Bboyizm offers high-flying glimpse into hip-hop and break dance

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Energetic troupe brings new group dance spectacle to Confed Centre

CHARLOTTETOWN – Street-dancing is on deck this week at The Mack, presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre. Canadian dance troupe Bboyizm is like nothing Confederation Centre has hosted before, mixing heavy beats with break dancing moves that push artistic boundaries.

Bboyizm street dance troupe debuts their brand new spectacle, "Music Creates Opportunity," this Saturday, up close at The Mack at 7:30 p.m. A street dance master class will also be offered at the Confederation Centre on Friday at 4 p.m.

The seven-member dance crew rolls into town Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., presenting their latest spectacle, "Music Creates Opportunity."

Bboyizm has taken the Canadian dance scene by storm over the last 10 years. The hip-hop/street troupe has toured numerous shows across the continent, always emanating their motto, 'Dance to express! Not to impress!' and seeking to inspire audiences to become artistically expressive.

Gatineau, Que., native Yvon Soglo, aka 'Crazy Smooth,' first founded the troupe in 2004 as an investigation into the nature of artistic expression, challenging both dancers and the audience. Many of the crew performing alongside him today – three men and three women – were once his students, recruited along the journey.

"Music Creates Opportunity" is a brand new show co-produced by Bboyizm, the Canada Dance Festival, and the centre's sister institute, the National Arts Centre. This new show retains Bboyizm's hallmarks - humour, break dancing, and rocking - fusing it with contemporary dance, house, and even South African 'pantsula'.

Hip-hop music and an acrobatic physicality remains the base of the show, driving the energy throughout.

"The show's got its high points, its mysterious tones, and it maintains that level," says Crazy Smooth in a recent interview. "Comedy is always really important, so there is a little laughter."

Canadian dance producer, 10 Gates Dancing, says, "Their show is an engaging and intelligent journey of spirit, of dance, and of life. This is a smart new presentation of heart and humour."

 

An important part of Bboyizm's mandate is to give back to each community and help develop young dancers. A street dance master class will be offered at the Confederation Centre on Friday, March 14, at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Tamara Steele at 628-6111, or artseducation@confederationcentre.com.

Tickets for the Bboyizm's "Music Creates Opportunity," are available at the box office at (902) 566-1267 and toll-free and online at confederationcentre.com.

Bboyizm is presented by: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Dances Program, the Ontario Dance Directive, and the Northern Ontario Presenters.

Organizations: National Arts Centre, Confederation Centre, Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts Council Northern Ontario Presenters

Geographic location: Gatineau, Canada

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