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Young Roots Performance Series: Still Standing

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Directed by Rokafella (renowned Hip-Hop breaker and co-Artistic Director of Full Circle Productions), Still Standing is a dance theater work created with students from Hostos Community College that fuses club and street dance styles, along with song and poetry, and incorporates the students' personal photographs to tell their inspirational stories of "going through and getting through" life's challenges. The work celebrates the mixed consciousness of first- and second-generation youth, because "if we don't tell our stories...who will?"

Rokafella -- NYC born and bred Ana “Rokafella” García began her career dancing on the streets with the NYC Float Committee, The Breeze Team and the Transformers. She later co-foundedFull Circle Prod Inc., a non-profit Hip-hop dance-based organization with her husband Kwikstep. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally. She directed the documentary All The Ladies Say and has appeared in several films. Internationally she’s been hired to judge dance contests such as B Supreme, We B* Girlz, Battle of the Year and Red Bull's BC One in Brazil. She has had her poetry published in "Pepatian's Anthology of Bronx Poets" and the world famous photographer Martha Cooper asked her to be a featured contributor to the first ever B-girl photo book entitled "We B* Girlz". She is a vocalist who performs throughout NYC with her band RPM. She represents the lifestyle of a successful Afro-Latin woman in Hip-hop culture and she believes art is life.

The Young Roots Performance Series at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture showcases emerging artists experimenting with the artistic roots of Afro-Latino traditions to create new branches that reach into the future. The series was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation’s highly selective New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, which supports creativity and the arts, with an emphasis on innovation.

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