We’re bringing something new this year that will get you off your seats! Anyone can participate. 80’s, Funk, Jazz, Disco and more!! Take a ride on the Soul Train 5-5:30 p.m.
Special appearances and open shines by our illustrious judges, Don’t miss this segment! Soul train will open, jump in with your friends and relatives! 5-5:30 p.m.
Dance floor will be available from 4-5:30 p.m. to competitors and audience alike. Practice and prepare before the battles begin.
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FYI: For your convenience, flyers will be available at Villa on 8th and Hamilton St in Allentown (Right down the street from Mayfair) Registration will be open the day of the event from 4-5:30 p.m.
We’re excited to announce this years line up of guest DJ, Judges and Hostess! Traveling from the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) we’ve booked DJ Skeme Richards (The acclaimed B-Boys DJ), Judges Mark ‘Smart Mark’ Boston and Virgil ‘Lil O’ Gadson (Both of I Am Phresh Dance Studio-Philadelphia) along with dance sensation Renee ‘Ms. L’ Lorenzetti (Allentown, PA) who will be our Hostess and third Judge to top things off! You will feel the divine energy with these heavy forces on the scene! Each are exceedingly passionate are very involved in their communities through dance. Find out more about our guest DJ, Judges and Hostess, check out their biographies and dance videos below!
DJ Skeme Richards
Hailing from Philadelphia a city famous for producing internationally known DJ’s such as Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money and King Brit. Skeme has put in nearly 25 years of DJing and producing. Diggin and spinning everything from Funk & Soul, Classics, Hip Hop, Breaks and all things funky he continuously strives to separate himself from the pack. Recently focusing heavily on the B-Boy scene, Skeme has brought a new edge and sound with rocking more raw funk 45’s than the traditional breaks. Since becoming a DJ for the world famous Rock Steady Crew, Skeme has had the opportunity to play jams and be heard across the globe. Not limiting himself to B-Boy events only, he is also a first-class party DJ that keeps the attention of even the trendiest crowds. Skeme has mastered the art of keeping dance floors packed by setting the tone early, and reading his crowd properly. Skeme has a very impressive resume when it comes to DJing some of the largest events worldwide including Battle of The Year, UK Champs, IBE, Circle Kingz, HipOpsession and others. Recently Skeme has created his signature party Hot Peas and Butta which is an all 45’s funk and soul dance party which has just reached it’s 3 year anniversary. Hot Peas and Butta has traveled the globe doing parties in NYC, LA, Tokyo, San Francisco, Switzerland, Germany just to name a few.
Judge, Mark ‘Smart Mark’ Boston
As a native of Philadelphia, PA, Mark’s desire for entertaining began at an early age. Standing at 6′4″, his passion for hip-hop dance grew to stand taller than him and so began his pursuit for happiness. This self-taught dancer’s journey became an exciting one early on with local performances in the Tri-state area such as Welcome America’s July 4th Parade, City Hall’s 100th Anniversary, and Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As his talent quickly grew, he also began to develop another passion, acting. Mark’s acting credits include performing at the Wilma Theatre and Prince Music Theatre where he gained a principal role in “From Tha Hip”. Mark also performed in a 3 week sold out show with Chosen Dance, a Philadelphia based hip-hop company, which presented Mark with numerous performance opportunities. These performance opportunities include: BET’s 106th and Park, ESPN’s X-Games VIII, Philadelphia ‘76-ers Halftime Show, Superbowl XL, an NFL Nation Wide Commercial, and MTV’s Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 2).
Judge, Virgil ‘Lil O’ Gadson
Over the years, Virgil has danced in NFL commercials, and many venues including MTV’s Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Virgil has also appeared in music videos and has choreographed musicals. He is an avid student and instructor of Hip Hop dance as he thoroughly incorporates himself into all aspects of the art form. Ranging from outreach programs in South Philadelphia to the University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia, and classrooms in Bermuda, Virgil has instructed children and adults of all ages and is very involved in his community as well as dance communities abroad. Virgil has competed in Paris representing the United States for the Hip Hop title of “Juste Debout” 2011. Expanding his knowledge and love for dance, Virgil attended University of the Arts and became a graduate of their dance program in 2008. It was at UArts that he was able to integrate other dance forms such as: Modern, Jazz, Ballet and Tap. Though Hip Hop continues to be his main focus, Virgil encourages all of his students to learn and experience all dance styles and their history in order to help them grow and meet their potential in dance and life. Virgil appreciates being a teacher and choreographer as it allows him to showcase his work and inspire great dancers and performers.
Hostess/ Judge, Renee Lorenzetti aka ‘Ms. L’
Renee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and two Masters Degrees, one in Dance from Temple University, and one in Art Education from Kutztown University. She has been an adjunct faculty member teaching dance courses at Kutztown University, Muhlenberg College and Northampton Community College. Renee is the founder of the dance education program at William Allen High School, where she taught for 13 years. Currently she is the curriculum coordinator of the arts for the Allentown School District; a member of the Allentown Arts Commission, and educational director of Camp Imagine. She Continues to study dance at Koresh in Philadelphia. In her classes, Renee stresses the Laban 16 movement themes, a strong understanding of alignment and breath control for more effective and dynamic movement.