Feature: Kenrick 'H20' Sandy

Monday 23 April 2007

Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy **

*Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director
of hip hop dance theatre company Boy Blue, who picked up an Olivier Award this
year for their sell-out show Pied Piper at Theatre Royal Stratford East.*

*Kenrick may spend his time training the next generation of street dancers, but
he tells us why he’s looking forward to learning from some of the art’s original
masters at Sadler’s Wells’ annual hip hop festival – Breakin’ Convention. (5 – 7 May 2007)*

Electric Boogaloos “You’ve got to see the Electric Boogaloos, they are the forefathers of popping. To have them come on stage and perform,
to be able to see that, is an honour for me as someone who’s a popper from the
new generation.

Their founder, Boogaloo Sam, started the Electric Boogaloos around 1977 or ’78. They’re from the west coast
of America, California, whereas a lot of the original breakdancers, like the Rock Steady Crew, were from the east coast.

Although Mr Wiggles, who was in the Rock Steady Crew, is part of the Electric Boogaloos now.

One of the Boogaloos, Suga Pop, was over here not too long ago and he did a little workshop and it was nice
to just be in his presence. I mean, the energy that he has and the knowledge that
they have, it really revitalises you. It’s good to hear about how things started
because when you’re a dancer and you start off you’re always going to classes,
you’re always going out to train, but you can’t see that end position. You realise
you’ve got to take time, nothing can happen overnight.

Hearing the stories of where certain moves came from and when they were named
and things like that, you get to see the origins of street dance. The hip hop
style of dance we have now has come from street jazz, popping, locking, breaking
and it’s all been fused – well, some people fuse it together, some people don’t – but it’s nice to see exactly where it originally came from and the people who
originally did it as well.

Frank II Louise I’m also excited to see Franck II Louise, they’re a company from France. The stuff I’ve seen is so innovative, it’s like
from the next, next page. There is a definite difference to the French style compared
with other countries’ styles. The French have a particular way of moving, they
have a lot of funk, a lot of flavour. When you see groups like Franck II Louise,
or a there’s a popper called Salah who’s doing a solo and his style is so different compared to the Electric Boogaloos.
He still has his foundation in what they do but he has all these different gimmicks.
I think originally he was a mime artist and from that he went on to a different
level.

From the UK, Zoonation definitely will be good. The company is run by a girl called Kate Prince and I love to see what she does. I love the innovation that Kate brings to the
stage and also I just love the style of dance, the type of street dance that they
do, it’s a really flowing movement, a lot of musicality. A lot of their pieces
come with narration and they always have a bit of a twist. And there’s a nice
up-and-coming group called Unity run by a guy named Tahsan, they’re based in East London. They’re one of the rookies at Breakin’ Convention this year. I’ve seen some of their performances and they’re looking really good.”

LINKS

The Electric Boogaloos, Franck II Louise, Salah, Zoonation and Unity are all performing at *Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells, (5-7 May). For more details/times/booking,
visit* sadlerswells.com and www.breakinconvention.com

Interview by Lyndsey Winship

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