Sunday, March 8, 2009

WRUSH Gets a Shoutout

WRUSH received a shoutout on!!

Thanks NANCYT :)
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Main Event Report Pt. 2: Performances!

On February 28, Bergen Performing Arts Center was packed with hip hop fans and dancers. Thirteen East Coast teams competed, hoping to win the first East Coast Main Event. Fr3sh Dance Company hosted the show and its three groups performed in the exhibition program, along with Boogie Bots, Lost Kids, Funkanometry SF, Project EM. It was a serious dance competition, using official score sheets from the Hip Hop Dance Association, and judged by dance professionals: Emerson Aquino and Gina Rosale (Funkanometry SF), Keone Madrid (Choreo Cookies), Rocko Luciano (Boxcuttuhz), Kyle Hanagami (The Lost Kids), and choreographer Mariel Martin. Brian Puspos (SoReal Cru) was also in the house to lend support. And the Master of Ceremonies was Brian East of Boogie Bots. Brian -- if Mario Lopez leaves America's Best Dance Crew, I nominate you to fill his shoes!

The place was packed and aroar. The competition differed from ABDC format, using full size crews (a dozen and more members) performing five minute programs. All of them captured the attention and love of the audience. For me, the best ones distinguished themselves through tough moves, precision, and holding my interest by varying how they changed up with their different subgroups, how they varied tempo and energy, and their use of surprise in transitions. My personal favorites were winners Rhythm City (who I loved at the ABDC auditions too), Capital Funk (second place), EPIC Motion (third place), and newcomers WRUSH. This competition was a supremely good idea for showcasing new talent and proving that the East Coast can stand up to the West.

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WRUSH Credits

September 11th, 2010: Collegefest MA
August 31st, 2010:
Sybarite LOVEisLOVE NY
May 8th, 2010:
Sirens After Dark. NY
May 3rd, 2010:
Sybarite LOVEisLOVE 4 Marj. NY
May 1st, 2010:
Prelude New England. MA
April 26th, 2010:
J&D Recital. MA
March 13th, 2010:
Best of the East Competition. CT
February 6th, 2010:
February 6th, 2010: Project K Hip Hop Showcase. MA
January 18th, 2010:
Sybarite Showcase "LOVEisLOVE"
October 31st, 2009: "Thriller" Halloween Party @ Roxy Nightclub. Boston
October 1st, 2009: "Euphoria" Fundraiser Showcase. MA
September 26th, 2009: Rhapsody's Sirens After Dark. NYC
September 13th, 2009: open act for Fabulous @ Centro Nighclub. MA
August 28th, 2009: Martha's Vineyard Fair
April 5, 2009: J&D Cheer and Dance Academy Spring Show. Reading High School, MA
April 2, 2009: Springfest featuring Super Cr3w. Northeastern University, MA
March 25, 2009: BET 106 & Park's Wild Out Wednesdays. NYC
March 6, 2009: Footwork. MIT, MA
February 28, 2009: THE MAIN EVENT Competition hosted by FR3SH Dance Company. Englewood, NJ
February 18, 2009: HSU Culture Show. Northeastern University, MA
February 7, 2009: Acceler8. Boston University, MA
February 7, 2009:
NECDC. Boston University, MA
January 31, 2009: Tru Sole High. Boston University, MA
November 8, 2008: Elements IX. Boston University, MA
September 2009:
Co-director Ian McKenzie goes on tour with Lady Gaga

August 2, 2008: Mixology. Union Square, MA
July 18, 2008: Sybarite. NYC
July 12, 2008: Uni Vision, Boston City Hall Plaza, MA
June 2008: El Mundo. Fenway Park, MA
May 2008: Boston Puerto Rican Festival