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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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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.

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Introducing: Capital Funk
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Team Code: CT004

What is the name of your group? In addition, how did your group get its name?
The name of our group is Capital Funk. The way it came to be is actually a pretty funny, yet simple story. When the group of dancers that is now Capital Funk first started in 2004, they were called “Mezmerize.” After having received some flack for how silly of a name it Mezmerize is, we figure Capital Funk was not only a cool, yet fun name to call ourselves, but also regionally approporiate considering our home in the nation’s capital.

What is the history of your group? In addition, why did your group form?
Founded in the Spring of 2004 at The George Washington University, Capital Funk was created to compete in BustAGroove 2004. Since then, we’ve expanded to local fundraiser shows, university events, and various other East coast competitions. Our team is family and we support each other’s endeavors both inside of practice and out. CFunk is committed to spreading the love of dance in the DC/MD/VA area (as well as other areas when we get the opportunity)!

What is your group’s hometown?
Washington, D.C.

What do you feel are your group’s greatest accomplishments to date?
As a dance team, some of our great accomplishments are our 1st place finish at the East Coast Dance Competition in 2007, our 3rd place finish at Prelude East Coast in 3008, our 2nd place finish at Main Event 2009, and our 1st place finish at Main Event 2010. However, our greatest accomplishment is really staying true to our style and who we are. We work hard to cultivate a sense of family within our team so that we may not only be inspired by the dancers around us, but also ourselves.

Why does your group continue to dance?
Capital Funk continues to dance to celebrate the art form that it is and the diversity, creativity, and sense of unity it cultivates. Dance is what brought us all together and dance is what continues to keep us together.

Why should the others support your group?
CFunk is committed to spreading the love of dance in and around the DC/MD/VA area (as well as other areas when we get the opportunity). We strive to use dance as an art form but also as a vehicle to embrace diversity and all that it gives us.

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Introducing: Mozaic Dance Team
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Team Code: CT009

Our team name is Mozaic. It stands for Multicultural Outgoing Zealous Artistic Innovative Creative. The founding members chose this acronym for its meaning of diversity and because of the individual words that make up mozaic.

Mozaic Dance Team is a competitive hip hop dance team at James Madison University.

Mission:
The purpose of Mozaic Dance Team is to give male and female dancers the opportunity, in a team atmosphere, to express themselves through dance, performances and competitions.

Brief history:
In 2003, the Mozaic Dance Club was formed to bridge cultural differences and foster a universal appreciation for modern/hiphop dance on campus. It was founded by Devin Borum (President), Travis Mitchell (Vice President), Ava Trinidad (Secretary & Treasurer) in collaboration with Ashley Parks (Choreographer). The executive team formed Mozaic to illustrate the true representation of campus diversity through the art of modern/hiphop dance. All for the love of dancing, they were motivated to form Mozaic during their last year at JMU. Since its founding, Mozaic has offered the opportunity for male and female dancers from different backgrounds to express themselves through dance in a team atmosphere, as well as share their talents throughout campus.

Today, Mozaic is an ever growing family that takes pride at being bold and being yourself. Mozaic has broadened their network, from not just James Madison University and the greater Harrisonburg community, but also throughout the Eastcoast.

Hometown:
Harrisonburg, VA at James Madison University


Accomplishments:

  • being able to turn Mozaic as a team around within 4 years from a team who was not recognized in the dance community to one who is part of one, and is spreading dance fully everywhere we go
  • creating COALESCENCE hip hop dance showcase
  • winning two or our three competitions at 1st and 2nd place
  • finally creating a family from our team and creating a legacy of dance at James Madison University


We all have our reasons to dance, but the main reason is because we love it, its our lives, and we want our voices to be heard. Dance is us, its why we dance.

We would like to think its because our dancing speaks for itself, but also because we support anyone who supports dance.

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Introducing: Outta Kontrol Dance Crew pt II
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Team Code: CT010

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Introducing: Outta Kontrol Dance Crew pt I
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Team Code: CT010

What is the name of your group?
Outta Kontrol Dance Crew, the way we had received our name was because we were the students on campus that would break out dancing in the middle of nowhere. We would dance in the café, while walking in our classrooms, walking anywhere on campus, anywhere that was appropriate to move and just dance. The name came about Outta Kontrol because we were out of control and would dance and do it anywhere we wanted.

What is the history of your group?
The story begins in the basement of J&H at Temple University. Five dancers were practicing for a talent show the next day. They decided to bring in a new dancer with quite the reputation at Temple, named Cedric Hall. From a one night practice, the group scored a second place trophy at the show. The 5 dancers who competed began to build a good friendship and continued to dance together in the Spring of 2004. They continued to build upon this relationship throughout the summer, and, come fall, they decided to keep practicing together. However, the team wasn’t founded that quickly. They continued to have small practices until one day they arrived at the first TUV online session. Another Temple Dance Crew was performing for the show. The group felt that they could do BETTER and decided to form their own. And thus, the formation of Outta Kontrol. The members collaborated with TUV online, Brandy Staton, and many others in order to build their popularity. The team name was a result of a collaboration of the 2 male founders on Temple University Campus 8 years ago.

What is your group’s hometown?
We are all dancers from Philadelphia, PA and we are all students at Temple University.

What do you feel are your group’s greatest accomplishments to date?
Our greatest accomplishments as a group are that we are family first dancers second. We are all students and will all graduate from Temple University. Now as a group we are the current Philly’s Best Dance Crew champions 2 years in a row, we were accepted to do BET Spring Fling 2010, and hopefully we will be the next PRELUDE DMV CHAMPS!

Why does your group continue to dance?
We all continue to dance because dance is who we are. We sleep, breath, and eat dance and we just love showing the world what we have as dancers. We all have a talent and why not portray it to others to get their passions out of them.

Why should the others support your group?
We are all well-rounded individuals trying to further our educations and move on to the real world and open dance studios, continue to teach classes, and even go on tour. We dance from the heart and we dance all styles of hip-hop. When we dance we aim to wow the crowd and we keep it all on the stage for the audience to LOVE!