Texas-based Soul Street Dance Company brings their unique mix of street dance to The ArtsCenter on Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 pm. Breakin’ Backwards features an eclectic blend of movement styles set to a diverse, and sometimes surprising, soundtrack. Soul Street Dance has toured the US, Canada, and Europe, leaving audiences in awe of their acrobatic skills and artistry and entertained by their humor. The Soul Street style incorporates martial arts moves with break dancing, and mixes hip-hop with gravity-defying ballet. Members of the group previously visited Carrboro in 2005 as principal dancers for Fly Dance Company; during this past visit, they left audiences spellbound with their high-energy dance style and performed for a packed house at The ArtsCenter.
“There’s a piece for everyone in this show” says Soul Street co-founder Javier Garcia, describing Breakin’ Backwards, the show that will be performed at The ArtsCenter on April 17. “We’re dancing to the best music from each decade… from the Charleston to hip hop.” Musical selections include Leonard Bernstein, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and more. Appropriate for all ages, this show is certain to entertain and amaze with its creativity and technical precision.
In addition to their public performance, Soul Street Dance will perform in over a dozen area schools and lead workshops in two local after-school programs during their visit, reaching over 6,500 area youth. Through their educational activities, the group will teach about the history of hip-hop and emphasize the importance of making good choices. Comprised of male dancers formerly considered at-risk, the members of Soul Street convey important lessons on character education, and they share with the students how they found their focus through dance. The company’s eight-day residency is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Breakin’ Backwards, the group’s public performance at The ArtsCenter on April 17, will take the audience on a trip through the decades and will showcase choreography not seen in the group’s school shows. Don’t miss out on this innovative and dynamic show! Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for ArtsClub members, students and kids. Children two and under are admitted free.
For tickets, please call The ArtsCenter’s Box Office at (919) 929-2787, ext. 201 or visit our website at www.ArtsCenterLive.org.