The Beautiful Street

Performance

Opening Night at PICA's 16th Annual Time-Based Art Festival

Dance, PerformanceKatie JanovecComment

I had the pleasure of producing Opening Night for the 16th Annual Time-Based Art (TBA) festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). The Beautiful Street along with Find A Way and PDXBall hosted and kicked off this awesome 10-day art festival on September 6 by curating a group of live and lit dancers to perform and battle.

What else could ya girl want?

DJ Gaan started the party playing some tunes for the dancers to warm up and the audience members still cruising in. Then the night moved into dance performances showcasing the styles of Locking, Waacking, House, Popping, Vogue, Krump and Dancehall. MC Brandon Harrison introduced each dance style by giving the audience a little history of where it came from and what it is.

I loved this.

It was so wonderful to set the context of what the audience was about to see in the upcoming BATTLE. Yep, the main focus of the night was a 7-to-smoke dance battle.

Seven pre-selected dancers, one wildcard dancer and three judges were invited to participate in a Qing/Kween of the Hill style battle. This was a 45-minute competition where two dancers have 45 seconds each to battle 1v1 against each other, show their dance skills, impress the judges, wow the crowd and have fun. The judges choose a winner and the winner advances to the next round until one dancer has officially beat all 7 dancers, hence the name 7-to-smoke!

This evening was so fun for me. Thank you PICA for believing in me to organize this event and thank you to everyone who is a part of the street and club dance community and showed up.


AND thank you to everyone who WAS this event - Jesus Rodales, Brandon Harrison, Gaan, Tracey Wong, Icon, Shady, Bouton, Bradass, Donnamation, Sonja Corzano, Tomb, Chris Moua, Protoman, Alia Lux, Alfred Trinidad, Decimus, Daniel Girón, Juju Nikz, Yen Boogie, Lockstatic, Dae Dae and Mr. Wu!

Y’all inspire me on the daily.

Pictures by PICA volunteers

Supporting Homeless Youth through Street Dance Performance

Performance, DanceKatie JanovecComment

There is nothing much closer to my heart than dancing for and supporting one of my favorite nonprofit’s → p:ear. “p:ear mentors Portland’s homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create healthier lives and communities.” Ever since I completed an internship with them in 2012 (OMG!) when I was getting my Bachelors, I have been hooked. Meaning, I will forever love them. They create a space for youth who are looked down upon in society, providing access to art, recreation, hiking, bike-building, barista school, GED prep and housing, to name a few. Over the years, I have returned to volunteer for their annual fundraiser. If you have ever attended a large fundraising event before, it is pretty moving to see people lift their bidder paddles and donate thousands of dollars! Thank you people. You are cool.

This was the second year, I was able to organize a group of dancers to perform at the annual fundraiser, p:earblossoms. The theme was Rights of Passage and celebrated p:ear's 16th year! The Development Director, Pippa Arend, wanted us as dancers to represent the homeless youth they serve. I knew I had to loop in my Krump dancer friends as they are so good at sharing their raw energy and emotion. Together, we created three pieces, one that was more light-hearted, joyful, fun, the second that was raw, deep, sad, and a third that showed strength, empowerment and will. 

I am grateful for this opportunity to create and excited to continue partnering with p:ear!

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Aren't we cute? 

All pics (except the last photo) by Cheryl Juetten