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Company Description: Bridging Education and Art Together(B.E.A.T.) is a nonprofit organization in New York City that creates and operates extracurricular programs for urban youth. The...   more
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Ken Swift
BEAT Breakers Instructor
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Ken Swift Ken Swift is one of the greatest influences the dance of Bboying (otherwise known as Breaking or Breakdancing) has known.
Considered "The Epitome of a Bboy", Bboys and Bgirls worldwide have emulated Ken's image and style throughout the years. Ken is credited with establishing movements critical to the dances' foundation with his personal style and techniques. He is a true pioneer recognized worldwide for his continued contributions throughout the last 30 years of promoting, educating, and preserving the art form. He continues to be a driving force in its current global culture and is continually invited to attend, judge, and compete in competitions around the world.
Separate from Ken Swift's successful individual career, he has collaborated with and is one of the original members of the world renowned Rock Steady Crew (RSC); the first group of Bboys to receive professional recognition from the media and their peers. They also appeared in television and film including Graffiti Rock (1983), Style Wars (1982), Wild Style (1982), Flashdance (1983), The David Letterman Show (1983), and Beat Street (1982).
In 1999, Hip Hop Culture was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for which Ken was asked to produce an installation. His career led him to open the Ken Swift School of Hip Hop Fundamentals at Breaklife Studios in Brooklyn in 2005.
Ken started VII Gems as a dance company in 1996, a company dedicated to the preservation of New York City traditional dances: Breaking and Rocking. He directed and choreographed the first ever Rock Dance theater piece entitled "Rockin It" that toured 8 cities throughout the UK in May of 2009 sponsored by the Breaking Convention, a Sadler Wells Project. The company is involved in numerous dance classes, lectures, demonstrations, performances, panels, film screenings, competitions, and workshops throughout the world.
In 2010, the Hip Hop Theater Festival has named Ken Swift an Official Honoree for his historic contributions to Hip Hop Theater. Most recently, Ken was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts' American Masterpieces: Dance Award to reconstruct his choreography with Olive Dance Theater in a show entitled "Swift Solos," which began touring in March of 2010.
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After touring the UK with legendary Bboy icon, Ken Swift and the VII Gems Rock Division in 2009, James began to recognize the void of hip hop in the educational system.
Witness a UK exclusive from the ...
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Witness a UK exclusive from the USA's VII Gems Rock Dance Division featuring "the epitome of the B Boy" Ken Swift; French entertainer Salah, who mixes Hip Hop dance with mime and clowning and is known as the "Charlie Chaplin of Hip Hop"; and hailing from South Korea - arguably the best B Boying nation in the world - MyoSung.
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Heads up to those that could cope with an advanced level workshop with Rock Steady legend Ken Swift and bboy world leaders MyoSung.
Rock Steady Crew Master class with Ken Swift
As part of Breakin Convention 09 Birmingham Hippodrome presents a B-Boy Fundamentals Masterclass with legend Ken Swift.
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Ken Swift is a B-boy and former Vice President of the Rock Steady Crew of which he was a long time member and key figure, he is now President of the VII Gems Hip Hop movement in NYC. Widely known in the B-Boy world as "the Epitome of a B-Boy," Ken Swift is credited with the creation of many dance moves. Ken Swift is nearly universally considered by B-Boys to be the individual who has had the greatest influence on break dancing. Ken Swift began B-Boying in 1978 at the age of twelve when he was inspired by dancers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Ken Swift is performing for the first time in the UK as part of Breakin' Convention at Birmingham Hippodrome on the 12th & 13th May with VII Gems Rock Dance Division in their new piece - ROCKIN IT.
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Ken Swift Workshop: B Boy Fundamentals
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Ken Swift is a B-boy and former president of the Rock Steady Crew of which he was a long time member and key figure, he is now President of the VII Gems Hip Hop movement in NYC. Widely known in the B-Boy world as " the Epitome of a B-Boy, " Ken Swift is credited with the creation of many dance moves. Ken Swift is nearly universally considered to by B-Boys to be the individual who has had great influence on break dancing. Ken Swift began B-Boying in 1978 at the age of twelve when he was inspired by dancers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Ken Swift is performing for the first time in the UK as part of Breakin' Convention at Birmingham Hippodrome on the 12th & 13th May with VII Gems Rock Dance Division in their new piece - ROCKIN IT.
The three judges for the Oct. ...
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The three judges for the Oct. 25 competition are just as unique as the event itself, including one of the first bboys ever, one of the first local bboys and one of the first bgirls to gain international notoriety.

Ken Swift is an original member of New York City's Rock…
Atlanta's International Breakdance Competition Announces Judges
Atlanta's largest international breakdance competition, is a one-of-a-kind event not only for the city, but for the international breakdance (bboy/bgirl) community. The three judges for the Oct. 25 competition are just as unique as the event itself, including one of the first bboys ever, one of the first local bboys and one of the first bgirls to gain international notoriety.

Ken Swift is an original member of New York City's Rock Steady Crew.
Widely considered in the breakdance community as the ultimate bboy, Swift is credited with creating many of the foundational movements still used in breakdancing today. His film credits include "Flash Dance", "Beat Street", "Wild Style", "Style Wars" and the "Freshest Kids", not to mention countless television performances.

World renowned graffiti writer Totem is also a local bboy legend. A native Atlantan, he has been dancing since 1986. He held it down in the 90s as a member of Hi-Fi Tribe, the only competitive crew in the city, before forming Atlanta's finest crew Burn Unit. With many years and a thorough knowledge of the dance's history, Totem has been teaching breakdancing for over a decade. As one of the elder bboys in Atlanta, he is still one of the best, challenging the younger generation to keep training.

Aruna is from Rotterdam, Holland. Dancing since 1998, she competes and performs internationally. Highlights include performances at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a tour for the Dutch Queen in 2005. She also organizes workshops and events. Committed to educating and inspiring the youth, Aruna is one of the founders of the HipHopHuis, an educational hip-hop centre in Rotterdam.

The judges bring a variety of experience and style to the event and have all proven themselves to be leaders and innovators. A.T.L competitors must be innovative as well as skilled as they face off in a custom-built arena surrounded by street-themed objects, including a car and a park bench. The more dancers are able to utilize the objects, the more likely they are to win the $1,000 cash prize. With no advance knowledge of the competition setting, the playing field is even for competitors and to ensure they win, competitors will need to leave no doubt in judges' minds that they are the superior dancer, hence all targets leveled.

Fans of breakdance and hip-hop culture will also have the opportunity to meet and greet the legendary bboy Ken Swift at the New Era Atlanta Flagship Store on Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. The New Era store is located at 117 Luckie Street Atlanta, GA 30303, near the Tabernacle.
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The festival kicks off with a lecture at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa given by legendary dancer Ken Swift. He will discuss his 30+ year career as a B.Boy, dancer, choreographer and performer as well as show and discuss film clips, rare footage and images of his unique career. This is a rare glimpse into the roots of Hip Hop culture in New York City and the initial process of being a part of the group that exposed the world to these art forms. The presentation on Thursday, July 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is free to attend and will be coupled with an ohana-style potluck.
Ken Swift is one of the greatest influences the dance of Bboying (otherwise known as Breaking or Breakdancing) has known. Considered "The Epitome of a Bboy," Bboys and BGirls worldwide have emulated his image and style throughout the years. Ken is credited with establishing movements critical to the dances' foundation with his personal style and techniques. Separate from Ken Swift's successful individual career he has collaborated with and is one of the original members of the world renowned Rock Steady Crew (RSC); the first group of Bboys to receive professional recognition from the media and their peers. They also appeared in television and film including Graffiti Rock (1983), Style Wars (1982), Wild Style (1982), Flashdance (1983,) The David Letterman Show (1983), and Beat Street (1982). As a recording artist with RSC, Ken received gold and silver records for the single Hey You, The Rock Steady Crew (Virgin/Charisma, 1984). Since then, Ken has judged dance championships, taught, and performed all over the world in over 30 countries and throughout the U.S. He's been awarded multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards for his preservation and dedication to Bboy culture. Also in 2010, Ken was acknowledged as an "American Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts and received an American Masterpieces in Dance Award to reconstruct his choreography with olive Dance Theatre in a show entitled "Swift Solos: The Re-Construction of Ken Swift's Twentieth Century Breakin'," which toured five cities in the United States throughout 2010. Ken is currently the Program Director for BEAT BREAKERS, a non-profit organization that teaches Breaking Fundamentals in after school programs at multiple high schools and community centers in NYC. Most recently in 2011, Ken Swift was voted the "Second Most Influential Dancer of the Twentieth Century" by CNN's Icon Series, he was the only B.Boy to receive this honor amongst mostly ballet dancers.
On Friday, July 29, there are dance workshops all day at KTPS Dance Studio in Kealakekua. "The classes are important because it shows the fundamental approach of what breaking is," says veteran B.boy (breakdancer) Ken Swift, "to a lot of people around the world they see this dance on television it's only on it's most extreme, complex level while the basic approach to the dance and the basic essence the dance is missing. The whole premise behind these workshops is to share the vibe of having fun with music and an exploration of different things you can do with your body. Swift will be teaching classes at KTPS along with other guest teachers Bgirl Candy from NYC and Bboy Joeson from Philadelphia who will be teaching both a beginning and intermediate kids classes (from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.). Swift will also be teaching two adult classes, one in Breaking Fundamentals from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and one in Rock Dance from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., a lesser known traditional dance from New York City as part of his Classic Styles Workshop series of NYC traditional dance instruction.
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"WallGems & Writestyles" is a group show featuring works from Hawaii, California and New York City artists including Doze Green (NYC), Ken Swift (NYC), Jeremiah "KRUSH" Nathan (BIG ISLAND), Emily Butterfly (SF), PRIME (OAHU), BURN1 (NYC), SUCH (NYC), REBEL (NYC), Rob Northway (NYC), Gerald Lucena (BIG ISLAND), Yarrow "Osofly" Lutz (NYC) and other artists.
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