Full Circle Souljahs
Full Circle Souljahs
Atomik, Rok, Ramo, Kwikstep, Forrest and Spex 7.31.20

ACTIVE ON THE UNDERGROUND--

 

SUMMER IS HERE AND BRINGING HEAT IN ADDITION TO IT'S VERY UNIQUE 2020 CHALLENGES. WE ARE STILL ON HIATUS THOUGH YOU CAN CHECK OUT SPEX, ROKAFELLA AND FLONETIK'S INSTAGRAM FOR INFO ON THEIR ONLINE CLASSES. KWIKSTEP STILL GOES LIVE ON HIS IG SO PLEASE CHECK IN AT 6PM MON/WED/FRI.

KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA ARE SUPPORTING OTHER EFFORTS TO KEEP DANCE GOING SUCH AS ATTENDING ROUNDS OF FLAMEZ IN UNION SQUARE PARK AND THE KINGS OF NY'S DANCE PARTY ON SATURDAYS AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK. 

 

THE SECOND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE STREET DANCE SCENE IS COMING UP ON THE 22ND AFTER A VERY SUCCESSFUL FIRST ONE THAT INCLUDED A CROSS GENRE, MULTI ETHNIC AND MULTI GENERATIONAL GATHERING. THANK YOU TO LADY KROW AND ALL THE PANELISTS AND ESPECIALLY TO BRINDA GUHA WHO MANAGED THE ZOOM WEBINAR AND THERAPIST EBONY RUSSELL FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND KNOWLEDGE. NEW PANELISTS WILL BE ATTENDING THIS SECOND CONVERSATION. 

 

A NATIONAL EFFORT TO BRING CULTURE BACK TO THE BREAKIN SCENE IS STARTING TO MOTIVATE MANY DANCERS TO REFLECT ON HOW TO RETURN TO THE NATURAL ASPECTS OF OUR DANCE EXPRESSION AND ITS ROOTS. IN THE MONTH OF JUNE AND JULY MEETINGS WERE HELD TO CONNECT LEADERS AND PEERS NATIONALLY TO EXPRESS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACKNESS AND THE ERASING OF CULTURE IN OUR DANCE WORLD. THERE IS A DESIRE TO REGROW OUR CONNECTION TO THE OTHER ELEMENTS AND TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AS WELL AS BUILD TOWARDS THE FUTURE AS OUR YOUNG DANCERS BECOME MORE SKILLED IN THE BUSINESS OF DANCE.  MORE INFO TO COME ABOUT THIS UNITED HIP HOP VANGUARD. 

 

LOOK OUT FOR AN ALL THE LADIES SAY DOCUMENTARY REUNION AND LIVE SCREENING/WATCH PARTY IN MID SEPTEMBER AS WELL AS A GATHERING OF OUR DANCE BROTHERS TO DISCUSS THE

TWO SIDES OF BATTLING-- HEALTHY COMPETITION/DESTRUCTIVE ENERGY FUNDED BY THE BRONX COUNCIL ON THE ARTS. 

 

WE HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN YOUR NUTRITIONAL REGIMEN AND STAY ACTIVE PHYSICALLY. IF YOU GO OUTSIDE,

PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WEAR YOUR MASK WHEN YOU ARE INSIDE A PUBIC VENUE. HOWEVER, "PLEASE GO OUTSIDE AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN AND RECONNECT TO NATURE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN."-- ROKAELLA, CO FOUNDER FCP.

 

 WE STILL HAVE OVERHEAD EXPENSES LIKE TWO WEBSITES ( FCS AND ATLS) AND ONE STORAGE UNIT.

IF YOU CAN MAKE A DONATION TO OUR PAYPAL, IT WOULD GREATLY HELP OUR ORGANIZATION TO THRIVE.  AT THIS TIME, MANY DANCE BASED COMPANIES/STUDIOS FACE THE CHALLENGE OF HOW TO REMAIN OPEN AND HOW TO OFFER PERFORMANCES/EVENTS. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO HAVE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SINCE WE HAVE A STREET DANCE FOUNDATION BUT IF WE ARE NOT GENERATING INCOME, WE MAY NEED TO SHUT DOWN AS THE WEATHER GETS COLD. DANCING IN OUR APARTMENTS WILL BECOME STALE AND OUR COMMUNITY MAY NEED TO RECOVER FROM LACK OF PERSON TO PERSON INTERACTION. 

YOU CAN SEARCH PAYPAL FOR

@FCS360

OR

FULLCIRCLESOUL@HOTMAIL.COM

TO MAKE YOUR DONATION. 

THANK YOU AGAIN.. OUR IG IS @FULLCIRCLESOULJAHS AND WE HAVE A FACEBOOK FAN PAGE UNDER THE SAME NAME. PLEASE FOLLOW US AND STAY TUNED AS WE KEEP THE FIRES BURNING. 

 

HERE IS ALINK TO A PERFORMANCE IN 2011 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7qsi_EdsIo&fbclid=IwAR1Eq3W6CiyKOhdoYw6KTAfRkqiZhE7m-Odzc4VbW2m25v_9DLfKPE__6Xk

 

 

OUR CULTURE WAS BORN OUT OF CRISIS AND HAS THRIVED ALMOST 50 YEARS DESPITE ALL THE OBSTACLES ENCOUNTERED. WE INTEND TO STAY INSPIRED AND EMPOWERED BY OUR ELDER'S RESILIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE. 

PEACE. 

Full Circle has, always, since its birth, believed that there is racial inequality in America and has brought visibility to how it has affected our community. Art is the best way to spark conversation and to educate audiences.

Hip hop emerged as a post civil rights movement to reinvigorate young black and brown people in their quest for respect and love. The classic dance forms and the other fundamental elements of Hip hop culture testify to the intelligence and resilience of a people that have encountered racism and are coping with generational trauma.

We fold our political commentary in our theater pieces since 1999 ("Bullet Proof" at The Painted Bride) to 2018 ("Boxed In" at DanSpace) and in our local workshops and peer-to-peer dialogues.

Change must happen on all levels including the Hip hop dance community, we must take an honest look at how we enable racial inequality as we teach, perform and organize events. We would like to thank organizations such as KR3T's, BAAD and Pepatian who have helped us through the years as well as the Bronx Council on the Arts. We will continue to offer uplifting progamming that highlights our urban super stars and super heroes!

 

The murder of George Floyd by four police officers must be tried in court and JUSTICE must prevail. We add our voices to the widespread outcry for the investigation of brutality by police officers on the Black and Brown communities across the nation.

                                              BLACK LIVES MATTER

Women's History Month show 2012 FCSS

Thank you to all who have been checking in to see how our dancers are coping with this sudden health crisis. We are all healthy and taking precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. 

All of our activities are on hold and most of our sessions are tranisitioning to online platforms. Performances are post-poned until further notice.

 

Kwikstep is going live on Mondays Wednesays and Fridays at 6p EST via

Instagram to keep the Behind The Groove vibe going and feature some dancers.

 

Our company members who teach are also going to begin offering online classes and we will let you know how to gain access.  

 

In honor of Women's History Month you can check out this video of an all girl FC Soulsister performance presented by The Gay Center back in 2012 made up of dance company members, students from the Door and local NYC B Girl and House dance community friends! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv0NuUdrGyI&list=FLXPKMhcmOddGZg0nDkPCvQ&index=75&t=0s

 We will keep you updated as we move forward despite the social distance measures in place at this time. WE ask that you stay healthy by exercising daily and boost your immune system with your dietary choices.

 

Thank you again for your support and keep checking the IG/ Facebook/Twitter accounts for more recent posts.

 

IF you would like to make a donation to keep our artistic mission going, you can go to Paypal and search for fullcirclesoul@hotmail.com We appreciate your support especially at this very challenging time. 

 

We will get through this since we have witnessed the emergence of Hip hop despite many difficulties as a global phenomenon and still manage to uplift the masses.. and it will continue to do that at this time.. so will we!

 

Thank you to all who attended our Valentine's Day Behind The Groove party with special guest Barbara Tucker. She raised the roof with her powerful vocals and her inspiring message to keep believing in yourself. 

The NY Fashion week pre party was a success showcasing Shiro and Cesar Valentino along with ShiRoka exclusive designs. Make up by @beatbybonnie, hair by Sayo hair and photos by Ali-- Arc Cinemedia. Thank you to the models and the VIP who attended the meet and greet! Thank you to Joto Sake for the refreshments! 

We look forward to March for two street dance theater solos from attendees of our workshops at Gibney Dance Studios. Deana and Serrinity will debut their new pieces at the 13th annual Momma's Hip hop Kitchen taking place at Hostos Community College on March 7th.  Thank you again to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation for the funding to support the development of street dancers as they delve into Theatrical storytelling. 

We wanted to thank CHULO MENS Underwear for making a donation to Full Circle as part of their NYFW fashion benefit on February 8th. Rokafella has been a participant of CHULO fashion shows with Deana and Janice in the past. This year Rokafella hit their runway showcasing her dance and as a model for Bodysuitsme

Please support KINGS of NY event happening on Feb 29th and Momma's Hip hop Kitchen on March 8th. 

Our next Behind The Groove will celebrate the birth of the inventor of the scratch-- GRAND WIZARD THEODORE  on March 12th with DJ DP One and DJ KS360. Join us in Brooklyn!

If you would like to support our company with a donation or media service or as a volunteer, please contact us here.

We are working on setting up a public Breaking practice session in a gym in the Bronx. We hope by Summertime this will become a reality. 

Thank you for your great vibes and Happy Black History Month. Check out the photos below. 

 

 

Join us on Feb 13th for our Valentine's Day Behind The Groove party in Brooklyn with special guest Barbara Tucker singing her hits. DJ DP One and Kwikstep/KS360 will play the dance hits hosted by Rokafella. Prior to the party we are having a VIP reception to showcase designers Shiro/ShiRoka and Cesar Valentino and some of their exclusive pieces. 

 

We are honored to be a recipient of Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to address the inequitable distribution of resources in the dance field and advance resilience by supporting dance makers with annual budgets between $25,000 and $1 million. Each recipient receives 2-year general support awards of $5-$15K annually.

Learn more:

 https://www.dance.nyc/programs/funds/danceadvancement

 

Check our IG @fullcirclesouljahs and Twitter @fullcirclesoul for updates

on our company events activities and shows. 

 

Please support Hip hop culture..

Kwikstep is DJing at this year's Kings Of NY on Feb 29th please invite your friends and family. 

Also coming up is the annual Women in Hip hop at Hostos Community College-- Momma's Hip hop Kitchen concert on March 7th.

Flyers below. 

 

 

 

JOIN US ON JAN 20TH FOR OUR FIRST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE CROTONA SECTION OF THE BRONX REPPING FOR OUR PHIPPS PARTNERS IN HONOR OF THE LEGACY OF REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 

 

PHOTOS OF THE FIRST BEHIND THE GROOVE OF 2020 SOON TO FOLLOW. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS LONGVIEW, ROCK AND WRITE AND OUR INDIVIDUAL FC DONORS/ANGELS. 

THANK YOU TO OUR GUESTS DJ JAZZY JAY, MELLE MEL, BGIRL LOGISTIX AND POPPER J STYLES. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR RESIDENT DJ AND FLOOR BROTHER DJ DP ONE AND THANK YOU TO OUR PRODUCER KWIKSTEP/DJ KS360. 

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS NAY MARIE, CMAR AND MARIO LOBO WERE BACK IN THE HOUSE CAPTURING THE VIBES AND DANCERS INCLUDING LEGACY BREAKERS FROM SUPREME BEINGS AND XFENS WHO TOOK THE CHALLENGE TO RE ENACT THE BATTLE SCENE THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE BEAT STREET MOVIE AND THEN BROUGHT US ALL TO ANOTHER REALM!! 

JIGGZ AND DANNY INFAMOUS CALLED ON NYC'S YOUNG LEGENDARY BREAKERS WHO REP FOR THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE CULTURE.


LOOK OUT FOR OUR VALENTINE'S DAY/NYFW BTG HAPPENING ON FEB 13TH AT THE BOGART HOUSE. THE DIVA OF HOUSE BARBARA TUCKER WILL PERFORM HER CLASSIC HITS AT MIDNIGHT. $15 AFTER 1030P. LADIES FREE BEFORE 1030P. RED AND WHITE SUGGESTED DRESS CODE.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FULL CIRCLE THIS FAR. STAY TUNED FOR MORE PHOTOS AND EVENT LISTINGS ON OUR IG AND FACEBOOK PROFILES. 

 

WE WISH OUR COMPANY FOUNDER KWIKSTEP A SAFE AND EVENTFUL TRIP TO SWITZERLAND FOR THE AU DE LA PREJUCES EVENT LATE JANUARY!! 

ROKAFELLA BEGINS TEACHING AT THE NEW SCHOOL, NJPAC AND PS 36 FOR THE SPRING SEMESTERS. 

WE CONTINUE TO OFFER DANCE TRAINING AT SOTOMAYOR CENTER AND LOOK FORWARD TO UPCOMING SHOWCASES AND EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS IN SPRING. 

 

HAPPY 2020!!!!! 

 

 

 

'TIS THE SEASON! AND IT'S AROUND THE CORNER

SO WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY FROM OUR IMMEDIATE AND EXTENDED DANCE FAMILY!

 

AND

join us as we celebrate DP ONE's Birthday with a throw back to

the Roxy's Beat Street days dancing to beats played by

SPECIAL guest DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Supreme Beings and X FEnz will re enact the battle scene

happening at the Bogart House 230 Bogart St Brooklyn. 

 

 

 

LOOKING BACK---- IN NOVEMBER ROKAFELLA GOT THE CHANCE TO TAKE A BREAK FROM NEW YORK CITY'S WINTER WEATHER AND WAS INVITED TO JUDGE IN MARTINIQUE FOR CARAIP-HOP. THANK YOU TO DAVID MILOME FOR INVITING ROK AND ALSO FOR CONTINUING TO CULTIVATE HIP HOP CULTURE FOR YOUR SCENE WITH THIS ANNUAL EVENT.

 

ROKAFELLA WAS ALSO INVITED TO BE A PART OF A HIP HOP COHORT MEETING AT THE PERFORMING ARTS LIBRARY IN LICOLN CENTER WITH MICHAEL HOLMAN, TONI BLACKMAN, NSANGOU NJIKAM AND DARIAN DAUCHAN. 

 

WE TRANSITIONED OUT OF NOVEMBER WITH A CELEBRATION OF DANCE LIFE AT BEHIND THE GROOVE AS WE HIT A TEN YEAR MILESTONE. THANK YOU TO ALL THE DANCERS, MUSICIANS, DJ’S AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HAVE BLESSED OUR PARTY SINCE 2009. 

 

THE START OF DECEMBER BROUGHT ROKAFELLA TO DELAWARE TO HOST FOR JUSTE DEBOUT WITH BRAVE MONK. 

 

 

 

 

AS WE CELEBRATE THESE HOLIDAYS AND BRING IN THE NEW YEAR WE TAKE A LOOK BACK ON A YEAR OF DANCE TRIUMPHS. OUR DANCE CREW AND COMPANY HAVE BEEN GROWING AND LEVELING UP ALL THROUGHOUT 2019.

 

FULL CIRCLE VENTURED INTO THE FASHION WORLD WITH THE HARDROCKS FOR THE SHIROKA LINE AT THE FASHION BOOGIE.

 

MANTIS JUDGED SEVERAL LOCAL BREAKING COMPETITIONS  AND WAS INVITED TO THE REDBULL NATIONALS.

 

FLONETIK WAS INVITED TO THE PHILLY REDBULL CYPHER AS HE IS NOW REACHING A LEVEL OF VISIBILITY IN THE BREAKING SCENE.

 

THE CREW REPRESENTED BREAKING AT “BEYOND THE STREETS NYC OPENING.

 

ROKAFELLA WAS INVITED TO REPRESENT WOMEN IN HIP HOP ON A PANEL FOR THE VIEWING OF HBO SERIES “WARRIOR.”

 

 

THIS YEAR FULL CIRCLE LAUNCHED AN INSTAGRAM PLEASE FOLLOW THE RETRO-FUTURE PROFILE @FULLCIRCLESOULJAHS TWITTER IS ALSO THE SAME HANDLE.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED BY DONATING,  ATTENDED, PARTICIPATED AND RETURNED THE LOVE ALL LAST YEAR. 

WE ARE ENJOYING A WINTER BREAK AND WILL PICK UP TRAINING AND UPCOMING ACTIVITIES SOON. PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH SO YOU CAN ENJOY OUR PASSIONATE CAST AND CREW AS THEY ROCK ON INTO THE NEW YEAR. 

YOU CAN CATCH KWIKSTEP SPINNING FOR A VERY SPECIAL BEHIND THE GROOVE JAN 9TH, MORE ON THAT SOON!

 

 

STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES INCLUDING HOLIDAY PARTIES ACTIVITIES AND/OR SHOWS.

 

 

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE "CONTACT US" TAB AND LETS BUILD.

 

 

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS PEPATIAN,THE POINT CDC, WALLWORKS, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER, BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!!

 

WE ARE CELEBRATING A TEN YEAR MILESTONE FOR OUR DANCE PARTY THAT WAS SPARKED AS A RESPONSE TO THE CHANGING NIGHTLIFE ATMOSPHERE IN NYC THAT WAS NOT ACCOMODATING FOR THE DANCE COMMUNITY TO ENGAGE EACH OTHER LIKE IN THE HEY DAY OF NYC'S CLUBS.

 

KWIKSTEP JUMPED AT A CHANCE TO HOST A NIGHT AT LE POISSOIN ROUGE  BACK IN 2009 TO BRING AN OPEN FORMAT OF MUSIC EMPASSING DANCE GENRES LIKE 90'S RAP, FUNK, MOTOWN, DANCEHALL, HOUSE, SALSA, BREAKS AND TODAY'S DANCE HITS WITH DJ DP ONE AND LIVE MUSICIANS--  A THROW BACK TO GIANT STEP  AND HOUSE NATION PARTIES ETC.

 

LOCAL DANCERS AND THOSE VISITING US FROM ABROAD BLESSED OUR DANCE FLOORS WITH THEIR PASSION AND CREATIVITY. ARTISTS SUCH AS STRAFE, HOMEBOY SANDMAN AND OTHERS JAMMED ON STAGE AS WELL AS ALL STAR COMPETITORS LIT UP THE CIRCLES AS THE DECADE FLEW BY BRINGING US TO LINCOLN CENTER AND TIME SQUARE AMONG OTHER LOCATIONS.

WE WILL POST UP PHOTOS FROM THE BEGINNING OF A YEAR LONG CELEBRATION OF TALENT AND HIGH VIBES.

 

THANK YOU TO DJ DPONE, KWIKSTEP, ROKAFELLA, MARIO LOBO, WILL FOCUS AND NAY MARIE, KEITH MIDDLETON, RON RENAISSANCE, HAITIAN PAT, IT-TV, FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS AND ALL THE DANCERS, LIVE PAINT ARTISTS, MUSICIANS AND DONORS WHO MADE THE MEMORIES SO VIBRANT.

 

REST IN PEACE TO KID DYNAMO WHO ROCKED HIS LOCKING HUSTLE/ SALSA /FUNK AND OF COURSE HIS ROLLERSKATE SKILLS, TO SLEXX WHO ROCKED THE FLOOR AND HIS HUSTLE SKILLS, TO HEADSPIN JESUS WHO BROUGHT HIS MOVES/ LAUGHTER AND HIS DRUMMING TO THE FLOW AND TO SHAKE WHO GAVE US MUCH INSPIRATION ON THE DANCE FLOOR.  

WE RESURRECT THE ANCESTORS WITH TRADITION AND NOW YOU WILL BE IN THE MIDST AS WE PROCEED TO GIVE WHAT THEY NEED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE SET OFF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER WITH A PERFORMANCE AT THE BRONX MUSEUMS GALA IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HENRY CHALFANT "ART VS. TRANSIT" EXHIBIT.

 

TWO WEEKS LATER WE WERE INVITED BACK TO MUSEUM FOR FAMILY DAY. WE OFFERED A PERFORMANCE AND A SMALL WORKSHOP FOR THE YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ATTENDED.

 

ROKAFELLA PERFORMED HER HIT SINGLE “ONE DANCE” AT THE BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA. CONGRATULATIONS TO ARTHUR AVILES, AND CHARLES GONZALES AND STAFF FOR 20 YEARS OF COMMUNITY WORK AND ART SUPPORTING AND REPRESENTING DANCERS, QUEER ARTISTS, ARTISTS OF COLOR AND WOMEN. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING FULL CIRCLE AND ALWAYS GIVING US  A PLATFORM.

 

YOU WATCH A CLIP OF LA ROKA PERFORMING AT THE GALA HERE:

https://www.facebook.com/LaRokafellaNYC/videos/515362205952585/

 

YOU CAN BUY LA ROKA’S TRACK FROM BANDCAMP FROM THE LINK BELOW

http://larokanyc.bandcamp.com/track/one-dance-rok-on

SHE ALSO TRAVELED TO MARTNIQUE FOR CARAIP HOP EVENT AND TO HOUSTON FOR THE 8TH ANNUAL BGIRL CITY.

 

DJ KS 360 SPUN AT RICH MEDINAS  “HOME” PARTY YOU CAN SEE A CLIP OF THE PARTY HERE:

https://www.facebook.com/gabrielkwikstep.dionisio/videos/2800076050025110/    YOU CAN FOLLOW HIM ON IG @DJSK360

 

 

FLONETIK, MANTIS AND FORREST FLEW TO ORLANDO TO ATTEND TEMPLE  ROCK 6. MANTIS COMPETED IN THE BGIRL 7 TO SMOKE AND FLONETIK AND FORREST ENTERED THE BBOY 1V1. YOU CAN SEE PHOTOS IN THE ALBUM ABOVE AND FOLLOW THEM ON IG

@FUNKYMANTIS  @BBOYFLONETIK @FORRESTKNIGHTJR

 

 

WE CAME TOGETHER FOR HALLOWEEN AND CELEBRATED TEN YEARS OF BEHIND THE GROOVE FOR OUR MASQUERADE MONSTER BALL HALLOWEEN EDITION. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COSTUME CONTEST WINNER KAREEM BENJAMIN, THE CYPHER KING BBOY POLLO AND THE CYPHER QUEEN MERRILL JOSEFFER. THANK YOU TO FORREST KNIGHT WITH LONGVIEW AND "ROCK AND WRITE" FOR DONATING FUNDS FOR THE PRIZE WINNERS. THANK YOU TO VICTORIA JAMES, SPEX AND RU FOR JUDGING THE CONTESTS. THANK YOU TO DJS DP ONE AND KS 360 FOR BRINGING LIFE TO THE PARTY WITH THEIR SKILLS ON THE TURN TABLES. THANK YOU TO ROKAFELLA FOR HOSTING BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SCORPIOS WHO CELEBRATED THEIR BIRTHDAYS THAT NIGHT. FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS HELPED OUT WITH THE SET UP AND BREAK DOWN OF EQUIPMENT AND BROUGHT THEIR SKILLS TO THE PARTY!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME AND ROCKED OUT ADDING TO THE VIBE WITH YOUR AMAZING COSTUMES! WE HOPE TO RETURN TO BOGART HOUSE SOON FOR MORE BTG FESTIVITIES!

 

WE LOST TWO AMAZING DANCERS RECENTLY. REST IN PEACE TO KARIM BAROUCHE OF AKTUEL FORCE AND MANUEL “SLEX” ECHEVARRIA OF TBB. WE SEND OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THEIR IMMEDIATE AND DANCE FAMILIES.

 

 

AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH WE WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A SAFE AND UNFORGETTABLY LOVING SEASON AS THE YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORT US AND THE MOVEMENT OF OUR HIP HOP COMMUNITY LOCALLY AND WORLDWIDE.

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES INCLUDING HOLIDAY PARTIES ACTIVITIES AND/OR SHOWS.

WE RECENTLY LAUNCHED A FULL CIRCLE INSTAGRAM PLEASE FOLLOW THE RETRO-FUTURE PROFILE @FULLCIRCLESOULJAHS TWITTER IS ALSO THE SAME HANDLE.

 

 

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE "CONTACT US" TAB AND LETS BUILD.

 

 

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS PEPATIAN,THE POINT CDC, WALLWORKS, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER, BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALL IS STARTING TO COOL THINGS OFF BUT WE'RE STILL ON FIRE! CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE UPCOMING OCTOBER EVENTS:

 

OCT 19TH FULL CIRCLE WILL BE PERFROMING AT THE BRONX MUSEUM FOR FAMILY DAY.

 

OCT 22ND ROKAFELLA WILL PERFORM HER DANCE HIT "ONE DANCE" AT BAAD'S 20th ANNIVERSARY/ GALA IN MANHATTAN.

 

OCT 26th KWIKSTEP WILL BE DJING AT THE PARTY KNOWN AS "HOME" IN BROOKLYN. 

 

OCT 30TH FULL CIRCLE WILL BE HOSTING A HALLOWEEN EDITION BEHIND THE GROOVE MASQUERADE BALL AT 230 BOGART STREET SO COME IN YOUR COSTUME READY TO DANCE!

 

LOOKING BACK ON SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS.  ROKAFELLA, DEANA  AND JANICE MODELED FOR CHULO UNDERWEAR NYFW SHOW RAISING FUNDS FOR EL MAESTRO BOXING GYM.

 

FOTOS ABOVE.

 

BEASTY ALSO MODELED FOR NEW YORK FASHION WEEK, PERFORMING FOR THE PUMA X JAHNKOY COLLABORATION AT F.I.T.  AND WAS FEATURED IN VOGUE MAGAZINE ONLINE!

 

KWIKSTEP, PEACHES, AND ROKAFELLA COLLABORATED FOR A COMEDY SHOW AT THE BRONX HERITAGE CENTER.

 

ROKAFELLA WAS INVITED TO GIVE A FREE CLASSS FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL BOOGIE ON THE BOULEVARD FESTIVAL.

 

ROK AND KWIK  MAKE DANCE CAMEOS IN SYNACURE'S MUSIC VIDEO "WHO WE ARE NOW" STARRING THE LAST POETS! IT PREMIERED AT THE URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

 

WE HOSTED OUR 2ND "HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE" JAM AT WALLWORKS GALLERY-- OWNED BY LEGENDARY GRAFFITI WRITER CRASH ONE. THE VIBE WAS INTENSE AND VIBRANT AS ALTERNATING HIP HOP AND HOUSE MIXES SPARKED CYPHERS THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.  SCREENING OF CLIPS HONORING HOUSE AND HIP HOP DANCE ICONS SUCH AS WILLI NINJA, VOODOO RAY, MARJORY AS WELL AS  PHILADELPHIA'S CLUB DANCE AMBASSADOR DINITA CLARK WHO TRAVELLED WITH HER HUSBAND AND DANCE PARTNER TO SHARE THEIR PASSION WITH THE NYC COMMUNITY. WE FOLLOWED UP BY PRESENTING OUR FULL CIRCLE "ON FIRE" AWARD TO PEACHES RODRIGUEZ, A LIVING LEGEND WHO CONTINUES TO REPRESENT THIS ORIGINAL DANCE AND GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY 30+ YEARS LATER. FOLLOWING THE AWARD CEREMONY WAS AN EXHIBITION 2ON2 MIXED TEAM BATTLE JUDGED BY CRICKET, CALEAF AND ROKAFELLA. YOU CAN WATCH CLIPS OF THE BATTLE BY CLICKING THE LINKS BELOW:

 

Jungle vs Kyle https://www.instagram.com/p/B3B3Rr_Bvnw/

 

Sir Greg vs Trent https://www.instagram.com/p/B3Bz2nWhcFF/

 

TO WRAP UP THE NIGHT JENNIFER 'BEASTY' ACOSTA LIT UP THE FLOOR WITH A CHOREOGRAPHED PIECE THAT FEATURED BBOY MACHO AND THE FC HARDROCKS. YOU CAN WATCH HER SHOW BY CLICKING THE YOUTUBE LINK BELOW:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=N_QzOvZUDyY&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3GdTPdGeuKTSFIFE_OZgGsILihUbArQm03A1xATruLfUrmwG31VSGlRcE

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO FIRST GIVE A THANK YOU TO THE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT WALLWORKS, BIO /TATS CRU WHOSE ARTWORK BROUGHT THE ENVIRONMENT TO LIFE AT HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE 2! THANK YOU TO BRONX COUNCIL ON THE ARTS FOR THE ARTS FUND AWARD. THANK YOU TO ROK AND WRITE (RAW) KRIS YIN FOR THE SPONSORSHIP AND PRESENCE IN THE CIRCLES. THANK YOU TO LONGVIEW SPONSORSHIP.

 

THANK YOU TO SHANEEQUA GREEN FOR THE LAST MINUTE ASSISTANCE WITH THE EPSON SCREEN. THANK YOU YVETTE FOR SHARING THE VOODOO RAY FILM CLIP- HIS LEGACY LIVES ON THROUGH YOU AND HIS DANCE FAMILY.

 

THANK YOU TO FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS FOR THE SET UP AND BREAK DOWN AND RUN OF SHOW ASSISTANCE! THANK YOU TO KYLE WHO REPLACED DINITA IN THE BATTLES. THANK YOU TO DP ONE FOR THE SOUND EQUIPMENT AND FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC HE ALWAYS BRING!!

 

THANK YOU KELLY PETERS FOR BRINGING YOUR BRICKHOUSE STUDIO DANCE FAMILY TO THIS GATHERING. THANK YOU FINALLY TO THE GODS AND GODESSES WHO SHOWED UP AS TRUE ELDERS AND CARRIERS OF THE TORCH FOR THIS NYC DANCE TRIBE -- MICKEY WITH NXT LVL / FEMME FATALE BX DANCERS, OUR SISTERS IN GRAF, SHIRO, JAI GREEN CAPS, JENNY SCRATCH AND SO MANY BEAUTIFUL SPIRITS IN THAT GALLERY!

 

HUGE THAN KYOU KWIKSTEP FOR PUTTING THIS THING TOGETHER AND BEING BRAVE. YOU HAVE THE VISION AND THAT ORIGINAL SPARK. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US ALONG ON THIS MAGIC CARPET RIDE!

 

HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE 2 WAS A SUCCESS BECAUSE OF ALL OF YOU! YOU ARE ALL ROYALTY AND PARTNERS IN THIS CULTURE. HOLD ON TO THE VIBE FROM SATURDAY. SEE YALL OUT THERE AGAIN SOON!   

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES. WE RECENTLY LAUNCHED A FULL CIRCLE INSTAGRAM PLEASE FOLLOW THE RETRO-FUTURE PAGE @FULLCIRCLESOULJAHS TWITTER IS ALSO THE SAME. 

 

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT US TAB AND LETS BUILD.

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

 

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE POINT CDC, WALLWORKS, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER, PEPATIAN AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!!

 

 

 

THIS SUMMER IS COMING TO A CLOSE AND IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO GET BACK TO CLASS AND LEARN HIP HOP FROM A LEGENDARY NYC NATIVE CHECK OUT KWIKSTEPS CLASS AT BROOKLYN ZOO. HIS SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED AND HE WILL NOW BE TEACHING THERE EVERY THURSDAY FROM 6-7PM. 

 

AUGUST 28TH KWIKSTEP ALSO RESUMED HIS CLASS AT QUEENS COLLEGE.  

 

SEPT 7TH AT 2PM MANTIS WILL BE PERFORMING AT "THE DRUM BOOGIE FESTIVAL" IN ANDY LEE FIELD, WOODSTOCK, NY WITH ANTHONY “INVERTEBRATE” RODRIGUEZ FOR THE BEAT BOX HOUSE. YOU CAN GET TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drum-boogie-festival-tickets-61234730728?aff=ebapi

 

ALSO ON SEPT 7TH ROKAFELLA AND JANICE  AND DEANA WILL MODEL FOR CHULO UNDERWEAR IN THE SPRING FASHION WEEK SHOW / FUNDRAISER AT EL MAESTRO IN THE BRONX. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO.

 

SEPT 12TH KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA WILL PERFORM AS PART OF THE BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER'S COMEDY NIGHT FEATURING PEACHES RODRIGUES.

 

SEPT 17TH AT 3PM ROKAFELLA WILL TEACH A FREE OUTDOOR DANCE WORKSHOP AT THE BRONX MUSEUM'S BOOGIE ON THE BOULEVARD FESTIVAL.

 

SEPT 28TH 5PM - 11PM WE WILL BE HAVING OUR 2ND “HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE” AT WALL WORKS IN THE BRONX OWNED BY THE ICONIC GRAFFITI ARTIST CRASH ONE. JOIN US FOR PERFORMANCES, TRIBUTES, EXHIBITION BATTLES, AND GOOD MUSIC THAT WILL BRIDGE BOTH HIP HOP AND HOUSE WORLDS FOR A POWERFUL EVENING AND BRING GENERATIONS OF DANCERS TOGETHER. THERE IS A  5$ SPACE DONATION.  THE EVENT  IS SPONSORED BY THE BRONX COUNTIL ON THE ARTS AND FULL CIRCLE PROD INC. 

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF AUGUST INCLUDE FLONETIK AND MANTIS IN MIAMI FOR “FAMEST” FOR THE FLIPSIDE KINGS ANNIVERSARY. FLONETIK MADE IT TO THE TOP 32 AND MANTIS WON THE TITLE OF CYPHER QUEEN. 

 

ROKAFELLAS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WAS A BEAUTIFUL ONE AS WE PARTIED AT THE DELANCEY FOR THE WILDSTYLE VS BEAT STREET THEME COLLAGE PARTY. YOU CAN SEE PHOTOS FROM THAT NIGHT IN THE ALBUM ABOVE.  THANK YOU TO SAVIOR FOR LETTING US CELEBRATE HIP HOP AND ROKAFELLA WHO HAS MADE AN IMPACT TO SO MANY IN THE HIP HOP COMMUNITY.

 

AUG 17TH ROKAFELLA AND SHIRO’S CLOTHING LINE “SHIROKA” WAS FEATURED IN THE POINT CDC’S “FASHION BOOGIE” FASHION EVENT ALONG WITH OTHER BRONX FASHION DESIGNERS AND GRAFFITI ARTISTS SUCH AS CRASH ONE, BG183 AND ANJLNYC. THANK YOU TO PRODUCERS JAI GREEN CAPS AND CRYSTAL GOMEZ FOR HAVING US! 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH ROKAFELLA AND SHIRO ON THE RUNWAY WITH FULL CIRCLE SISTERS JANICE, BEASTY, DEANA, AND MANTIS AS WELL AS ROKAFELLA'S  STUDENT, BGIRL GABBY AND BRONX PUBLIC FIGURE AND OLD SCHOOL M.C.  MS. G (BARBARA GIBSON).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=270fdoUzbZc

 

YOU CAN SEE PHOTOS IN THE ALBUM ABOVE OF ROKAFELLA, KWIKSTEP AND THE CREW AT “A REBEL MINDED FESTIVAL,"  AND THE GRAFFITI HALL OF FAME FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND ART. 

 

AUG 17TH WE ALSO ATTENDED A SCREENING OF "CHURROS" AT THE HBO LATINO FILM FESTIVA. THERE WAS A PANEL DISCUSSION AFTER THE SCREENING WHERE KWIKSTEP WAS ASKED TO SPEAK  ALONG WITH WRITERS OF THE FILM, BRUCE SMOLINOFF AND EMILIE MCDONALD. YOU CAN SEE PHOTOS OF THESE MOMENTS IN THE PHOTO ALBUM ABOVE.

 

AUG 24TH BEASTY PERFORMED AT THE AFROPUNK BROOKLYN AFTER PARTY WITH ZE MOTION. CHECK HER OUT BEAT BOXING IN THE LINK BELOW:

https://www.facebook.com/beasty4lyfe88/videos/vb.1657101063/10218074341564205/?type=2&video_source=user_video_tab

 

AUG 31ST MANTIS COMPETED AND WON THE INVITE ONLY BGIRL TOP 16 AT “PRIME TIME BREAKS” IN NEW JERSEY, A JAM HOSTED BY RETRO FLOW CREW. YOU CAN WATCH HER FINAL BATTLE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U92D-ZZp2s

 

WE HAD MANY EXCITING MOMENTS THIS MONTH BUT THEY ALSO COME WITH SOME SAD NEWS. R.I.P TO BBOY PROBLEM CHILD FROM PROBLEMS CREW OF CONNECTICUT WHO PASSED THIS AUGUST. HE INSPIRED AND INFLUENCED MANY DANCERS AND WILL BE MISSED.  WE WOULD  ALSO LIKE TO WISH A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO BBOY SLEX (MANNY) FROM THE BRONX BOYS (TBB) WHO IS CURRENTLY IN THE HOSPITAL.

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES.

 

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT US TAB AND LETS BUILD.

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

 

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE POINT CDC, WALLWORKS, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER PEPATIAN AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!!

 

 

AS WE SAVOR THE LAST MONTH OF SUMMER, MAKE SURE TO ADD THESE UPCOMING EVENTS TO YOUR CALENDAR.

 

AUGUST 9TH & 10TH MANTIS AND FLONETIK FLY TO MIAMI TO COMPETE AT THE FLIPSIDE KINGS ANNIVERSARY EVENT "FAM FEST".

 

AUGUST 10TH BEASTY WILL BE PERFORMING IN PROJECT X'S "YERRRR ISSA FESTIVAL" AT ID STUDIO IN THE BRONX FROM 7 - 8:15PM.  FOR MORE INFO VISIT THEIR EVENT PAGE HERE:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2342916922597638/ 

 

AUGUST 13TH WE CELEBRATE ROKAFELLAS' BIRTHDAY AT THE COLLAGE PARTY AT THE DELANCEY FROM 7PM - 2AM. YOU FIND THE FLYER IN THE FOTO ALBUM ABOVE.

 

AUGUST 17TH THE SHORT FILM “CHURROS”, CHOREOGRAPHED BY KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA WILL BE SCREENED AT HBO’S NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL AT 10 PM IN TIMES SQUARE.

 

FOR MORE INFO VISIT THE CHUROS FACEBOOK PAGE AT: https://www.facebook.com/events/461300177764945/

 

FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE:  https://nylatinofilmfestival.com/2019/programs/program-1-slice-of-life/

 

AUGUST 17TH ROKAFELLA AND SHIRO'S COLLABO T-SHIRT LINE  "SHIROKA" WILL BE FEATURED IN THE FASHION BOOGIE SHOW ALONGSIDE OTHER BRONX BASED FASHION DESIGNERS FROM

 4-8PM AT THE POINT CDC. 

 

AUGUST 18TH ROKAFELLA WILL BE PERFORMING AT “A REBEL MINDED” MUSIC FESTIVAL. YOU CAN FIND SOME OF HER MUSIC ON SPOTIFY USING THE LINK BELOW:

 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4sjsWyYlizvpVvZ4F7k0CA

 

SEPTEMBER 28TH LOOK OUT FOR OUR 2ND "HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE" AT WALLWORKS IN THE BRONX. DETAILS REGARDING PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON. 

 

THIS PAST JULY, LA ROKA PERFORMED HER NEW SINGLE “ROCK ON” AT "STEP YA GAME UP" WITH HARDROCKS, JENNIFER ‘BEASTY’ACOSTA AND DEANA. BEASTY WRAPPED UP THE PERFORMANCE WITH A BEATBOXING SET WHICH LED TO A CYPHER. YOU CAN WATCH FOOTAGE OF THE PERFORMANCES AND THE CYPHER IN THE LINKS BELOW:

 

https://www.facebook.com/beasty4lyfe88/videos/pcb.10217812507218510/10217812502258386/?type=3&theater

 

https://www.facebook.com/LaRokafellaNYC/videos/2455411101369793/UzpfSTEzMjgzNDM1OTQ6MTAyMTU2NDEyMzE4MDcwMjQ/

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK BUDDAH STRETCH FOR GIVING ROKAFELLA AND BEASTY THE SPOTLIGHT TO SHOWCASE THEIR VOCAL AND BEATBOXING TALENTS! 

AND ALSO FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THIS DANCE COMMUNITY! 

 

JULY 27TH ROKAFELLA AND KWIKSTEP WERE INVITED TO "TRUE SKOOL BLOCK PARTY" IN MILWAUKEE TO JUDGE THE 2V2 BREAKING CONTEST ALONGSIDE BBOY MIJO FROM MOTION DISORDERS CREW. THANK YOU TO TRUE SKOOL FOR HAVING ROKAFELLA CURATE  THEIR YOUTH PERFORMANCE ON THE HISTORY OF HIP HOP AND MAKING SURE THE PASSION FOR HIP HOP IS PASSED ON TO THE NEXT GENERATION. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE DANCERS, GRAFFITI WRITERS, MC’S AND VENDORS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE CULMINATION OF SUCH AN AMAZING EVENT!

TRUE SKOOL IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT USES URBAN ARTS AS A TOOL TO ENGAGE YOUTH IN SOCIAL JUSTICE, HUMANITITES EDUCATION, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT. 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT: https://www.trueskool.org/

 

 AUGUST 3RD & 4TH ROKAFELLA JUDGED AND PERFORMED FOR QUEENZ OF HIP HOP 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN DENVER, COLORADO.THANK YOU TO DEANDRE CARROLL WITH THE FUNKINETIC PROJECT FOR SPONSORING HER PARTICIPATION AT QUEENZ OF HIP HOP.  PHOTOS COMING SOON!

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES.

 

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT US TAB AND LETS BUILD.

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

 

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE POINT CDC, WALLWORKS, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER PEPATIAN AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!!

 

 

ROCK ON!

2018/19 News

 

JULY IS FLYING BY SO MAKE SURE YOU CATCH US AT SOME OF THESE UPCOMING EVENTS,

 

EVERY WEDNESDAY STARTING JULY 10TH MANTIS AND FLONETIK ARE HOSTING AN OPEN PRACTICE IN BROOKLYN FROM 7 - 9:45PM AT 114 TAYLOR STREET EL PUENTE INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY CENTER. YOU CAN STAY UPDATED ON THESE SESSIONS BY FOLLOWING MANTIS ON INSTAGRAM @FUNKYMANTIS AND FLONETIK @BBOYFLONETIK.

 

JULY 13TH ROKAFELLA WILL BE HONORED AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF LADIES OF HIP HOP FESTIVAL SHOWCASE IN NYC. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING OR GETTING MORE INFO, CLICK THE LINK BELOW: https://www.facebook.com/events/238722623450884/

 

JULY 21ST BUDDAH STRETCH HOSTS “STEP YA GAME UP” AN ANNUAL STREET DANCE COMPETITION WHICH INCLUDES LOCKING, POPPING, HOUSE, TOP-ROCK, WAACKING AND HIP HOP CATEGORIES. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFO HERE:

https://www.facebook.com/stepyagameupnyc/ 

 

JULY 26TH - 28TH MANTIS WILL ATTEND THE BBOY SUMMIT IN LOS ANGELES ORGANIZED BY LEGENDARY BGIRL ASIA ONE.

 

JULY 27TH BOTH ROKAFELLA AND KWIKSTEP WILL FLY OUT TO MILWAUKEE TO WORK FOR THE TRUE SKOOL BLOCK PARTY EVENT.

 

AUGUST 17TH ROKAFELLA AND SHIRO WILL BE HOSTING A FASHION SHOW FOR THEIR CLOTHING LINE "SHIROKA" AT THE POINT CDC WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES BY THE HARD ROCKS.

 

AUGUST 18TH ROKAFELLA WILL ALSO BE PERFORMING AT “A REBEL MINDED” MUSIC FESTIVAL. YOU CAN FIND SOME OF HER MUSIC ON SPOTIFY USING THE LINK BELOW:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4sjsWyYlizvpVvZ4F7k0CA

 

THE BRONX COUNCIL ON THE ARTS AWARDED FULL CIRCLE THE ARTS FUND SO PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR OUR 2ND HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE COMING UP IN THE EARLY FALL.

 

LAST MONTH FULL CIRCLE WAS INVITED TO PERFORM FOR “BEYOND THE STREETS NYC” A GRAFFITI SHOW SPONSORED BY ADIDAS WHICH FEATURED GRAPHIC ARTWORK BY MANY DIFFERENT GRAFFITI WRITERS.

THE SHORT FILM “CHURROS” THAT FULL CIRCLE WAS FEATURED IN WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE HBO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL IN AUGUST AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO ATTENDING!

KWIKSTEP’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT TOCA TUESDAY ON JUNE 25TH WAS A SUCCESS. THANK YOU TO TONY TOUCH AND EVERYONE WHO CAME TO CELEBRATE WITH US AND SHOW LOVE! WE ALSO CELEBRATED FLONETIK’S BIRTHDAY JULY 7TH. YOU CAN VIEW PHOTOS OF THE FESTIVITIES IN THE ALBUM ABOVE.

JULY 5TH KID BREAK SHOWCASED AT ROUNDZ OF FLAME 2V2 WITH TAYA, A YOUNG AND TALENTED LITE FEET DANCER AND THEY TOOK THE WIN. YOU CAN WATCH SOME OF THE FOOTAGE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

KID BREAK AND TAYA AT ROUNZDZ OF FLAME - https://www.instagram.com/p/BzoJgNSHLZH/

 

JULY 6TH FLONETIK WAS INVITED TO JUDGE “HYPRID THEORY” A 2V2 BBOY/BGIRL COMPETITION, AT WONDROUS DANCE STUDIO. KID BREAK AND ENTERED AND WON FIRST PLACE WITH PARTNER BBOY POLLO. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH!

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES.

 

iF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT US TAB AND LETS BUILD.

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

 

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE POINT CDC, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER PEPATIAN AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!!

 

 

 

ROCK ON!

 

 

SUMMERS ARE ALWAYS BUSY FOR THE COMPANY AND HERE ARE A FEW UPCOMING EVENTS.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US ON JUNE 25TH AT BAR 13 WHERE WE WILL BE CELEBRATING KWIKSTEP’S BIRTHDAY!! HE WILL BE A GUEST DJ THAT NIGHT. IN JULY, MANTIS WILL ATTEND/COMPETE AT THE BBOY SUMMIT IN LOS ANGELES ORGANIZED BY LEGENDARY BGIRL ASIA ONE.

ROKAFELLA WILL BE HONORED AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF LADIES OF HIP HOP AND WILL ALSO FLY TO WORK IN MILWAUKEE FOR THE TRUE SKOOL BLOCK PARTY EVENT JULY 27TH.

THE BRONX COUNCIL ON THE ARTS AWARDED FULL CIRCLE THE ARTS FUND SO PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR OUR 2ND HIP HOP MEETS HOUSE COMING UP IN THE EARLY FALL. 

IN AUGUST THE CREW WILL BE FLYING TO MIAMI TO ATTEND F.A.M. FEST.

 WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE SUPREME BEINGS--A LEGACY CREW FROM THE BOROUGH OF QUEENS FOR CARRYING THE TORCH FOR BREAKIN 20 YEARS STRONG! 

LAST YEAR FULL CIRCLE WAS PROUD BE INVITED TO APPEAR IN THE PRODUCTION OF A SHORT FILM ENTITLED  “CHURROS” BY BRUCE SMOLANOFF AND HIS WIFE EMILIE MCDONALD. WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT IT ALREADY HAS WON SEVERAL AWARDS. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER

https://vimeo.com/335699414?fbclid=IwAR21hVHZ31lvrkUCVQx3XApFEB7zT8ar_tmxlyz5jdLZ_RptdbOSd39N0Q0

 

 FLONETIK AND MANTIS WILL BE ATTENDING MASSIVE MONKEYS 20TH ANNIVERSARY WE WISH THEM LUCK AND SAFE TRAVELS!  

 

APRIL AND MAY WERE EVENTFUL FOR THE CREW AND COMPANY. ROKAFELLA AND KWIKSTEP WERE INVITED TO JUDGE AND DJ AT EXPRESS YOUR SKILLZ IN PUERTO RICO. TIME MACHINE SQUAD (THE CREW THAT ORGANIZES EXPRESS YOUR SKILLZ) ALSO CELEBRATED THEIR  30 YEAR CREW ANNIVERSARY, WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE THEM!  

 APRIL 27TH FLONETIK AND MANTIS WERE INVITED OUT TO TORONTO FOR THE UDEF SPONSORED ROCK HARDER BONNIE AND CLYDE BATTLE. IN EARLY MAY ROKAFELLA, BEASTY AND MANTIS PERFORMING AT A THE LAUNCH OF VERONICA BEARD ATHLETIC WEAR COLLECTION AT THE BANDIER STORE IN THE EAST VILLAGE. 

KID BREAK AND STYLESKI WERE INVITED TO COMPETE AT ROCK THE BOX IN WASHINGTON D.C. KID BREAK AND BBOY MATTEO WERE FINALISTS IN THE 2V2 12 AND UNDER BRACKET AND STYLESKI TOOK 3RD PLACE IN THE 1V1 13 - 18 BRACKET. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THEM! 

ROKAFELLA AND THE HARDROCKS PERFORMED FOR THE ANNUAL WOMENS EMPOWERMENT FEM FLAVA IN THE BRONX AND BEASTY PERFORMED HER BEATBOX SHOW AT THE APOLLO THEATER. 

MAY 11TH FLONETIK REPRESENTED FULL CIRCLE AS AN INVITED COMPETITOR IN THE PHILADELPHIA REDBULL QUALIFIER AND LATER THAT MONTH KWIKSTEP AND MANTIS WERE FLOWN OUT TO THE REDBULL NATIONAL FINALS IN HOUSTON WHERE MANTIS PARTICIPATED IN THE TOP 16 NATIONAL BGIRL BATTLE. 

KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA WERE INTERVIEWED IN THE KINFOLK SERIES SHOT IN BROOKLYN AT FRANTIC STUDIOS 

 

BELOW ARE VIDEO LINKS TO FOOTAGE OF THESE EVENTS ..

 

MANTIS AT REDBULL HOUSTON - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTwfsXWX7Yo

 

FLONETIK AT REDBULL PHILLY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tUiN9roZGY

 

TORONTO BONNIE AND CLYDE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjRvvy_dCGw

 

KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA'S INTERVIEW AT FRANTIC STUDIOS

https://youtu.be/E6nFMvqWbco

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THE FACEBOOK FULL CIRCLE GROUP/ FAN PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES. 

iF YOU WISH TO DONATE YOUR SERVICES OR FUNDS SUPPORT TO THE KEEP THE COMPANY GOING PLEASE HIT THE CONTACT US TAB AND LETS BUILD. 

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GOOD VIBES.

THANK YOU TO WHEDCO AND SOTOMAYOR CENTER IN THE BRONX FOR THE SPACE DONATION AND TO OUR COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT.

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONX NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE POINT CDC, THE BRONX MUSEUM, BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER PEPATIAN AND NEW SETTLEMENT FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY!! 

 

ROCK ON!

 

 
 
 
 

JOIN US AT THE BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER AS WE WRAP UP WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH WITH A MINI CONCERT OF WOMEN FROM THE BRONX AS THEY TAKE TO THE STAGE AND REP

THEIR PASSION FOR HIP HOP.

MARCH 30TH 8PM $10 PRESENTED BY PEPATIAN.  CONGRATS TO JANICE AND BEASTY (FULL CIRCLE HARDROCKS) 

Behind the Groove BTG is back!!

AFTER A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN, OUR DANCE FAMILY ENJOYED THE RELAUNCH OF THE BTG PARTY AT A CLUB. DUE TO MANY FACTORS BEYOND OUR CONTROL, BTG HAD STEPPED AWAY FROM THE CLUB SCENE. WE OFFERED ITS MUSICAL POWER AT PLACES LIKE CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE AND THE HEART OF TIME SQUARE. BUT WE ARE BACK AND THIS TIME CHELSEA MUSIC HALL IS THE GO TO LOCATOIN SINCE MANY PLACES HAVE CLOSED DOWN.

WE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY KOOL DJ RED ALERT WITH PORTRAITS BY THE ARTISTS AND WE HAD A WONDERFUL VOCALIST SUZANN CHRISTINE OFFER A PERFORMANCE. OUR RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHER MARIO LOBO WAS JOINED BY MELISSA ULTO AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ALBUMS ARE POSTED UP ON THE BTG FACBOOK EVENT PAGE. WE ARE EXCITED TO CONTINUE MAKING PLANS FOR THE NEXT ONE WITH A NEW PROMO TEAM SO PLEASE STAY TUNED. CONGRATULATIONS!

OUR CO FOUNDERS RECEIVED INDIVIDUAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FROM THE KINGS OF NY EVENT TEAM-- WHO ALSO MADE A COMEBACK ON FEBRUARY 2ND WITH A PACKED HOUSE FOR THEIR HISTORIC DANCE COMPETITION WHICH INCUDED POPPING, BREAKING AND HOUSE COMPETITIONS AND THE HEART WARMING AWARDS CEREMONY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ROKAFELLA WHO REPRESENTED HIPHOP AND FULL CIRCLE AT THE DANCE NYC SYMPOSIUM AS A FEATURED PANELIST AT THE OPENING KEY NOTE ADDRESS WHICH IS ARCHIVED ON THE DANCENYC FACEBOOK PAGE. AFTER THE DISCUSSON, KWIKSTEP PLAYED FOR THE RECEPTION AND GOT EVERYONE ON THEIR FEET DOING A SIDESTEP AND EVEN A BUS STOP!!  

FULL CIRCLE IS ON HIATUS AT THIS TIME AS THE SPRING/SUMMER CALENDAR BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE. CHECK OUR TWITTER OR THE FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR ANY LAST MINUTE UPDATES. SEE YOU ALL VERY SOON.

WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER JOINING OUR FAMILY ON THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO ON APRIL 27TH FOR THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF TIME MACHINE SQUAD..EXPRESS YOUR SKILLS 2019. FLYER IS BELOW.

 

HAPPY 2019!!

WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE HOW AMAZING 2018 WAS INCLUDING ALL THE PARTIES, BATTLES, PERFORMANCES, KWIKSTEP'S 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH, BOAT RIDES, THEATER SHOWS AND CONCERTS THAT HAPPENED IN THE SHORT SPAN OF 12 MONTHS!!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED BY DONATING,  ATTENDED, PARTICIPATED AND RETURNED THE LOVE ALL LAST YEAR. 

WE ARE ENJOYING A WINTER BREAK AND WILL PICK UP TRAINING AND UPCOMING ACTIVITIES SOON. PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH SO YOU CAN ENJOY OUR PASSIONATE CAST AND CREW AS THEY ROCK ON INTO THE NEW YEAR. 

YOU CAN CATCH KWIKSTEP SPINNING A VINYL ON JAN 20TH. 

THANK YOU AGAIN AGAIN.

 

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE TIMES SQUARE BEHIND THE GROOVE MONTAGE EDITED BY YAKFILMS  https://youtu.be/cgaZuXPLhqc

 

AND ROKAFELLA AT SHIRO'S SOLO ARTSHOW LAUNCH AT WALL WORKS WITH THE FC HARDROCKS https://youtu.be/STBMEgvznNs

OFFICIALLY INTRODUCING THE FC HARDROCKS 2018

iT BEGAN JULY 2017 WITH A PERFORMANCE BOOKING FOR MOMMA'S HIP HOP KITCHEN. THEN ROKAFELLA HAD A SMALL PERFORMANCE AT BAAD FOR THE BLAQTINX FESTIVAL. 

IT BECAME SOLID IN OCTOBER AT THE POINT DURING THE DANCE SESSIONS WHEN THESE DANCERS BECAME VERY CONSISTENT WITH THEIR POPPING AND BREAKING TRAINING EVERY TUESDAY. NOT ONLY WERE THEY MAKING PROGRESS WITH THEIR TRAINING BUT ALSO EAGER TO LEARN ABOUT HISTORY AND THE NYC AESTHETICS OF STREET DANCE. 

THEN THEY REALLY LEVELED UP FOR BOXED IN WHICH WAS THEATER AND VERY DIFFERENT THAN STRAIGHT UP DANCE CHOREO-- THIS WAS DANCE WHICH WOULD ACCOMPANY A DRAMATIC STORYLINE. 

FULL CIRCLE IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS NEW CHAPTER OF ALL WOMEN ALL STYLE DANCERS THE FC HARDROCKS

PERFORMANCES NOW INCLUDE THE 2018 NYC DANCE PARADE, TAP CITY, BOXED IN AND CONEY ISLAND BREAKERS REUNION OPENING FOR THE QUEEN OF FREESTYLE SHANNON! 

THANK YOU DEANA, JANICE, SHARMAINE, SHANEEKQUA AND THE RETURN OF BEASTY!!  YOU ARE NOW HOLDING THE TORCH FOR OUR CREW AS THE WOMEN OF HARD ROCK AND SOUL.

 

STAY TUNED FOR MORE APPEARANCES. 

 

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO IN BROOKLYN IN THE RAIN AND ON THE CONCRETE!!  https://youtu.be/4LzgzoB7wOQ

AND THEIR APPEARANCE AT TAP CITY AS THE CLIMAX IN THIS INTERVIEW ABOUT ROKAFELLA FOR FRESH NEW YORKERS. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-z96rFXco0&t=7s

 

SEE YOU ALL VERY SOON! 

 

PHOTO BY FLOAT MASTER JOHN, FRESH NEW YORKERS VIDEO BY SHAUNTE, CONEY ISLAND VIDEO BY FRIENDS OF BEASTY.

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 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.

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

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

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 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.

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 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"

Ig: @gabriel_emphasis

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. 

IG Deeonstage

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.

IG __sharmaineee

Bessie Award winning Gabriel Kwikstep Dionisio began dancing at age 8. Kwikstep was on his way to becoming a prolific Breaker (Break Dancer) by the age of 17 and was immersed in Hip hop culture and its elements. He has toured internationally with dance companies, The US State Department, judged various BBoy competitions for Red Bull  and has appeared in and choreographed several Hip hop theater productions including "Syncing Ink" at the Flea Theater.  He appears in the Netflix Series "The Get Down" and will receive a National Dance Teacher Award from ADF in June 2018. He co founded Full Circle Prod Inc with his wife Rokafella to maintain his vision of Hip hop as a storytelling platform.  As a drummer, avid music lover and DJ, he created the Behind The Groove Dance party to provide a space for dancers and artists to get together in NYC paying homage to the club life of the 70/80/90's. He opened for Nile Rodgers and Chic at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and headlined a dance concert at Central Park Summerstage where he re introduced Ladies of SKYY to the NYC dance community.  His dance affiliations are Brookyn's Fresh Kids, United Street Artists, Rhythm Technicians, GhettOriginal, Lords of Finesse, Disciples of Funk, Time Machine Squad and he is a Hip hop dance Professor at Queens College.  
 IG @DJK360; Soundcloud DJKS360 www.kwikstep360.com
 
 
Bronx Bgirl Ana Rokafella Garcia began street performing with the Breeze Team Transformers as a teen and made her presence felt in the NYC clubs in the late 80's. She co founded Full Circle Prod Inc with husband Kwikstep in 1996 and began to add poetry and vocals to the company's dance engagements. She produced and directed a documentary about the Bgirl lifestyle entitled "All The Ladies Say" distributed by Third World Newsreel. She produced events at the Bronx Museum, worked with the Smithsonian for their Young Ambassador program, traveled with the US State Department as well as choreographed for the Flea Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has appeared in film, music videos and commercials and now proudly teaches at The New School as a Hip hop dance professor. She is hired to judge international dance contests (recently at La Belle Hip hop festival in Belgium), offers kids dance classes at Peridance Studios, NJPAC, and at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.  Rokafella is an artist in residence at The American Tap Dance Foundation, works with Pepatian Hip hop academy and is a member of Puerto Rico's legacy Breakin crew- Time Machine Squad, Momma's Hip hop Kitchen, Brooklyn's Fresh Kids and is a member of the Legendary House of Ninja.  In 2017 she launched a T shirt line "ShiRoka" with Japanese Graffiti writer Shiro in addition to her Fat Lace Earring designs. 
IG @bgirlrokafella www.larokasoul.com 

KWIKSTEP AND ROKAFELLA -- HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM, COMPANY CO FOUNDERS, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS, CHOREOGRAPHERS, AND MANAGERS OF FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS-- RECEIVED THE PRESTIGIOUS ADF NATIONAL DANCE TEACHER AWARD 0N JUNE 27TH 2018. 

 https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/Ana-RokafelIa-Garcia-and-Gabriel-Kwikstep-Dionisio-to-Receive-the-2018-ADF-Distinguished-Teaching-Award-20180205 

TWITTER @FULLCIRCLESOUL

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