Friday, January 27, 2012, 06:10 PM - Posted by Harris
"You could also see the way hip-hop draws on these African dance elements — the high energy, through-the-body movement, the shimmering undulations of hips and torso — in the work of Illstyle, directed by Brandon (Peace) Albright, the show-stopping final group.
"The ensemble’s 11 men displayed some of the most dazzling breaking techniques I’ve ever seen, while Mr. Albright’s choreography possessed a sly humor and an adept sense of spatial composition. Watching these dancers was like watching the greatest ballet virtuosos, each fighting gravity and the appearance of effort, and demanding and getting the impossible from the human body. They were fabulous."
That's the New York Times writing about Illstyle & Peace's Dance Africa performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2010.
The group continues to amaze. Their moves have lost none of their splendor, their choreography none of its thrill. On February 4, they will bring all of that to the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck.
The day before they dance here, they will be hosting two free workshops for students at Mamaroneck High School and SUNY Purchase. We're proud of this endeavor, which fits beautifully with both the Emelin's mission to "promote a cultural life that entertains, educates, and invigorates" and the ongoing quest of Brandon “Peace” Albright, Illstyle's Artistic Director, to "share his dance ministry with diverse audiences."
A video of Illstyle's Dance Africa performance is available on YouTube, where two students who took part in the opportunity the Emelin is bring to Westchester rave about what they saw and experienced:
The group just visited our school. What a performance! It was a real treat. Not only are they entertaining but also knowledgeable. They perform with educational segments incorporated in their magnificent show. A must see. MsZenta123
They came to my school today. Totally amazing! thundertubs81
There are still tickets available to come see Illstyle & Peace perform on the Emelin stage on Saturday, February 4 @ 8 pm.
There's a spectacular 50% student discount, too. It's a fabulous show for everyone from dance aficionados to music lovers to families with kids who would benefit from a wholesome hip-hop dance experience.
Join us, and come see more in the Emelin's family, dance, and music series in 2012!
Buy tickets online here, call the Emelin box office at 914.698.0098 or get them in person: 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.