Third Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival

Gonzalo Saucedo


Revered hip-hop performers from various areas gave a flashy show to the audience at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood on the night of Oct. 2.

The Third Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Festival drew in a crowd of over 1,000 attendees.

J.U.i.C.E. is the organization that put this production together.

J.U.i.C.E., which stands for “Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy,” is a non-profit weekly arts program that seeks to develop its students’ leadership and technical skills, creative expression, and self-confidence through the artistic elements of hip-hop.

“Our mission is to address the root causes of juvenile crime and of the youth’s need for belonging by providing a safe center run by and for young people, focused on skill building in the arts of the hip-hop culture,” J.U.i.C.E. states on its website.

The artistic organization put forth this show to celebrate its 10 years of providing this public service.

Amy “CatfoxCampion is a dance instructor at Cerritos College, an artistic director and choreographer with J.U.i.C.E., and was one of the co-artistic directors for the dance festival.

“If you are here tonight at the J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival, then you’re going to see what hip-hop culture truly is through artistic expression in a celebration with the community,” Campion said before the show.

Different performances included singing, instruments such as trombones and drums, acting, rapping, dee-jaying, storytelling, and of course, an ample amount of dancing.

Both groups and solists, ranging from well-known dee-jays, to local rappers, to dancers from New York City, and even Japan, showcased their talents in a wide assortment of varying styles.

Raul Ortega, a dance major at Cerritos College, was one of the many performers involved in the show.

“What made this event special for me was the fact that I prepared for the show so intensely, and that I would be surrounded by many different talented dancers,” Ortega said after the show.

The entire show was culture-heavy, providing the audience with a mixture of representative performances, old and modern, combing different forums of dance and song to create new and unique creations.

The third act of the show, “Ground Up and Beyond,” revolved around dancer Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, a b-boy from Montreal, Canada born with arthogryposis, a muscle disorder that severely limits motion in the lower body.

“Lazylegz” dances only on his two crutches and his hands.

And Japan’s “World Order Dance Company,” a group of dancers clad in business suits, introduced spectators to its own unique brand of precise synchronized choreography with their performance.

The audience cheered and called out performers’ names in support throughout the course of the event.

The Third Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival concluded with a curtain call in which every performer took the stage and bowed before the applauding crowd.