Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hammerstep: Road to Lincoln Center

Hammerstep: Road to Lincoln Center
A short documentary covering the lead-up to Hammerstep @ Lincoln Center by S.J.Velasquez..

This is a spectacular tribute to a group of performers that have the vision to connect to multiple cultures and touch the hearts of many, through their music, song, rhythm and dance. They took to the stage in the Lincoln Center, New York last week alongside performers Dave Eggar and Deoro to give an original, fresh and exciting show. As Jason said himself it was as electric for themselves as it was for the audience.

Hammerstep was founded in 2009 by Jason Oremus, Lead Riverdancer from Australia and Garrett Coleman, a two time World Irish Dance Champion, from Pittsburgh PA.The dancers strive to "overcome cultural and socioeconomic difference through a nuanced integration of historically rebellious forms of urban movement," such as tap and Irish dance. Hammerstep integrates Irish step, tap and hip hop dance forms and presents them through cutting edge choreography, lights and sound in a way that reinvents the typical dance show experience for an audience. They have certainly achieved their goal. Looking at their performance you realize that it certainly is something different and ELECTRIC. They WOW'd the mostly standing room only audience......... The lines around the corner that had a sneak peak through the window will have to come back to their next...... not to miss appearance, soon to be announced. Congratulations to S.J. Velasquez for this phenomenal video documentary and look at the behind the scenes footage and preps for the show.

Hammerstep: Road to Lincoln Center from S.J. Velasquez on Vimeo.

What began as a couple of Irish dancing guys touring with Riverdance became a movement that infuses dance forms and crosses cultural boundaries.

Co-founders Jason Oremus and Garrett Coleman, joined by a team of the world's best Irish step, tap and hip hop dancers, debuted their Hammerstep stage show at New York City's famed Lincoln Center in May 2011. Follow the guys behind the scenes to get an inside glimpse of a performance revolution in the making.

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