Friday, August 5, 2011

Bust-a-move!

Striking a pose
 They call themselves the Santa Monica Pier Breakdancers and in their introduction to the public they said that they have been doing this for about 10 years and based on what I've seen I believe them. It was very clear that these guys are skilled professionals that are not afraid to put their bodies on the line to deliver a great performance.

   It was a very entertaining street show, probably one of the best I have seen to date.  Once they set up their little orange cones to form the boundary they leaped right into action with a very impressive array of flips, handstands, windmills, and plenty of other wild acrobatics that really had the crowd pumped.  There was even a portion toward the end which they labeled the "grand finale"
Some windmills
where they asked the parents to volunteer any children that they "didn't want".  It was hilarious because the first kid that stepped up was extremely shy (or perhaps frightened of what was going to happen)  and kept trying to run off.  Eventually, they managed to get him to stay and help him dance by way of human puppeteering.  The next kid was the complete opposite.  He couldn't wait to put on his own little show, immediately stomping out his little running-man dance and even went as far as to spin on the ground using one knee.
That kid got skillz!
Not bad for a kid, judging by their t-shirts it was a group of children on a field trip from the Boy's Club.  Unfortunately, there was a point in the performance where the speakers cut out, so the dancers were forced to continue without the beat of the music to drive them.  However, they recovered quite nicely by having the audience clap a bring in a new beat so they could move forward to the new rhythm created by the crowd.  They even used the incident as an opportunity to request more donations saying they could use the money to purchase a new sound system.  It seemed to me that they had a pretty decent payday.  Several people chipped in $10 bills which they announced each time proclaiming thanks to "the rich white lady" and other clever anecdotes.  Singles poured in as well from every angle as they each passed through with a collection bucket and a smile for every donation. I would guesstimate at least $60-$80..not bad at all for a 15-minute workout.

The crew

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