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Prelude DMV 2012 Cast photos are up!
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Prelude DMV 2012 Cast photos are up!

Grab ‘em an reblog/retweet them! Don’t forget to mention @PreludeDMV #PreludeDMV!

Photography by Ryan Abrigo

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PRELUDE DMV 2012 TEAM PHOTOS ARE UP!
Grab your crew’s photo and reblog/retweet it! Don’t forget to mention @PreludeDMV #PreludeDMV so that we can find you and reblog/retweet you!
Photography by Ryan Abrigo

PRELUDE DMV 2012 TEAM PHOTOS ARE UP!

Grab your crew’s photo and reblog/retweet it! Don’t forget to mention @PreludeDMV #PreludeDMV so that we can find you and reblog/retweet you!

Photography by Ryan Abrigo

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Introducing: DV8 Dance Academy
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Team Code: YP002

(Youth Preshow Team)

DV8 Dance Academy (formally Virginia Hip Hop Academy). Is Ranked #1 IN THE NATION in competitive all-star hip hop dance in the Tiny. Mini, Youth & Open Age Divisions. DV8 Dance Academy was started to help kids in the Northern Virginia area have a place to receive positive guidance and encouragement from adults as well as their peers. This positivity has paid off in many ways. Members of DV8 Dance Academy are not allowed to practice if they have a GPA below 2.0 and are not allowed to compete or perform if there GPA is below a 2.5. The goal is to teach the kids that you can have all the talent in the world but if you don’t have the education behind it you will always be left behind. We have been featured on Showtime at the Apollo, BET, Fox 5, Paula Abduls: Live to Dance and even had a clip shown on the OPRAH WINFREY SHOW. With all that being done we have so much more that we will accomplish. The word Deviate means “to depart from the accepted norm or standard” and that is how the members of DV8 are taught to live there lives.

Email Address: DV8DANCEACADEMY@GMAIL.COM
Website: WWW.DV8DANCEACADEMY.COM

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Introducing: Splittin’ Image
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Team Code: CT014

What is the name of your group? In addition, how did your group get its name?
The name of the group is Splittin’ Image.  Our name was developed from the idea that dance and dancers can be different parts of the same picture and that each dancer can portray different characters.

What is the history of your group? In addition, why did your group form?
The group was originally formed as a performance favor for a friend and has changed over the years from an all guys’ crew to be what it is current.

What is your group’s hometown?
The dancers are from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

What do you feel are your group’s greatest accomplishments to date?
Performing at Joe’s Emporium Movement where we were displayed a different style of show to a mature crowd that is not a typical performance from a DMV area based dance crew, winning the Live at the Sound Stage award for best live performance, and placing second in Prelude 2011.

Why does your group continue to dance?
We continue to dance to give each member a voice and a vehicle to develop and to be who they want to be as an artist.

Why should the others support your group?
Others should support us because we value the importance of support for artists across the board and feel as though it should be mutual.  A respect for and high value we place on art, ours and others, is what should garner support for us.  We created an out path based only our desire as individuals, not from a mold of anything.

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Make sure you have all of the dance essentials for an EPIC WEEKEND OF DANCE!
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Make sure you have all of the dance essentials for an EPIC WEEKEND OF DANCE!

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Are you prepared for an epic weekend of dance? Make sure you have the dance essentials.
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Are you prepared for an epic weekend of dance? Make sure you have the dance essentials.

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Introducing: Blank Canvas pt II
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Team Code: CT003

Blank Canvas at the 3rd Annual Coalescence 2012.

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Introducing: Blank Canvas pt I
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Team Code: CT003

What is the name of your group? In addition, how did your group get its name?
Blank Canvas is our name. It’s actually kind of a funny story as to how we got or name. We had been asked to do a performance for one of the events on campus, so we had to decide on a name. No one could come up with a good name, and really the only person who suggested a name was Brandon Worthington, and he suggested Blank Canvas. Everyone shot him down, but as the performance was coming up, we still didn’t have a name, so we really went with Blank Canvas by default.

What is the history of your group? In addition, why did your group form?
A couple of the people here at VCU had been dreaming of making a crew but it never really came into fruition at first. Over the years, a couple of us meet at some workshops in the area. We ended up meeting again at the KODACHROME workshops. When we realized we all went to VCU we started meeting up on campus and practicing the choreography from the workshops and ended up teaching each other our own pieces. We wanted to create an environment where people could come learn from each other and just have fun without any of the stress of auditions, being cut, so on and so forth. Eventually it grew and we decided to host weekly workshops.

What is your group’s hometown?
Richmond, VA

What do you feel are your group’s greatest accomplishments to date?
We feel like our greatest accomplishment is the welcoming environment we have created. We felt like many other crews lacked that kind of atmosphere and so far we have been able to maintain that and help people discover a love for dance, or rediscover the love for it that they once had.

Why does your group continue to dance?
We never stop learning new things, and it’s the fact that we can share that with others and just have fun dancing that we keep doing what we love to do: dance.

Why should the others support your group?
We just want to spread a love of dance, build a community where dancers can grow, share ideas, concepts, music, new moves and choreography. We accept anyone and everyone. If you support us, we will help and support you too.

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Introducing: CREWcial pt II
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Team Code: CT005

CREWcial at the 3rd Annual Coalescence 2012.

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Introducing: CREWcial pt I
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Team Code: CT005

We are CREWcial from Hampton Roads, VA. Our name came from a name brainstorming session. Many were put into consideration, but jokingly “CREWcial” was thrown in and ended up being the name we chose.

What started as a group of friends coming together just to dance and hang out, friendships and connections were made and CREWcial was eventually formed.

Our accomplishments: The fact that we have stayed together for going on four years but still maintain our initial mindset is probably our greatest accomplishment. As far as dancing goes, we have all grown tremendously over the years but it is more than that. We have formed such a strong bonds with each other; friendships that will last a lifetime. Members have come and gone but our love for dance and for each other will remain the same.

We continue to dance because it is our creative outlet and it’s what we all have in common. No matter where we are, what we’re doing or where we’re going in our lives, dance will always be that passion shared between us and will always bring us back to each other. Simply put, we truly love to dance.

We continue to dance because we feel we are “CREWcial” to the DMV dance community (see what we did there?). But all jokes aside we feel as though we are good representations to what dancing is about. It comes solely from our hearts and everything else comes after. We want to improve our craft and share with others but we will always be family first.