Walter’s World: Purelements: An Evolution in Dance to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

By Walter Rutledge

In 1981 two crews met for battle at a community center in a Brooklyn housing project. The crews were not battling with guns and knives these crews weapon of choice was break dance moves and hip-hop bravado.Two young men, each on a mission for dance supremacy, battled it out for “street cred” and urban glory. When the music stopped it was a tie and a life long bond was formed.

Now twenty years later break dancers turned professional dancers and choreographers Kevin Joseph and Lakai Worrell have cultivated their innate joy of movement into Purelements: An Evolution of Dance. The two share responsibilities as co- executive/ artistic directors of the company, school and community outreach program. The Brooklyn based organization’s goal is to impact their community through the arts; by sharing the gifts that dance have given them.

Purelements: An Evolution of Dance will celebrate their fifth anniversary this week with two performances on Friday December 4 and Saturday December 5, 7:30 pm at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts located on the downtown campus of Long Island University. The performances will showcase works from the company’s five-year repertoire and will also feature two company premieres, and four world premieres/ works in progress. The dances are examples of the varied and eclectic signature company style, which melds modern, ballet, jazz, spoken word and dance theatre elements.

This rich choreographic tapestry has enthralled audiences since the very beginning. Strong performers, striking production elements and an ever-evolving commitment to community enlightenment have helped Purelements build a loyal following; and the three hundred-seat, state of the art Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts will provide an intimate setting for the company. Tickets are $25 and group purchases are available. Tickets can be purchased at Kumble Box Office and for more information visit www.purelements.org and www.kumbletheatre.org.

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