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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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As any dancer in a large-scale production can tell you, track sheets (essentially backstage road maps for entrances, exits, costume changes and the like) can get complicated.

Here at the Insider, things aren’t too different. There’s a lot going on this month, so here’s a breakdown of some of the crazy stuff that is happening (or has recently happened) throughout the month of November. If you know of an event that you would like to be included, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment below.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 — ongoing: Cirque’s “Viva ELVIS” soundtrack hit digital shelves today. Follow the link here and find it on iTunes. “Blue Suede Shoes” is free til Nov. 16.

Thursday, Nov. 11 — 10 p.m. at Daddy Mac’s: “Burly-Que Revue,” the monthly burlesque show. See it the second Thursday of the month. 

Friday, Nov. 12 — 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Tunay Ink: locking workshop with Scoo B Doo. Work through wrist rolls, scoo bot, Scoo B Doo, and learn about where locking came from in the first place.

Sunday, Nov. 14 — 1 p.m. at the Rock Center for Dance: master class with choreographer Bonnie Story (see her work in “High School Musical” and “Viva ELVIS”).

Tuesday, Nov. 16 — 9 .m. at Blush Nightclub at Wynn resort: Third annual Go-Go Cup, $30, locals and industry free. Winners will be chosen by crowd participation. Register at blush@lasvegasnightgroup.com.

Thursday, Nov. 18 – Saturday, Nov. 20 — 8 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. at UNLV‘s Dance Studio One in the Ham Fine Arts building: “Kinetic Connections.” Tickets are $18 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors, military and UNLV faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office. Call (702) 895-ARTS (2787) for details.

Friday, Nov. 19 at Tunay Ink: Hip-hop jam with Fuku Burger and Tunay Ink. Details TBA.

Saturday, Nov. 27 — 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rock Center for Dance: Step Up and Dance, a fundraiser organized by Melina Rounis (“The Beatles LOVE”) in partnership with Three Square food distribution center. Donate $10 and up and dance as much or as little as you’d like. The more the merrier, so please invite your friends, stop by and donate and show some LOVE. You do not have to be a dancer to attend this event. All proceeds go to the Clark County Food Bank.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 — 8 p.m. at the Onyx Theatre: “Karnival”: Las Vegas’ only monthly themed variety show. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7:30.

Friday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 23 — 10:30 p.m. at the Insurgo Bastard Theater: “Insurgo: The Nutcracker,” adapted and directed by John Beane.

Friday, Dec. 17 – Saturday, Dec. 26 at the Paris Theatre in Paris Las Vegas: Nevada Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker.” For ticket prices and information and show times, follow the link here.