Workshops and showcases are plentiful in June!

June means the end of school for some, but when it comes to dancing and teaching, IAW is more like Can’t stop, Won’t stop! One event is already done, but there’s more to come. Read on and find out what’s in store for this month!

On Sat, June 7 Beacock Library hosted a Free Community Workshop with Ill at Will. The workshop covered some basic hip hop moves and lessons on musicality, freestyle, and the importance of creative expression.

teaching a dance workshop at Beacock Library
Northeast stays fresh and ILL!

This Sat, June 14 we will be at Our Street London (car free festival on Dundas St.) between 11am – 4pm. We’ll probably be with our O.N.E. fam near the studio (across from the Central Library) and I heard that there might be performances at 1 and 2 pm.

Come enjoy the street festival, food, and various showcases!

Last but certainly not least is the ONE Movement 2nd Annual Hip Hop Dance Showcase on Fri, June 20 at Wolf Performance Hall (Central Library).

This event celebrates the completion of TWO YEARS of O.N.E. and features competition between some of London’s finest dance crews and solo dancers:

#HBK .. One Up Dance Crew .. HDMI .. ONEsies .. Space Invaderz .. Ill at Will .. Airborne Precautions .. & more ..

If you’re interested in entering YOUR crew to compete, come by the studio (236 Dundas Street) to audition your piece Monday night at 8:30!

This year we are adding another element to the show, one on one all-style battles! Ten spots are available, sign up on our Facebook page. These ten will be battling each other Thursday night, and the top four will be going head to head onstage during the showcase.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Jim or Mike if you have any questions or want to get involved.

ONE Movement receives grant from London Life & United Way

Congratulations to ONE Movement for being awarded the spring 2014 London Life Youth United grant for their ONE Movement Hip Hop Project!

After-school dance workshops led by ONE Movement volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of London offer local youth the chance to experience, learn, and grow through artistic expression. Developing new skills and confidence, participants of the workshops work towards a final performance at the 2nd Annual ONE Movement Hip Hop Dance Showcase taking place in June 2014.

This should turn out to be a great example of the positive influence hip hop can have. So once again, biggups to everyone involved in bringing this after school dance program to the kids, especially ill at will’s own JFX, Bambino, and Nikolaas! A big thanks definitely goes to Mike from O.N.E. Dance Studio as well.

Proving once again that Ill at Will is for the children.

For more information on grant recipients, click here.

Hip Hop Workshop & Showcase this Saturday

Join my crew and I this weekend at O.N.E. Dance Studio for “Through the Elements” Hip Hop Workshop and Showcase!

So often hip hop events are under self-imposed segregation, with each element doing its own thing independent of the others. But this weekend we’re bringing all the elements together under ONE roof!

It’s a great way to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of London and enjoy some of what the local hip hop scene has to offer. Whether you’re already active in one of the hip hop art forms or just like to watch and appreciate, Through the Elements will have something fun for you.

Check out the details below and plan to join us on Saturday!

Through the Elements flyer

“Through The Elements” is a collaboration of local artists bringing a variety of hip-hop dance styles and music together to present a LIVE showcase performance for London’s youth and other hip-hop enthusiasts.

A group of well-known local DJs, graffiti artists, MCs and b-boys will demonstrate their art individually and collectively – to inspire children, youth and adults of all ages to stay active, get involved and creatively express, while educating them on the positive lifestyle of hip-hop culture.


WORKSHOPS/PANELS @ 2-4:30 PM
will take place on 2nd floor of O.N.E. (https://www.facebook.com/OneHipHopDanceStudio)

– MCing x Graffiti x DJing x Breakin
(Artists will share their knowledge and experience as they live and see the culture of hip-hop in London, and why it’s such a powerful tool for creative expression)

SHOWCASE CYPHER JAM @ 7-10:00 PM
will take place on 3rd floor of O.N.E.

– dance performances
– rap battles
– live music
– cyphers
– free giveaways
– $5 fades
– freestyle & spoken word
– graffiti showcase


Featuring London’s very own…

Brad Biederman ‘ANI-33’ | graffiti artist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iFCz4UapHs

Bill Beamin | emcee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyJhY1K2Wv0

Graphwize & DTWB | deejays
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uRAhu2ckuk

Ill at Will crew | b-boys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgx2PoA_7oc


COST:
FREE for afternoon workshops/panels (donations welcome)
$5 for evening live showcase

Thanks to our lovely host: Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre
Proceeds go towards supporting Boys & Girls Club of London


LOCATION:
O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio
236 Dundas St., London, Ontario N6A 1H3

Full details on the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460577357489491/

Through the Elements cover pic

 

IAW 2013 Year in Review

Better late than never, here’s the Year in Review from the “illains” who can rock the beat forever.

There are many successes and good times mentioned below, so right off the bat we want to give a big THANK YOU!! to everyone who supported in-person or online during 2013, and a preemptive THANK YOU for your continued support this upcoming year!

Winter

A group shot at Rachael & Richard's wedding
An IAW group shot at Rachael & Richard’s wedding

The new year started with new additions to the family; in more ways than one. Ill at Will performed for and celebrated with Kayo’s family at his brother’s wedding in January.

The Ill at Will fam grew too, as we welcomed 2 new members to the crew, our students and young guns from Space Invaderz, Eric (T-grr) and Luis (Bambino). We couldn’t be more proud seeing these guys develop in the dance over the years, while remaining humble students. Since then IAW has been a dynamic dozen!

A great way to stay warm during the cold Canadian months is to keep dancing, so that’s what we did. On Jan 9 Ill at Will & O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio teamed up once again to run the first after school dance workshop of the year at Aberdeen P.S.!

The very next day we kept the dancing going when the crew & O.N.E. visited Banting for WE DAY 2013. We were there all day then after school did a workshop at Medway Community Centre.

On Jan 18 we had the opportunity to showcase great cars and great dancing when IAW did a performance for Scion Town during a sold out London Knights game at Budweiser Gardens!


Breakdancing on Ice

Remember those young guns I recently mentioned? Well, the newest generation of illains went straight to work making a name for themselves by winning a couple battles!

First it was T-grr, Bambino, and Con-Air winning The Sole Solution 3v3 battle hosted by Unity on Jan 18. You can watch them claim victory in the final battle by clicking here.

Next it was Bambino winning Mighty Muffins Presents: Flour Wars on February 22. You can watch the quarter finals here and the final battle here.

Not quite part of 2013 but close enough was T-Grr wining the 7 to Smoke competition at Western’s PSYfer Style in late 2012. You can watch his winning rounds by clicking here.

Before the winter was through members of IAW journeyed up North to Wikwemikong, Ontario to do some workshops.


Kayo nails windmill to backspin in Wikwemikong, Ontario

Shout out to Bboy Redsky of Wikki for bringing our crew up to Manitoulin Island to his Indian Reserve. It was too much fun! Everyone was so kind up there, thanks again for the hospitality!

Spring

With Springtime comes growth, so we brought in our homie Bboy Puzzles  (SuperNaturalz Crew) to teach a 2 hour, advanced breaking workshop at O.N.E. dance studio. On March 16 he definitely dropped a lot of knowledge; always a lot to learn and a lot of laughs when we’re hanging with Savio.


It’s not everyday you get to learn from a world renowned champion! Thanks for the shoutout, Puzzles!

On April 6 Kayo teamed up with Ju Roc of Ground Illusionz to win Kings of the Craft in Livonia, Michigan (just West of Detroit). The victory makes Kayo the first IAW member to win a competition in the United States!

Closer to home, IAW and O.N.E. showcased multiple street dance performances along with simple dance lessons at the Our Street London Block Party. We had a lot of fun dancing and mingling with people on the streets of downtown London.

Summer

We kicked off summer with a bang during the ONE Movement Hip Hop Dance Showcase on June 21. Thank you United Way of London & Middlesex and Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre for your sponsorship!

The showcase featured performances by some of London’s most dedicated crews: HBK .. One Up Dance Crew .. HDMI .. ONEsies .. Space Invaderz .. Ill at Will .. Airborne Precautions .. & more…


Ill at Will showcasing The Elements of Breakin’

Over the summer Loebz was invited by the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN) to speak in Grand Rapids, Michigan about his personal adoption story, as well as his relationship between adoption and bboying.

There was exciting news in August 2013 when we announced the Domkey (Lionz of Zion) workshop! The 2012 Red Bull BC ONE USA Champion did a 90 minute breakdance workshop at our studio on August 27. Check out his awesome promo videos on our post here.

Also in August was Artfusion Fest 3: a block party in downtown London, featuring Skratch Bastid! The Canadian DJ and Juno nominated record producer, with three Scribble Jam DJ titles under his belt, headlined the three day event which included a 2 on 2 concrete breakdance battle.


Previously unreleased footage of Scratch Bastid getting busy at the Artfusion Fest 3

The Stripes Back 2: Road Warrior BBoy/BGirl Battle was DJ’d by Skratch Bastid, which was a real treat because he’s got a great ear for jams that the dancers like. The winners of the cash prize were JFX & Nasty Nick, narrowly beating out Stringray and Loebz, so it was an Ill at Will filled final battle!

http://instagram.com/p/dvjbGWzTE6/

At the end of summer the crew celebrated a milestone at the IAW 5 Year Anniversary BBQ. I got all emotional and posted the following on Facebook:

Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed a series of jams, BBQs, ill at will brothersroad trips, and parties with my crew and our friends.

Ill at Will formed five years ago and we’ve picked up new members and countless memories along the way.

I’m so I happy I get to dance and tackle life’s adventures with this group of illains and our fam.

IAW… We serve with pride!

And so summer came to a close, but there was still a quarter of the year left to tackle!

Autumn

Fall involved a couple significant trips to Toronto, one of which involved Ill at Will helping release the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone at Design Republic. Check out the blog post for more details on that product launch.

Ill at Will performs for Pete Rock and CL Smooth show in Toronto

The other TO trip happened on Nov 11 when the crew opened for Pete Rock & CL Smooth along with Camp Lo! Kayo, Logic, and TigerBomb hit the stage and took the picture to the right before the night was through. VIP and autographed tickets, baby!

However, we’re not just about the flashing lights, sometimes we like to get down for a good cause too. Also in November was the Scotiabank StairClimb where IAW not only climbed the all 472 steps once, we actually did it twice, just to prove a point… and to support the United Way of course!

Staying on a feel good kind of vibe, let’s mention the post titled He Started from the Bottom Now He’s ILL. Despite the title I’m not talking about Drake; I’m talking about our crewmate Nasty Nick!
This post was made after Nick, who was born in Holland, received the good news that he can legally work in Canada and will become a permanent resident in December. You can read the rest of the story in that post.

The last thing I want to mention from 2013 is the event filled weekend at the end of November.

http://instagram.com/p/hUnigLzTEw

Not only was there the Grand Opening of the Family Centre in Carling-Thames arena, during which IAW teamed up with O.N.E. and some of the Dynamic Dozen youth to provide a hip-hop / breakdance workshop & performance.

That weekend also had TWO dance jams going down: The first was Western’s Fall Cypher, where JFX (ill at will) won the All Styles competition for the 2nd straight year and Kayo (ill at will) / Ju Rock (Ground Illusionz) won the 2 on 2 breakdance competition.

The following night O.N.E. hosted their 2nd annual dance-driven, charity-supporting, fun-filled Movembreaks jam! It was great to have choreo dancers, freestyle dancers, breakers, house dancers, and more all jamming in the same circle. By the power of their moustaches and many generous donations, Loebz (ill at will) and DTWB (the DJ!) raised over $1000 for prostate cancer and mental health awareness!

I’ve included a couple Instagram clips from those nights here but check the blog post to see a dope recap video and more details.

http://instagram.com/p/hXQ91BTTGx

What a rare treat it was to have 2 breakdance events in 2 days in my home town! At the risk of sounding old I want to point out that back in the day London bboys always had to travel if they wanted to compete because London jams happened maybe once a year. It’s great to see the scene come so far.

2014

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Now it’s 2014 and we’ve got another fresh year ahead of us! We’ve set some personal and crew goals… do you have any dance or fitness related goals?

Also, what is your favourite Ill at Will or O.N.E. memory from 2013? Post it below!

Yes I Dance Survey – Canadian Council for the Arts

The Canadian Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council are conducting the first-ever, nation-wide online survey of dancers as part of the Canada Dance Mapping Study; a study which aims to enhance their understanding of the dance field.

All dancers, choreographers, and dance teachers 16 years of age or older are invited to participate. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and you can find the survey by clicking here.

The results will be shared through reports and graphics on the Canada Council web site.

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Do you dance?

Whether you practice African dance, ballet, ballroom, folk, highland, hip hop, jazz, powwow, square dance or any other style, you are taking this survey to count yourself in!

Do you know someone who dances?

Share the survey link – www.ekos.com/yesidance-survey – with your networks.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #yesIdance!

Canada Dance Mapping Study

Also of interest is this interactive, searchable map of dance in Canada. The map already pinpoints more than 900 dance-related organizations in various genres, and in the coming weeks and months they aim to triple the number of entries!

The mapping microsite is an initiative of the Canada Dance Mapping Study.