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NYC Hip Hop Dancers Take Center Stage in Special Performance...

Clovis, NM (October 27, 2007) -- Talented break dance specialists combine athletic ability and graceful choreography in a thrilling tribute to an urban street phenomenon as the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series and Citizens Bank of Clovis present BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular on October 27 at 7 pm in Marshall Auditorium.

Tracing the evolution of hip-hop dancing over the last thirty years, BREAK! is a high energy celebration of this creatively charged and totally unique American art form. Featuring a combination of pure physical strength and agility, New York's finest urban artists perform breathtaking movements to a pumping soundtrack and a live DJ who is a choreographic delight himself. Many of the BREAK! performers have been featured dancers with showbiz legends including Madonna, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Ringo Starr and Luther Vandross.

"They call it breaking because you dance to the break of the song," said Otoniel "Aquaboogy" Vasquez, a master of "popping" and "locking." Vasquez' got his nickname from his style of dancing which resembles liquid slow motion. Kumiko 'Locking Q' Naito is an award-winning break dancer from Japan. Described as a human accordion, Naito wills her body into some of the tightest dance moves in the business. Kenny Muhammad, a well-known beatboxer commonly referred to as the "Human Orchestra," has collaborated with many rappers and performed with the New York Philharmonic.

BREAK! incorporates five types of hip-hop into its performances--dance, rap, DJ, graffiti and fashion. The hip-hop form requires improvisation and footwork patterns that are recombined into countless rhythms and styles. The show features intricate footwork, power tumbling, head-spinning, amazing freeze positions and much more.

Tickets are $15 General Admission and $10 for Students/Seniors/Military and may be purchased in advance at the CCC Cashiers' windows. For more information, please call 769-4956.

BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular Saturday, October 27 at 7 pm Marshall Auditorium Tickets: $15 General Admission $10 Seniors/Military/Students

Tickets are available at the CCC Cashier's Windows or at the door the evening of the performance (pending availability).

For more information, please call 769-4956.

For interviews: Christy Mendoza, Cultural Arts Director 769.4950 christy.mendoza@clovis.edu www.clovis.edu/culturalarts