Breakdancers to compete at Shubert this Saturday

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September 14, 2009 // UPDATED 3:12 pm - September 24, 2009
By: Kathryn Holahan
Kathryn Holahan
Breakdancers from throughout the country will converge Saturday on the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center’s parking lot to compete in the second annual Groundbreaker Battle.

Participants — known as breakers, B-boys or B-girls — will compete for more than $5,000 in prizes.

The event, which drew more than 1,000 attendees and crews last year, will take place in the parking lot between the Hennepin Center for the Arts and Shubert Theater buildings at 528 Hennepin Ave. from 1- 8:30 p.m. It is sponsored in part by Scion and is free and open to the public.

DJ Nikoless, host Carnage the Executioner, guest artists Desdamona, Dancin’ Dave, Zenon Dance Company Youth Hip Hop class and last year’s winner Motion Disorderz will all perform at the event, according to the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center press release.

“It feels like it’s the heart of hip hop- like back in the day in 1973- how it should be done,” B-boy Jesse Jess said in a prepared statement. “This jam is bringing the community together.”

Live graffiti displays from Juxtaposition Arts, a panel discussion featuring the business of hip hop, and breaking workshops from Zenon Dance Company and Milwaukee break dance crew Motion Disorderz are a few of the family and community-centered activities offered throughout the day.

This event is a program of the Minnesota Shubert Center’s Arts Education and Technology Program. The program offers Minnesota students the chance to interact with artists through videoconference technology during distance learning sessions.