Photo by Sophie Brown
Join the Wondertwins for an Amazing Hip Hop Journey. An evening of Love, Vaudville, Hip Hop and a story of two artists that speaks to our time! Friday September 29th 730pm @ The Latchis Theater Tickets are on sale now!
A Note from the Performers!
“Our work contains the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime. This is the style we have created that is distinct to us. Our soundtrack for each performance takes just as much thought and research as the physical dance itself, it is eclectic and unexpected. Our work offers a kaleidoscopic view of AfricanAmerican entertainment traditions.
We have been educators for 20 years (not only dance educators) and this is just as important to us as being dancers. For us, those two vocations go hand-in-hand and work together very well. We use dance as a platform to educate our audience and we also teach dance to youth to give a different kind of education. Street dance is simultaneously educational and entertaining. We include both the educational and entertainment aspects of street dance in our performances and workshops for kids.
Teaching children has given us the opportunity to express who we are and the values we follow. The values and principles we teach youth every day, we model ourselves, it sounds cliché but we do practice what we preach. When working with our students we get to share stories of success and failures that we have experienced through life and dance. We use these stories to demonstrate positivity through a sense of pride and dedication.
With any form of dance you must start with learning the foundation first. This gives you a true understanding of the art form before you build upon it. A strong, technical and historical foundation is as important when learning hip-hop dance as it is when learning other styles of dance; tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. Unfortunately the new generation of hip-hop dancers and their teachers neglect this foundation and don’t believe it’s necessary to their development as artists. We have that technical and historical foundation, and we teach it. Hip-hop is not only a personal style of dance; it’s a culture with 4 basic elements: DJing, graffiti, emceeing, and break-dancing. When people watch us dance, we want them to see what
hip-hop really is.
When we create, we ask ourselves- 1. Will the audience be engaged emotionally? And 2. Are they having a sensory experience? No matter how different each piece is these two questions are the common thread in everything we create. As black men, we aim for our pieces to give audiences a different perspective of what they currently see as “hip-hop” on TV, in music, and social media. As said above, street dance is something that is simultaneously educational and entertaining, and that is what each piece is like for us. It’s bigger than the actual act of us dancing. We hope that our art inspires conversations and questions about the deeper ideas in our pieces, not just the physical act of us dancing. We want our work to inspire other people in their own lives. As we grow personally and professionally, our art follows that growth.
Billy and Bobby”
The Program To Hip-Hop, with Love is three seperate pieces:
Broadway to Hip-Hop
Sounds of Movement