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Prelude NY’s mission is to “support the dance community with a competition showcasing local and regional dance groups. By training and preparing for this event, we hope to enrich, strengthen and improve individual dancers and their dance groups.”
Stemming from Boston to Baltimore, the stretching to the Carolinas and all the way down South as far as Florida, the East Coast dance community has been growing and growing.
The New Jersey/New York Dance community is particularly noteworthy, with an exponential surge in number of groups and organizations formed in the recent few years, but also because of the Bronx’s role in Hip Hop culture in the 70’s. It only makes sense that the urban dance community in the region now now would be going as strong as they are.
Need proof? Check out the videos from the competition on Rhythm Addict TV’s channel. We already got the top 3 (er, 4, including the Future Division!) ready for you, right here.
Dreams in Motion (3rd Place) | Prelude NY Future Division 2016 | Rhythm Addict TV
Stuy Legacy (2nd Place) | Prelude NY Future Division 2016 | Rhythm Addict TV
Kozmic Edge (1st Place) | Prelude NY Modern Division 2016 | Rhythm Addict TV
Komakazies (1st Place)| Prelude NY Future Division 2016 | Rhythm Addict TV
Still hungry to learn more about the community, we sat down to chat with Christina from Hip Hop Theory.
“The competition this year was amazing. It was held at a completely different venue, but even that was a smooth transition. We had an engaged audience, huge crowd response, awesome vendors, and a lot of energy propelling the show.”
With a successful event behind them after months of planning and coordinating, Hip Hop Theory deserves a little breather.
But of course, that’s not how dancers work. We got #goals.
Christina spoke of hopes and dreams that both Hip Hop Theory and The New York / East Coast Dance Community as a whole aspires for.
“We really advocate for movement that speaks louder – and tells a story. One thing we really appreciate is the originality and craftsmanship from the West Coast dance scene, especially the intricate concept videos that send a message to their audience.”
It’s true – when artists dare to be more outspoken with their craft, and move for more than just movement’s sake, there is a far wider, more powerful impact that their art can have.
To do such things, the NY dance community will be seeing more production teams to work on such projects. Teams devoted to expression, in a more organized and professional way.
“We want to create videos of high production value – to do so, we need teams to storyboard, shoot, edit, etc.”
With more collaborative work from companies, crews, and even media outlets, the New York dance community is sure to see a lot more synergy and progress in all aspects of the craft.
Going from “visionary to actionary” is what is going to push us to show the world that dance is so much more than just dance. Dance unites. Dance can heal. Dance will makes you laugh, cry, and everything in between.
Dance is powerful art form with a powerful community re-shaping their role in the world.
With visionary and actionary groups like Hip Hop Theory, and the overall New York Dance Community working to move bigger, move better, we’re anxious to see how far we can go, and happy to be on the journey together.
STEEZY was beyond stoked to be present at the event, trying our best to capture the best moments of Prelude New York on camera. You can browse through our photos: