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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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It was close to midnight, and something evil was lurking in the dark.

It was a mass of college students.

Just kidding.

College students and zombies alike congregated in a ballroom at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Union to learn vintage “Thriller” choreography made famous by the King of Pop.

(Find a link to my podcast, hosted by Podbean, here, for an interview with the two dancers that taught the choreography.)

CSUN, the Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada (Las Vegas), is the student government at UNLV. The group organized the event on Oct. 21 for students to learn the original MJ choreography just in time for Halloween.

By all accounts, the event went quite well. Hundreds of people participated, many of whom were in zombie garb for the costume contest that was the culmination of the evening.

Erika Bruno and Alex Lum

Dancers Erika Bruno and Alex Lum occupied a stage at the front of the room, acting as in-person choreographers. Two big-screen projectors were set up alongside them, displaying Jackson’s original video courtesy of our good friends on YouTube. (The link is for the full video, story included. Skip to 8:28 for choreography.)

CSUN’s Director of Entertainment and Programming Chelsea Seegers demonstrated as well as organized, dancing along on stage and running around in equal parts.

Pint-sized b-boys from Rock Steady Crew were also in attendance, meaning that professors weren’t the only ones schooling college kids. (Check out footage toward the end of my video above.)

CSUN promises this will be a UNLV tradition. Hopefully they’re right — it’s certainly worth continuing.

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