Vancouver's Top Dance Crews Take Over the Vogue Theatre with 604 DELITE
604 Delite contained theatrical elements and entertaining narratives that pushed the boundaries of traditional dance performances. On Sunday at the Vogue Theatre Vancouver’s top dance crews received a standing ovation for their flawless performances. Although the crews within this showcase are often travelling and gaining recognition on an international level, they felt it was important to come together for the sake of building community.
Over The Influence was a central dance crew of this showcase. In the first half of the show, they became ninjas, representing fire, earth, water and air. They covered numerous urban dance genres that were seamlessly blended over Wu-tang samples and house music. In the second half of the show, they covered thirty years of Hip-Hop history in about fifteen minutes. These pieces are discussed further in the VO’s interview with Over the Influence.
The Groovy G’s stood out, in terms of originality. This dance crew, who exclusively focuses on popping, became geriatric old men. Their costumes included canes, slacks, grandpa sweaters and convincing stage make-up. The Groovy G’s were completely committed to their characters. Their performance demonstrated the mastery of their specialization.
Stonefoxx displayed the essence of their all female dance crew by becoming sassy football players. Their hard-hitting performance exemplified their ability to combine female energy with the rugged qualities of masculinity. Now or Never created a break-dance boot camp skit that was comedic and cohesive. Their performance made extremely complex break-dance moves seem effortless.
Jojo Zolina of Over the Influence explained the importance of 604 Delite, “It’s about building a culture in our city, instead of looking at the United States or Europe. All those people are looking at us and they appreciate us, a lot. I think that 604 Delite can build culture and community. It is important to know what we have here, so that we can appreciate each other.”