Full Circle Souljahs
Full Circle Souljahs

DanSpace May 17th- 19th 2018

  IN RESIDENCY AT DANSPACE IN SPRING, "BOXED IN" IS FULL CIRCLE'S LATEST HIIP HOP DANCE THEATER PIECE DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE CAST FOR CHOREOGRAPHY AND DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT/ SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT BY N'SANGOU N'JIKAM.

INSPIRED BY A SHORT PIECE PERFORMED AT CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE IN 2007 THEN LATER REVAMPED IN 2009, KWK AND ROK FLESH OUT THE CONCEPT AS AN EVENING LENGTH PIECE ENTITLED "OUTSIDE THE BACHX" FOR KENNEDY CENTER'S FAMILY THEATER IN 2015 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE JEROME FOUNDATION AND CUNY DANCE INITIATIVE SPACE AWARD IN ADDITION TO BRONX COUNCIL OF THE ARTS FUND AWARD.

IN 2017 FULL CIRCLE ADDED A NEW CAST MEMBERS AND SOME NEW REPERTOIRE. THE COMPANY WILL NOW PERFORM A REDUX WHICH REFLECTS THE DILEMA SOME ARTISTS FEEL WHEN THEIR DREAMS SOMETIMES ENTRAP THEM INTO A BOX.

FOLLOW 5 ARTISTS AND FRIENDS WHO TRY TO FIND THEIR WAY OUT OF SET PARAMETERS IN ORDER TO SATISFY THEIR PURPOSE WITH BALLET, CONCERT PIANO, DJING, BREAKING AND BEATBOX. 

JOIN US AT DANSPACE WITH THE FOLLOWING PHENOMENAL ARTISTS BELOW.. 

 

 

Jennifer Acosta was born and raised in the Bronx,New York.This Bronx Native grew up in Soundview Houses with her family.Jennifer was born with a passion for dance and she has been dancing since the early age of 3.Professionally dancing since the age of 13 till present.As a bronx native blending from old school and new style trends.She is proficient in many styles including Hip Hop,Break-dancing,Street Jazz,Contemporary,Salsa, and West African.Jennifer trained,performed, and work with one of the top dance companies,Full Circle Productions(Rokafella and Kwik Step),Rhythm City(Alonzo Williams) and Kr3ts(Violeta Galagarza).She performed with various well known artists such as Jim Jones(Stevenson H.S.) and Ludacris(2010 BET rip the runway).She performed in colleges,music videos,street performing, and promo events.Jennifer has taught dance classes and workshops to students of all ages and all levels of dance experience.Getting these opportunities set the platform for her to be recognized by the New York Times,Washington Post and Starett City Bk,Ny news paper,recognition as a teaching artist for Apollo.She is an ambitious mother of one child who continues to pursue her career in dance.Currently working as a teaching artist and performer.Follow her on instagram:jen_beasty88

Michael Bond started playing piano when he was 4 years old. By the time he was 6, he was playing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC. After competing classically for 7 years, he began studying jazz. He was mentored by artists Stanley Cowell, Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, and Mike LeDonne. Michael was a special recipient of both the Excellence in Jazz Performance Award and the Arthur G. Humphrey Award for Music Education while attending Rutgers University. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in both Jazz Performance and Music Education in 2012. Since then, the young pianist has continued to develop a growing audience in both the NYC music scene and around the world. Michael has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists including: the Captain Black Big Band, Conrad Herwig, Todd Bashore, Joe Ford, Tim Warfield, Josh Evans, David Gibson, Curtis Lundy, Duane Eubanks, Bruce Williams, Joe Magnarelli, Mark Gross and many others. He has performed at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. Michael will be featured on Jean Chaumont's upcoming record "The Beauty of Differences" which will be released in the Summer of 2018 featuring Grammy Nominated artists Ike Sturm, Rudy Royston, and Sam Sadigursky. Michael is a Community Advisory Board Member for WBGO 88.3.

Janice Tomlinson

was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a baccalaureate degree in Biology and Dance. She has a dance background in hip-hop, West African, jazz, contemporary, modern, and ballet and has performed in many renowned theatres such as the United Palace Theatre, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Symphony Space, The Kaye Playhouse, and Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre Company.

More notably, Janice has trained and performed abroad in Spain and Switzerland. While she dances and choreographs, she can also be found teaching classes at Ballet Hispánico and working in a laboratory in Manhattan.

Follow her journey on IG: @janice_tomlinson

Originally from California, Gene Shinozaki moved to Boston, MA, where he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in drumming. After Dropping out of Berklee, he found an interview of Reeps One on Beatbox Battle TV, which inspired him to dedicate his life to beatbox. He then immediately started busking to make money and turn this dream into a reality. Within two years, Gene began performing at popular venues and even starred in the Season Finale on Fox's hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance" (Season 10). In 2013, Gene entered his first beatbox battle, which would eventually lead him to become one of the most renown battlers in the world. Since the 2014 American Beatbox Championships, Gene has made it at least to semifinals in every battle. And in 2015, he won the Grand Beatbox Battles, held in Switzerland, making him the first American to take the title. Gene is currently one of the core members of the Brooklyn-based group, The Beatbox House. Gene has since moved to NYC to be closer to his crew.

IG @gvsbeatbox

BEAT BOXER GENE SHINOZAKI

Odylle ‘Mantis’ Beder is a native of Brooklyn and is a core member of Full Circle. She started her dance journey studying Ballet for 10 years at Ballet Tech and later with Urban Ballet Theater. She began breaking when she was 21 and after 4 years of learning from different Breakers she met Rokafella and Kwikstep in 2012 and began training under them. Since then she has won, the 2016 Freestyle Session Florida B-girl 1v1, was the two time winner of Queen B-girl 1v1 and was also a finalist in the 2017 IBE 1v1 B-girl battle. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Joyce Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. When she isn't competing or performing she teaches dance to young children at various dance schools and after school programs in NYC. IG @funkymantis

Raymond "Spex" Abbiw's career took off and he appeared in music videos with such artists as Mariah Carey, Joe, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and more. Spex also toured internationally in Japan and France. He made his off-broadway debut in the 2002 Full Circle Productions' production, Soular Power'd at New York's New Victory theater. He continues as a member of the Full Circle Dance Company touring throughout the U.S. and abroad including the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Spex continues to teach and perform nationally and internationally and is most happy about having his dream come true. IG and Twitter handle : spexboogz

 

John "Flonetik" Vinuya is a filipino american raised in Queens, New York and is a core member of Full Circle. He began his dance journey in 2008 as an assistant dance instructor in an afterschool program for Anthony Colon, who also taught him Martial arts in 2009. Late 2011 he met Kwikstep and Rokafella who taught at a recreational center. He then became a Full Circle member in 2012. After several years of training under Full Circle and developing his style, it led him to win several competitions such as Caraip-hop NYC qualifier in 2016, Get Fresh Vol. 2 in 2017, Universal Breaking League NY Qualifier in 2018. He also performed in several prestigious theaters such as The New Victory Theater, BAM, Kennedy Theater and Lincoln Center. When he's not competing and/or performing he teaches at various dance studios and afterschool programs.

IG: bboyflonetik

"Born in the Dominican Republic, Gabriel "EMPHASIS" Alvarez's passion for the arts started at an early age. In 2005, at the age of fifteen, he discovered breakdancing, the discipline that inspired him to pursue a career in dance. His love for learning and furthering his understandings of this art form led him to the discovery of the different styles like contemporary, house dance, ballet, commercial hip-hop and various partnering and latin styles. Gabriel currently works both commercially and theatrically, and has not only toured nationally and internationally with various groups, productions and artists, but has also taken part in a wide range of music videos, commercials, TV appearances, and competition titles"

Ig: @gabriel_emphasis

KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA -- HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM, COMPANY CO FOUNDERS, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS, CHOREOGRAPHERS, AND MANAGERS OF FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS.

TWITTER @FULLCIRCLESOUL

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