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The Boombox Returns
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Written by Ian Sanders   

Boombox @ Ctphers Center for Urban Arts Phoenix, AZThe Boombox was an idea created by B-Boy House Magana of Furious Styles and Danny Skooby Morales of Break Street. It was their dream to create a place where once a month dancers and dance enthusiasts of all ages could meet and showcase their styles. The concept was a good one and grew in popularity until it abruptly ended. On July 14th, 2012 The Boombox returned.

The Boombox's new home is the ever popular Cyphers Center for Urban Arts, and is much more than just a battle or a cypher. The feeling of community in this event was refreshing and it provided the perfect environment for dancers of different styles to meet and share their style. This being my first Boombox I wasn't sure what to expect, but it proved to be an enlightening experience. Although, I have personally been in the B-Boy community for years and am very familiar with Breakin' and Poppin', my knowledge of Jerkin' and Krumpin' are very limited. The vibe, moves, and intricacies of these styles were completely different.

Of course The Boombox is more than just a dance showcase. The battles were broken into 4 categories: Breakin', Poppin', Krumpin', and Jerkin'. The first round of each style was set up as a cypher and the entire crowd was asked to participate by getting out of their seats and circling up. Each dancer pit their skills against everyone else in the cypher and had to leave it all on the dance floor to prove they deserved to move on to the finals for a chance to win the $100 prize.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 18:36
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Rock The Freshest 06-23-12
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Written by Ian Sanders   

Rock The Freshest @ Skrappy's Tucson, AZWhat do you do when a staple in the AZ hip-hop community is forced to close down? You bring dancers, DJ's, and Emcees from across the state and beyond to come together one last time and see who can Rock The Freshest. With Skrappy's Tucson Youth Collective in Tucson, AZ shutting its doors after being open 17 years this is exactly what local legend Nate The Killa Robot did.

Skrappy's has been more than just a venue for national Hip-Hop acts,  also serving as a place where youths could meet and enjoy the various genres of music and art in a safe drug and alcohol free environment.  It was also a second home for many to hone their skills whether it be on the floor, the turn tables, the mic, or whatever their creative outlet was. With personal tragedy causing Skrappy's owner Kathy Woodridge to close down, Nate wanted to make sure that he was able to throw one more Jam to commemorate all the time and hard work he and others in the community had put into keeping Skrappy's doors open. With the Rock The Freshest Battle the Tucson Dance Scene was able to get some closure and the opportunity to say good bye.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:16
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Elektrolytes Welcome Home Meet & Greet
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Written by Ian Sanders   

Elektrolyes ABDC ChampionsOn June 13th 2012 the Elektrolytes won MTV's America's Best Dance Crew competition making history, and on June 17th Arizona welcomed back the hometown heroes. The event was held @ Cyphers Center for Urban Arts 9201 N 29th Ave #36 Phoenix, AZ 85051. Cyphers is a huge place. It was formerly a warehouse and has 2 rooms for classes which can be converted into 1 huge room. Even with the conversion it was packed house as hundreds of  fans piled in to see the Crew they had been following for weeks.

The event began with a family welcoming to give the Elektrolytes time to enjoy great food and have time with their family and closest friends before the general public was admitted. When things were ready to get started the line had wrapped around the building and down the plaza, everyone eager to see the crew they had been watching Wednesday nights for 3 months.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:04
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The Get Off Skools Out
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Written by Ian Sanders   

The Get Off Skools Out Cyphers Center For Urban ArtsSchool is out, and the summer has begun. To celebrate, Ghost Boi put together The Get Off Skools Out 1 on 1 Jerkin' and Open Styles Battle @ Cyphers Center for Urban Arts 9201 N 29th Ave #36 Phoenix, AZ 85051. If you have not been to Cyphers it is a complete dance and hip-hop resource, hosting classes with everything from Popping and B-Boying to Art, DJing and Zumba.

The Get Off was one of the smaller battles I've been to, but reminded me of the small local school b-boy battles from back in the day. The crowd was much younger too, largely due to the Jerkin' Battles. Jerkin' is a fairly new dance style and was made popular by artists like the New Boyz who pretty much started the Jerkin' movement with their song "You're a Jerk". Jerkin'The Get Off Skools Out Cyphers Center For Urban Artsis definitely a style that the younger generation of dancers has latched on to. Although there were a lot of youths in the audience that new how to Jerk, they were hesitant to sign up.  Because of that this portion of the battle was almost canceled. Thanks largely in part to Johnny (the host for the evening) the 8 contestant minimum was reached and the battle was on.

I know a lot about B-boying and Open Styles battles because I have been around them for years, but Jerkin' was completely different. It was fun watching the movements from the contestants and every one of them had their own unique style. I am not sure how the judges made their decisions, but in the finals it came down to G-Fry and Highlight. After a great battle from both contestants Highlight walked away with the win. View video of the Jerkin' Battle Finals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 19:25
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Welcome to ELEKTROZONA
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Written by Ian Sanders   

Welcome to Elektrozona: Elektrolytes - America's Best Dance Crew Champs

Elektrolytes Dance Crew ABDC Gilbert, AZLast night a dance crew out of the small town of Gilbert, AZ woke America up putting AZ on the map. Their perseverance, energy, intensity, and hard work led them to realize their dream of  taking the title America's Best Dance Crew. Have you met the Elektrolytes?

Joey "Slimyfly" Arevalo, Chris Thomas, Nico and Sal "Swerve" Banuelos, George "Slideshow" Jones, Marcus "TK" Jones, Kyle Price, and Benjamin Barnett, BKA The Elektrolytes, have known each other in some capacity for many years. Some of the members went to high school together, and all of the members of this elite crew have either battled with or against each other at some time. This familiarity allowed for a versatility that isn't common in most crews. By this I mean there is no choreographer or leader in the Elektrolytes. Instead, they take an approach in which every crew member plays a part in the art that they bring to the stage allowing for constant growth for the group as a whole. One other remarkable thing about this crew is that they don't see each other as just a dance crew, but look at each other as a family. They are there for each other whether they need it or not, a quality even the judges could see.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:41
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