“I think dance is a universal language. The dance moves are the alphabet of my body. I speak out loud when I dance, I share my story and explain the complexity which lives in my mind.”
-Tawatha Camilla, dancer, What's Poppin' Ladiez?! battle invitee
Connecting with people through movement is THE BEST. Moving with others, seeing others come into themselves, into the music, getting hype with each other or even just talking about dance, feels so authentic to me.
Living in the Pacific NW, the street dance scene is small, but vibrant. I feel supported and challenged by the community and have so much room and support to grow. With that said, female representation is not exactly, many. When it comes to female poppers, I can count them on one hand.
Last year in Seattle, Angel ‘Moonyeka’ Alviar-Langley responded by creating WHAT'S POPPIN' LADIEZ?!, an event showcasing bad ass women and their skillz. She brought together an international line-up of female poppers, DJs and MCs. Last year’s all female popping 7-to-smoke battle was fyahh!
And that is why I am getting hyped for this weekend.
This year she is doing it again, bringing an amazing group of women together to create what is going to be another dope event, full of workshops, panels, performances and battles!
This event starts today (literally). So peeps if you are in Seattle or want a reason to be in Seattle, show up. There are events going down Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 28th-30th. Check the page.
I got the chance to catch up with a few of the invited battle guests prior and ask them about their experience as female poppers and as dancers. Check some of their wisdom out below.
How do you celebrate your femininity in popping?