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 PRESENT CAST FOR CHOREOGRAPHY.
INSPIRED BY A SHORT PIECE PERFORMED AT CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE IN 2007 THEN LATER REVAMPED IN 2009, KWIK AND ROK FLESHED OUT THE CONCEPT AS AN EVENING LENGTH PIECE WITH THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WORLD RENOWNED CLASSIC CONCERT PIANIST CRISTINA ALTAMURA. IT WAS THEN ENTITLED "OUTSIDE THE BACHX" FOR KENNEDY CENTER'S FAMILY THEATER IN 2015 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE JEROME FOUNDATION AND A CUNY DANCE INITIATIVE SPACE AWARD IN ADDITION TO BRONX COUNCIL OF THE ARTS FUND AWARD.
NOW IN 2018 FULL CIRCLE ADDED NEW CAST MEMBERS AND NEW REPERTOIRE. THE COMPANY WILL NOW PERFORM A REDUX WHICH REFLECTS THE DILEMA SOME ARTISTS FEEL WHEN THEIR DREAMS SOMETIMES ENTRAP THEM INTO A CATEGORY OR A BOX.
FOLLOW 5 ARTISTS AND FRIENDS WHO TRY TO FIND THEIR WAY OUT OF STIFLING PARAMETERS IN ORDER TO SATISFY THEIR PURPOSE WITH BALLET, CONCERT PIANO, DJING, BREAKING AND BEATBOX AND POETRY.
JOIN US AT DANSPACE WITH THE FOLLOWING PHENOMENAL ARTISTS WHOSE BIOS ARE BELOW.
THIS PERFORMANCE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF OUR DANCE PEERS, RELATIVES AND ANCESTORS WHO PAVED THE WAY.
REST IN PEACE.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -MUSIC CREDITS ARE: MAWTALIS REMIX, RACHMANINOV ETUDE-TABLEAUX Op.33 NO. 4 IN D MINOR, CHOPIN WALTS IN Ab Op. 69 , JUJU ORCHESTRA- BOSSA NOVA REMIX, CHRIS BROWN- FALLIN, SADE- PEARLS, BRUNO MARS- UPTOWN FUNK, VIVIAN GREEN-WORK, JENNIFER HUDSON-ITS YOUR WORLD, RUN DMC- PETER PIPER, J LL COOL J--JIGGLING BABY, ALICIA KEYS- IN COMMON, WU TAN- C.R.E.A.M SHARMELLES AS LONG AS I'VE GOT YOU, BEYONCE CRAZY LOVE, SHI LITES ARE YOU MY WOMAN, BACH PARTITA NO 2 IN C MINOR FUGUE, MOBB DEEP- SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST/SHOOK ONES RIP PRODIGY, KARIZMA -WORK IT OUT, JAMES BROWN -GIVE IT UP TURN IT LOOSE.
THANK YOU TO OUR GOOD FRIENDS JAMEE AND MICHAEL SHLEIFFER AND TO THE NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY DEANS OF THE DANCE DEPARTMENT FOR OFFERING A WEEK OF REHEARSAL SPACE TO OUR COMPANY.
THANK YOU TO RANDI AT THE INDIE FUND FOR THE FOG MACHINE ON LOAN.
THANK YOU TO DJ DP ONE FOR THE TURNTABLE EQUIPMENT TRANSPORT AND SUPPORT WITH THIS AND MANY FC/BTG EVENTS.
DEEP HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO OUR PRODUCTION STAFF LILLE D AND CAROL MULLIN.
THANK YOU TO JUDY HUSSIE TAYLOR FOR GIVING US A STAGE TO SHARE OUR TALENTS AND OUR STORY.
THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE TEAM AT DANSPACE FOR HELPING US AND SO MANY ARTISTS SHINE SO BRIGHT. NYC IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU AS A DANCE BEACON.
BOXED IN CAST--
Jennifer Acosta was born and raised in the Bronx,New York in Soundview Houses with her family. Jennifer was born with a passion for dance and has been dancing since the early age of 3. Professionally dancing since the age of 13 till present, her signature style consists of blending old school and new style dance trends. She is proficient in many styles including Hip Hop, Break dancing, Street Jazz,Contemporary, Salsa, and West African. Jennifer trained, performed, and worked with several premier NYC based dance companies including Full Circle Souljahs (Rokafella and Kwik Step),Rhythm City (Alonzo Williams) and Kr3ts(Violeta Galagarza). She performed with major recording artists such as Jim Jones(Stevenson H.S.) and Ludacris(2010 BET Rip the Runway). She has been featured in college festivals, music videos, street performances, and corporate events. Jennifer has taught dance classes/ workshops to students of all ages and all levels of dance experience including the Apollo Arts Ed programs. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post and Starett City Bk, and other NYC newspapers. She balances her career with motherhood seamlessly while inspiring other young dancers to focus on the positive aspects of life.
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.
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.
Odylle ‘Mantis’ Beder is a native of Brooklyn and a core member of Full Circle Souljahs. 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 with 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
John "Flonetik" Vinuya is a Filipino American dancer raised in Queens, New York and a core member of Full Circle Souljahs. 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. In 2011 he met Kwikstep and Rokafella who taught at a recreational center and became a Full Circle company member in 2012. After several years of training 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, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Theater and Lincoln Center. When he's not competing and/or performing he teaches at various dance studios and afterschool programs.
"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 understanding 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 won several dance competition titles"
Shaneekqua Woodham is a professional dancer born and raised in New York City. She began dancing at the age of 12 and has continued training ever since. She received her Associates in Liberal Arts & Dance Certificate at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT and has receieved her Bachelors in Dance at Hunter College. She is also a part of the Carmel Lorie Dance Company (Artistic Director Carmel Lorie), Aeturnus Dance Company (Artistic Director Clara Auguste) and has been featured in many videos and live performances. She hopes to work with many different artists and have lifelong career inspiring others through dance.
Deana Richline is an eighteen year old aspiring dancer, teacher, and choreographer born and raised in Harlem, New York. She has trained with choreographer (Ana *Rokafella* Garcia) and choreographer (Rhapsody). Slowly building her career, she has already performed at Six Flags Fright Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Momma's Hip hop kitchen Double Dutch Tribute, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Deana is pursuing a Dance Major at Lehman College while working as a dance team coach at her former high school. After this engagement she will perform with the FC Hardrocks for the American Tap Dance Foundation's Tap City show at the Duke Theater on July 11th 2018.
Sharmaine Sheppard was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She started dancing at the age of 15 at Triple 7 Dance Studio in Snellville, Ga under studio owner, Tamara Whitehead. She studied and is still currently studying hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap,modern, and contemporary. She danced there until she graduated high school. She currently attends The New School in New York City where she is double majoring in Psychology and Dance. There she met “Rokafella” and is currently training with her and Full Circle at The Point. She has performed in the 2018 Dance Parade with and is a member of Full Circle Souljahs all-style all-girl group The Hardrocks. Her next performance is with the American Tap Dance Foundation on July 11th. When she isn’t performing, she is teaching dance after school programs in NYC.
KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA -- HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM, COMPANY CO FOUNDERS, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS, CHOREOGRAPHERS, AND MANAGERS OF FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS.
THEY WILL RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL DANCE TEACHER AWARD IN JUNE. https://www.broadwayworld.com/