Thursday, June 5, 2008

You can take the gymnast out of the gym...

...but you can't take gymnastics out of the gymnast.

It's been a year and a half since I began breaking (that's break dancing for you mainstream folks) and I thought I had neutralized all of my gymnastics habits- such as pointing my toes, raising my arms in a salute before I go for a handstand.

And then I saw this- a picture taken at my first bgirl battle. I'm in the middle of doing footwork and I flick my wrist, gymnast style. I wonder if that's the reason I didn't make it out of the preliminary rounds of battle.

At least I didn't point my toes.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More fallout from the Daily News article

So after my Pulitzer worthy 500 word account appeared in the New York Daily News, some producers at Channel One, a daily news show geared towards junior high and school students read the article and sent a reporter, camera man and crew to Bushwick practice to do another story about the legendary, Break Easy (aka Papa Rich, aka Richie Santiago).

It is pretty well-done, replete with some old school b-boy shots of Break Easy as a teen. And like I've said many times- this man is incredible and deserves all the props he gets.

(Sadly, none of my breaking made it into the final cut though I was in fine form at that practice. I was interviewed after a very sweaty workout and did my best to purty up for the camera, but I still ended up looking like a hot mess. That, and the fact that my eyes seem to be rolling backwards cause I spent the entirety of my interview trying to make eye contact with the 6'5" reporter)

Breaking segment appears towards the end- around 3 minutes in.