Step X Step Dance: Top 11 Posts of 2011

WE HERE AT STEP X STEP DANCE HAVE EVERYONE OF YOU TO THANK! ITS BEEN A GREAT 6 MONTHS SINCE WE REALLY STARTED THIS PROCESS OF COVERING HIP HOP DANCE! ITS OUR LOVE, OUR PASSION, AND WE LOVE TO SHARE THE WORLD OF HIP HOP DANCE WITH YOU! WE TRY TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED AND IN THE KNOW HOW OF ALL STYLES HAPPENINGS! HERE IS OUR TOP 11 LIST COVERAGE OF 2011:

11. REVIEWING THE STEEZ BOOMBOXES: 

We got the opportunity to review these boomboxes by doing a promo review of what we saw at World of Dance San Diego! It was great to meet all the people involved in STEEZ USA at Pioneer Headquarters and to discuss the idea of reviewing these awesome boomboxes! Reviews

10. COVERING STUDIOS, DANCERS, CREWS, AND EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD:

There are so many people that took time to interview with us from Arizona to Uzbekistan to Michigan to New York to UK, Ireland, Malaysia, and I can go on! It was amazing to see the inspiration and talents of so many amazing dancers and studios! It’s interesting how language was sometimes a barrier but the barrier was eliminated by the talk and sight of dancing from various videos or discussing inspirations. Literally, we try to cover what everyones talking about with popular crews/dancers but we know that there are dancers/studios/events/crews in small towns around the world who dont get as much exposure!

09. Arizona/Utah Dance Scene:

The Arizona & Utah street dance scene are insane right now! They’ve have been that underrated foe in the hip hop world for quite a few years but over the last 2-3 years the scenes have grown immensely! In Arizona you have Furious Styles Crew who can be given the originators of the bboy scene, The JukeBox studio full of amazingly talented ladies and gentlemen who work very hard at their styles. Epik Dance Co., BreakOut Studios in Tucson, and a number of individual dancers who are beginning to gain a lot of credibility outside of Arizona borders. Utah has fresh talent from St. George to Logan. You’ve got Urban Dance Organization,  Bboy Fed, Ensoul, KnuFellaz, Lockers, Poppers, Bboys, Stompers, House heads! I could go on, but the scene has really grown with the help of many different people and organizations. I hope to expose all these different people, crews, and organizations to the world!

08. Interview with Strife TV:

I’ve been watching Strife. TV for a good number of years now and one of my crowning moments for starting this passion project was being able to see how they started, where they are, and where they want to go! All these different outlets for street dance work really hard while keeping full/part time jobs in their specific regions! It’s cool to see how hard people work because of the love they have for the culture! Strife has done really amazing to cover the street dance styles from the US all the way across the world and I thank them for giving up a little of their time to interview with me! LINK

07. Interview with Poe One & Kid Rainen:

At World of Dance San Diego, I got the chance to interview Poe One but what I didn’t expect was Kid Rainen from the Jabbawockeez to come over and what happened from their was an awesome behind the scenes history lesson from these guys! Not only was it cool to hear about the history between them but to hear inspired words for kids in the Bboy/Hip Hop culture. It was such a great moment for me, especially since I remember what FSS8 which was one of the first bboy battles I ever watched and I remember that moment with PoeOne and Do-Knock! Thanks for the interview. LINK

06. Interview and Cypher with Phillip “PacMan” Chbeeb:

So at HHI, Pacman was teaching a workshop at Urban Moves and we were lucky enough to catch an interview with Pacman from recent winners of ABDC Season 6, I.aM.mE. Crew as well as Chachi! But that night when they had they’re chill out cypher room, I got to cypher in the same circle as him and Dumbo from Poreotics which was way inspiring! All in all it was a great experience! LINK

05. Future Dancers

The last two years there have been so many amazing kids who are about to take over the reigns of the dance world! The future is bright for our culture because not only are these kids getting exposure on a national/international medium but they are staying true to the underground culture! When I did my write up on the future dancers even just under the age of 12, I was so amazed by what I was writing up and even watching the videos or seeing these kids live was just inspiring! I can’t just name everyone, but I’m amazed at kids like Master Mace, who I’ve known him and his family for the last year and that kid has worked SO HARD and has achieved many great goals! LINK

04. Interview with Buddha Stretch 

I remember the first time I heard Buddha Stretch name, which was with Bboy Freak from KHZ as I was interviewing him. When Freak was telling me about how inspiring he was to just talk to him and get the real background of Hip Hop dance as well as House, I was like I need to meet Buddha! Well at HHI he was teaching a workshop at Urban Moves and we were able to catch an interview with Buddha. Jacob and I did not expect to speak with Buddha for an hour and a half! I mean this guy was with MJ and helped choreograph “Remember The Time” and he is the Father of Hip Hop Dance! The stories he told, the inspiring words he presented, and so much other great content motivated both Jacob and I to do everything 110% after that! LINK

03. The Night I battled Do-Knock:

You have to understand something I didn’t really start pursuing my dancing until 2002/2003 so by the time 2004 rolled around I was practicing so much and then “You Got Served” came out and it was over after that! I was hooked into doing everything I could to learn about hip hop dancing: bboy’n, popping, locking, etc… So when I met Crumbs from Killafornia at Out for Fame finals in ’05 that was huge! But I remember most about You Got Served was watching Do-Knock kill it!!! Then came Freestyle Sessions 8 where Do-Knock’s rocking beats just fueled my fire to dance!

The first time I met Do-Knock was at Vegas Shakedown 09 and he was such a nice guy and I ended up buying a Super Cr3w shirt! So when I first moved to Vegas this summer, on June 25, the day MJ died…there was an MJ dance contest at Insert Coin and I ended up being in the Top4 against Do-Knock. We didn’t battle but he gave me props and some advice after! I was like WOOOOOW! That just happened! The next time was at Revo Lounge at the Mirage for a Bonnie & Clyde All-Styles battle and the first battle was he and his partner against me and mine! I feel like I held my own but I really didn’t care about if I won or not, I got to dance with a dance icon of mine! The next time I saw him was at a Subway in Hollywood next to where FSS14 was going on. I walked in and he recognized me! It was a really cool feeling! LINK

02. Steelo Coverage

Being able to promote and help Steelo and his family is the first priority for covering these unfortunate events! It was a great honor to get the chance to have a representative of SXS at Steelo’s Fundraiser in Hollywood to cover the event! All I can say is I am truly inspired by the faith, will, and motivation of Steelo. Being someone who has never met him but felt his inspiration to overcome these difficult circumstances as well as the inspiration that comes from his dancing, I can say its an honor to be able to help promote in any way that would support him and his family! 4God 4Dance 4Love – Support Page

01. Covering Hip Hop International / USA Championships/Worlds Hip Hop Championships

This one event of a whole week is the reason I am still here writing these posts! If it wasn’t for the faith and belief from Jess Bedolla, Mookie Washington, and a number of other people, I wouldn’t be where I am at! I met so many great friends from walking those halls, filming some of the dancing, interviewing crews and dancers, and just getting to know people and their backgrounds! After that week was over, I didn’t want it to end! It was like a family! IT IS A FAMILY! Everyone brings it all to the table their at HHI in competition, but at the end of the day everyone is FAMILY! Meeting people from Ukraine, UK, Ireland, Malaysia, Japan, USA, everywhere around the world, the passion and inspiration makes me miss even more! I’m so thankful for the opportunity which has transpired into a lot more opportunities for myself and others! 2012 HHI will be even more amazing! LINK

UPDATED: Not on the list but definitely TOP5 is our chance to interview Les Twins this Saturday! Not many people get the chance to be at a workshop or to meet these guys but after 6 months of SXS, bugging people for interviews or press passes LOL, and now the chance to interview some amazing dancers from France. It truly is going to be a great experience! Thank you Judy and Barbara! LINK

2012: Developing a weekly Urban Dance News Show

Covering SYTYCD/ABDC Auditions

Auditioning for SYTYCD and donating to Dizzy Feet Foundation

Organizing Events and covering events around the world

New wesbite and merchandise from SXS

Juste Debout 2012 in Paris (Personal Goal)

Last but not least my personal note:

I want to thank everyone that has been involved with Step X Step Dance! Over this last year I have been without work and on unemployment looking for opportunities to stay involved with dance but pay the bills! I have been blessed with wonderful family and friends who have supported me in more ways than one! I started this project in February and stopped for a few months until June I went full force into it! The money will come I truly believe that if you have a dream or passions you want to follow in something that is positive for the world, people will see that and want to get involved somehow! Many great minds went through hell just to see heaven! I guess what I’m trying to say is if an average guy like me ,who loves dancing and wants to expose peoples talents to inspire others around the world, can do what I am doing right now then whatever it is you want to go for GO FOR IT! CRUSH IT! OWN IT! WORK HARD, PLAY HARD! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! If they do, you can send them to me and we’ll have a talk 🙂 I’ll end with my favorite quote of all-time:

Marianne Williamson: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are younot to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I LOVE YOU ALL

CLAYTON “C-BASS” ASHCRAFT – 

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