SALT LAKE CITY – On Aug. 2, Salt Lake City’s Underground Crew – a performance dance company founded in 2011 – will be bringing their eclectic style to St. George for a dynamic day of master classes and performances featuring highlights from their well-received show, “Off the Wall.”
Born of a desire to connect dancers and dance styles of all types, Artistic Director Andrea Kuhn, a studio trained dancer and former drill instructor, and her husband, Bobby Kuhn, a break dancer, started the Underground Crew as a way to bring more studio to street and more street to studio, Andrea Kuhn said.
The unique mixture brings together classically trained dancers and freestyle dancers in an all-styles company that is a first in Utah, Kuhn said.
“We could really see the divide between styles,” Kuhn said of their desire to create the diverse company, “this was the next step to really blend the styles.”
Members of the crew perform in a wide variety of dance genres including contemporary, jazz, break dancing, pop and lock, house, krumping, hip-hop and even waacking – an African American style of street dance.
Like most dance companies, the Underground Crew has a very strong work ethic, Assistant Director Olivia Fullmer said, we respect the dance community and we have a high level of professionalism.
But despite their professionalism, the crew also maintains a family atmosphere and a lighter rehearsal load than most performance companies.
“Most of our crew members are full-time students or have full-time jobs,” Kuhn said, “but with us they still get to participate in their passion.”
It is a formula that is working for this crew who have felt a warm response from the community.
“Almost all of our shows are sold-out,” Fullmer said.
The crew comes to St. George
In order to share their love and passion for dance, the Underground Crew is coming south to St. George to offer a day of master classes with members of their crew and to put on a mini-show of some of their most popular pieces.
Dancers of all skill levels are invited to attend and students will showcase what they have learned at the end of the day.
Registration is now open for the workshops which will be held on Aug. 2 at the Stars Dance Studio, 210 North 1000 East.
The crew’s performance is open to the public and tickets are also on sale now.
“We really want to spread what we are doing,” Kuhn said, “we want to connect all of Utah.”
- When: Saturday, Aug. 2. Workshops begin at 9 a.m., performance begins at 2 p.m.
- Where: Stars Dance Studio, 210 North 1000 East
- Cost: Workshop: $30, Performance: $10 or free for master class students
- To register for the classes or to purchase tickets visit the crew’s event page
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