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If you’ve driven by or taken class at the graffiti-covered dance studio downtown called Tunay, you can probably attest to the vibrant personality and love of music and movement that emanates from the place. Jojo Peralta, the brains behind the b-boying and printing operation, was recently featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which gives dancers that know him as the smiling guy behind the desk a chance to get to know what led up to Tunay.

The story illustrates Peralta’s own rough-and-tumble history, from gang life to dancing to owning a studio, and his own quest to give Las Vegas teens a place to fit in. Consider it required reading if you’ve ever wondered about the street dance scene in the city, if you’re part of it yourself, or if you know someone who would like to be. Find the full story here, and find Tunay Ink at  1118 S. Main Street in Las Vegas.

Street dancers holler for fellow hip hoppers and b-boys.

Street dancers of all creeds converged in North Las Vegas for a showcase and fundraiser put on to raise money for Tunay Ink, a street dance studio downtown that’s ailing financially.

The Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center on West Carey Avenue was bustling with dancers in Nikes, Chucks and stripes, the unofficial uniform of hip hoppers and b-boys. Tunay swag and gift cards were raffled off, street superstars Jimmy “Scoo B Doo” Foster, Bailey “Bailrok” Munoz, Jeff “J Boogie” Kelley and Ariah “Baby Wockee” made appearances, and attendees threw down in battles all over the place.

Impromptu battles aside, several performances by Las Vegas crews brought some serious funk to the event. Ground Zero, Hypnotix, Heartbreakerz, High Profile and Virtuouz Dance Krew all demonstrated the breadth of street dance and the individuality inherent in all facets of these variations.

Chris Gorney, cohost of the event, kept things lively and interesting in between performances and emphasized the importance of having a studio like Tunay.

“The word [Tunay] means real, true and genuine,” Gorney said. “We’re really trying to keep that studio alive and that’s what we’re all here for today.”

This was the thread running through the showcase. Bailrok, a pint-sized member of Rock Steady Crew, The Prodigy and Future Funk, agreed with Gorney.

“We should all help Jojo because he did a lot for the hip hop community,” he said.

Despite these declarations, the mood of the evening was anything but somber. Contagious energy abounded and an undercurrent of affectionate competition washed over battles. Scoo B Doo, largely regarded as locking royalty, underscored this.

“Everybody, everybody should love dancing because it makes you happy,” he said. “Politics has got to stay out of this. It’s a battle when ou get out on the floor, but you still love each other.”

Tunay owner Jojo Peralta manned the mic at the end of the show and talked about challenges Tunay is facing, but also of the studio’s unifying presence for the street dance community in Las Vegas.

“We got a hard-core crew,” he said, eliciting cheers and fist-pumps. “That’s what’s really going to keep things going.”

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Updated Aug. 3

New Zealand swept up medals of gold at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships at the Orleans arena, but the U.S. crews put up a good fight. IDK, from San Diego and Los Angeles-based Instant Noodles both netted bronze medals in the Varsity (ages 13-17) and Adults (18 and older) divisions, respectively.

New Zealand’s Bubble Gum and Sorority took home the gold in the Juniors (ages 7-12) and Varsity divisions. Royal Family, also from New Zealand, captured the gold medal in the MegaCrews Division, for 15 to 40 dancers.

Plague, hailing from the U.K., reigned supreme in the Adults age group. The Prodigy, another Las Vegas crew in the Juniors Division, bid the competition adieu in the semifinals but strutted their stuff on KTNV Channel 13.

Hoo. With more than 5,000 fans in the audience and 2,000 competitors in attendance, Hip Hop International’s World Hip Hop Dance Championships made for the best-attended street dance event to date.

For some great photos, videos and interviews, check out Robin Leach’s article from the Las Vegas Sun.

For a recap of Day Five from House of Crews, cue up the video below.

July 30

The throw-down competition that draws thousands of dancers from all over the world is hitting it hard in Las Vegas for the fourth year running. Hip Hop International‘s USA and World Hip Hop Dance Championships are something akin to the world series of the genre, with top-notch crews battling against each other for the reigning title. Dancers span three age divisions, from elementary school kids with mad skills to adults who have been in the business for a long, long time. This is also the first year of the megacrew category, where crews can bring between 15 and 40 of their members.

Today is World Battle Day, with international dancers battling in popping, locking and freestyle. Toni Basil, choreographer of Bette Midler’s show at Caesars Palace, will judge the one-upping. For play-by-play tweets of the action, check out Robin Leach on Twitter.

The Las Vegas-based crew The Prodigy advanced to the world semifinals yesterday after snagging the USA title in the juniors division. This is the first crew from the city to get this far, and they’ll compete in the world semifinals on Sunday.

For more hip hop excellence, check out the stories here and here from VegasDeLuxe. You can find Hip Hop International’s official YouTube channel here. For a recap of day one and for links to more videos, cue up the video below.

We need a hero!

We Are Heroes, the winners of the fourth season of America’s Best Dance Crew, were poppin’ at The Rock Center for Dance on July 18.

The dynamic all-girl crew, with members hailing from all sides of the hip-hop globe, gave a diverse master class and emphasized the power of basics. (Check out their promo material here.)

Hiroka “Hero” Mcrae recruited four other girls and started the Heroes crew. Together, the girls set out to prove that fierce female energy and creativity are in demand. America agreed, crowning them America’s Best Dance Crew in 2009.

Their class was equally impressive. The personalities of the girls were evident and teamwork was oozing out of their teaching style.

Despite the credentials and their televised success, the two hour master class was surprisingly ill-attended.

Yes, it was  Sunday, and yep, it was hot. But come on. Props go out to the girls for bringing it as much as ever, but there is too much of a hip-hop community in Vegas for only eight people to show up.

This is on you, Las Vegas. We can do better than that.

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