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An unchoreographed competition brought extremely talented dancers to the Big Easy and BOSSIP could attest to that.
New Orleans was the host city for the US National #RedBullDanceYourStyle Finals and after round after round of the all-style street dance competition, David ‘The Crown’ Stalter claimed victory. As previously reported, The Crown wowed the crowd all the way to first place with his skills ranging from locking to breaking and animating.
Now with this win under their belt, The Crown will go on to represent the USA at the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals.
Before seeing The Crown claim victory, BOSSIP participated in several events that captured the essence of New Orleans.
Here’s just a taste of the Bayou blessings we experienced with #RedBullDanceYourStyle.
#RedBullDanceYourStyle pre-qualifier at the House Of Blues
On Saturday, May 21, the weekend kicked off with a lively pre-final qualifier at House of Blues New Orleans. We saw semi-finalists from Boston, Tampa, Chicago, Washington DC, Oakland and Atlanta take on a roster of world-class dancers in a bracket-style head-to-head tournament for spots in the final competition.
At one point, dancer Nick Fury, a native of New Orleans but specializing in jookin’ from Memphis, pulled out a boombox to compete and he captivated the crowd with his moves.
Obviously, we chatted with Fury about all things dance.
Nick Fury talks about the New Orleans dance scene
Ahead of the finale, Fury spoke to BOSSIP about the misconceptions surrounding his hometown dance scene.
“They don’t know anything about dancers,” said Fury, who also suggested we try Tasted in Kenner, Louisiana for some of his favorite meals. “But I’m glad I had the opportunity to show them that our city has dancers. I have so many different elements of [dance] I know the styles I know and pick them together, but when it comes to me, my base style is Memphis jookin’ specifically.
It’s a beautiful style,” he added. “It’s very sleek and smooth.”
He also talked about how happy dancing brings him. Like several other dancers at the #RedBullDanceYourStyle National Finals, Fury told BOSSIP that when he performs he feels absolute #BlackBoyJoy.
“It gets away from me doing other things, it’s like therapy for me too, I use fighting as therapy,” Fury said. “I can really do what I want, express what I feel, and there’s nothing you can do about it – sit down and listen, and you have to understand.”
He also shared how he spreads the joy of his dancing, especially in the Crescent City. Fury, part of the BraveHearts Dance Crew, participated in NOLA’s traditional tributes and second lines at the funeral. It’s during these types of dark events that Fury says he’s seen his impact affect the mood of those who are grieving.
“I remember doing tributes when people were passing by and if they had a specific type of song [that they liked] I know how to connect with mother or family through this song,” Fury said. “And when I see the emotion on their face and the tears, it puts me on the line with them and I can take it to another level.”
Exclusive #RedBullDanceYourStyle Events in New Orleans
Over the weekend, BOSSIP took part in specially organized experiments. Alongside fellow journalists and dance influencers, we took part in a cooking class, an exclusive dance class, and explored inspiring works of art that captured the city’s history and eclectic vibe.
Cooking class at the NOLA tasting room
Attendees of the #RedBullDanceYourStyle event enjoyed a cooking class at Tasting room. The eclectic wine and cocktail bar offered a one-of-a-kind experience that includes traditional ghost stories and a crawfish race before dining on a mouth-watering mac and cheese roux and other NOLA delights.
“Bounce Back with Tamika” at the Passion Dance Center
Passion Dance Center director Tamika Jett hosted a New Orleans Bounce dance tutorial for the team. The talented terpsichorean who is Big Freedia’s dance director taught a choreographed lesson and showed the crew how to perform NOLA dance moves like the Beanie Weenie and Rock The Boat.
Artistic exploration “Studio Be”
BOSSIP also had the chance to discover Studio Be, the visual warehouse and home of work of local artist, Brandan “Bmike” Odums.
The 35,000 square foot space showcased Bmike’s ‘Ephemeral Eternal’ collection which depicts the stories of New Orleans revolutionaries, heroes and everyday people. The stunning pieces were mostly spray painted and showcased the vibrancy of Bmike’s work.
Sidecar dance party
In addition to exploring the cultural side of NOLA, we were treated to a dance party at the Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar.
The group took advantage of a DJ and danced with TikTok superstars like @LittleDurag @joshkillacky and “Aye Bay Bay” dance creators @yvngflick @jubi2fye and @rony_boyy who mesmerized the crowd with their moves.
Although #RedBullDanceYourStyle USA is over, there’s still a lot to do.
The Crown will participate in the #RedBullDanceYourStyle World Finals
National winner The Crown will compete in the #RedBullDanceYourStyle Word final on December 10 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Are you going to watch?