A partnership with Hip Hop Congress, and Community Street Jams, Ricardo Archila, Ivy Chen, and Chaz Cabonce. Formerly called Enter the Dragon, Live at the Dragon is a community open stage night on select Sunday nights to highlight the talent of all kinds of Bay Area artists. Hip hop, MCs, dance cyphers, and more celebrate the urban arts. But sometimes also romantic musical comedy duets, Miss Redwood City on roller skates, and an actress playing a saw appear in the rotation. See the upcoming dates and sign up for a slot!
Live at the Dragon is going online for a night of online performances. Pay what you can via PayPal (email@example.com) or Venmo (@dragontheatre).
This month’s lineup includes some stellar Bay Area talent performing from home. Join us June 28th at 8p on Twitch!
ALVIN PINEDA, STREET DANCER
Alvin Pieneda started dancing a little later in life at age 27. He was inspired by his college roommate who was a hip hop dancer. Alvin asked him to teach me how to dance and he said no. That basically kick started me to learn all there is about freestyle hip hop dancing. Alvin learned from many great dancers all over the world, in styles such as hip hop, popping, locking, waacking, house, and contemporary.
Part of one of the first West Coast uprocking crews, Forever We Rock. Pugs has helped promote the dance called Rock, Uprock, or Rock Dance by battling, traveling, and teaching. Although he did take a break the last few years but was still prevalent in the dance scene. He came back from a hiatus with a full focus now to further promote the dance to the Bay Area.
JESUS U. BETTAWORK
A popular Peninsula Stand-Up Comic, Jesus U. Bettawork returns to the Dragon with his own brand of comedy. http://jesusubettawork.com
Christopher Childers has worked with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston. He has worked as a Director and Choreographer with Cirque du Soleil, and now has his own entertainment company that produces shows and events.
NIKKI & KARLITA
Nikki has been studying the street styles for over a decade starting with Locking in 2009, Waacking since 2010, and Vogue Femme since 2016. She is a practioner and her ultimate dream is to be a documentarian of all the street styles. Karlita has been involved heavily in the Bay Area street dance community for over 10 years. A Nicaragüense- American born and raised in the Bay Area, she has spread her wings artistically as a performer, competitor, and organizer. She has taught for All The Way Live Foundation’s residencies in Nicaragua and recently Taiwan. In 2015, she served as a Hip Hop cultural diplomat for Next Level where during her travels through East Africa led her to later launch AfroRooted.Throughout her work, Karlita believes dance itself is a borderless art form that solidifies unity and community empowerment both locally and internationally.
JAMAR EARL JAMAL
Jamar Earl Jamal Hopkins, aka JAM, started his 30-year journey of street dance, art ,and HIP HOP CULTURE, in 1989 on the Oakland, California streets. He has travelled extensively to study urban dance styles like Popping, Locking, Bboying, House, and martial arts as he continues to evolve in his ever-growing “TOWNSHIPSOL” style. Jamar is a founding member of bay area dance crew BEATZ “N” PIECES, and has worked with artists such as Outkast, N.E.R.D, and Common. JAM has been featured in music videos, commercials, television shows, and radio shows in both Boston and the Bay Area. He continues to perform and showcase in the Bay Area for a number of Local talents such as Too Short, Hieroglyphics, non-profit organizations All The Way Live, and so many more. Jamar is very committed to his youth empowerment courses he does in various schools, after-school-programs, and dance studios.
Bay Area Native Ralph Montejo “PLIK PLOK” is a Product of the Bay Area dance culture, history and heritage here to share foundational knowledge and experience of dance styles and history as well as entertainment industry + also send words of encouragement to all people partaking in the Global protest movement (and/or best stated to this effect).
Beto “Mooncricket” Lopez is a passionate Bay Area visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, painter, all-style & roller-skate dancer & automobile aficionado. Beto’s passion for his documentary film, “The Bboy Connection,” has taken him all over the United States as well as international destinations.
Hosted by Rahaman Jamal and Barba Mirron.