justDANCE! Funky Sophistication

Sophistifunk
Words by Hasan Hamze
Photography by Adam Luk

Can you give us a little background on SF?
Katrina: We’re a dance group that has been together for about 8 months. My cousin Christina and I brought together most girls from freshgroove and we decided to form a group for World Hip-Hop. We then decided to do our own thing independently under the name Sophistifunk
What kind of dance do you girls do?
Katrina: We’re more of a hip-hop group but we sometimes step out of the hip-hop box and do some contemporary hip-hop as well.
Do you think fashion and dance relate to each other? How so?
Katrina: I think just like there’s different fads or styles of hip-hop, I say it’s the same thing with fashion.
Camisha: I think fashion and dance are related because when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, it comes out through your dancing. When you know you have a dope costume it naturally projects through your dancing because it’s like a boost of self-confidence
How close are you girls together?
Jennielyn: We are SO close, like basically we will go to the bathroom together (laughs).
Katrina: I think we’re very close cause most of us girls grew up together and we’ve known each other for at least five years. We usually go to each other’s houses and have potluck dinners and watch movies and such.
Joy: Recently, Katrina, Christina and I went to Vegas to watch the Worlds Hip-Hop Competition. We’re all really close to the point that we can all live together for a long time and not get bored of each other. Although am new to the group, I feel that our chemistry is great and we bond very well together and that of course translates into good dance chemistry.
Kristine: When our audience watches us, they clearly see our chemistry and how close we are. We do not even have to try to show it, people just see the way we dance together. We’re so close together that we do not even use a mirror when we rehearse, because we know each other very well and our sense of style
How do you find time to balance between your other responsibilities in life, like school and work, with your dedication to dance?
Katrina: A good majority of our crew is part of other dance groups and we have a lot of things going on in our lives. Most of us are also in school full time. We always find the time to get together and choreograph our own style, we teach it to each other and learn from each other because we love dancing.
What makes your crew stand out?
Katrina: Our style makes us stand out, we do really funky hip-hop (hence the name sophistiFUNK). We’re not a typical girl group that does booty shaking for example and you’ll rarely see us dancing sexy style but yet we dance a classy hip hop style.
Joy: Another thing that makes us stand out is our versatility. I know a lot of all girl crews out that there are recognized for one style that they do, for example girly dancing, and that’s what they become known for. Our crew has a wide variety of dancers that can do other dance styles as well such as contemporary, break-dance, hip-hop. As a crew together, I think we are very versatile and that’s what makes us stand out
What do you think the advantages are of being an all girl group?
Joy: We have sex appeal but we use it in a very classy way hence the name sophistifunk and we definitely use that as an advantage but we can also do hard-hitting stuff as well. We can also do girly style unlike the all-male groups that can’t really do that while we can do their hard-hitting style.
Katrina: We get props just because we’re all girls but at the same time we want to prove that we are a good crew not just because we’re all girl s but we can dance as well.
Which is the most memorable competition for you?
Jennielyn: Our first one, which was the World Hip-Hop preliminary. We didn’t make it through but it was a good experience because when it was crunch time, everyone focused and worked together. Its very hard to explain the feeling but you can tell that everyone put a lot of effort because its what we love to do and it was just a lot of fun.
What is the one competition that you really wanted to win?
Katrina: There was always one competition that we were a part of, other than that we’ve done performances. It was World Hip-Hop preliminary that we wanted to win real badly but other than that I don’t think it was about the winning. It was always more about us bringing ourselves out there and showing what we got. We did it all on our own we only had a few people help us with the choreography but other than that it was just our piece, what we envisioned.
Do you guys have any goals for winning a competition in the future?
Xandrei: Our main goal is to basically compete again at World Hip-Hop and to try to make it there.
Joy: We do want to compete and stuff but we’re also focusing on getting our name out there and growing together as a group.
You guys have an upcoming fundraiser performance at Gossip nightclub, do you guys do stuff like that often?
Katrina: No it doesn’t happen very often because there are only six of us in the crew that are of legal age. Performances like that help us get by since they are paid gigs and we’re an independent group, so its basically easy money.
Jennielyn: There are some clubs that say it was okay for the minors to be involved but they would have to leave right after the performance, so it does give us an opportunity to do more club gigs.
What do you think is lacking from competitions these days?
Joy: Originality, definitely. You see a lot of biting from the US, the bay area style, which has been the craze lately.
Katrina: What Joy was trying to say is that hip-hop is losing it’s meaning because most people are just into choreographing and looking alike.
Camisha: People don’t take as many risks as they should because people don’t step outside of their boundaries and hence they start to look like someone else. If they were to experiment more they could really find that they can push their boundaries far out and not end up looking like biters. Some people also do not have an appreciation for hip-hop being a lifestyle.
Kristine: A lot of people say they are hip-hop dancers, but many don’t even know the basics and fundamentals of hip-hop, they don’t know the history of hip-hop but yet they call themselves hip-hop dancers.
How do you guys see the current state of the dance scene in Vancouver?
Kristine: The dance scene in Vancouver is pretty new, and am a b-girl and the break-dance scene is new as well. But nowadays you see younger kids dancing which means that the dance scene is definitely growing and it’s up to us to carry on and help the scene keep growing.
What advice or guidance would you give to the little ones that are just starting their own crew?
Camisha: Its important to have a vision and a clear understanding of what you want to do. If you just start a crew with random people and do things that are not well planned and thought out and you don’t have an understanding of what kind of movement you want to make, then there isn’t any point.
Joy: In addition to what Camisha said, you need to work VERY hard.
Jennielynn: If you want to start a crew then its very important that you do it with people that you care about and have a good time it because you don’t want to dance and feel miserable. Also people that you look up to and that inspire you and in return they also get inspired by you.
Katrina: Make sure you start a crew with people that you can trust, because without trust I don’t think anything can work out.
Amberlynn: You cannot lose sight of what you’re doing. I feel that many people out there try to get into the dance scene for the fame and they lose sight of the fact that dancing is what they love to do. You have to stay true to your heart and keep in mind that you’re not getting better to impress everyone; the only person you have to impress is yourself. If you want to start a crew just make sure its for yourself and don’t let anyone hold you down and don’t put yourself above everyone else, because everyone is chasing the same dream.
What is HYPE?
Camisha: Hype can mean many different things but ultimately it’s about you giving your all at what you love doing and putting every effort you can into that one dream. Hype doesn’t have to be about dancing, and it has no boundaries or limits, you can do anything you put your heart into.
Joy: Something that a person does which is original, fresh and exciting.
Katrina: It’s a feeling, almost like the adrenaline you get when you perform.
Jennielyn: Also the kind of feeling you get after a performance that went by in a blast because you gave it your all.
Amberlynn: It’s that certain high you get out of putting full effort into something.
Debbie: Theres a flame inside you that starts small when you get on the stage but grows bigger when you start performing and then it dies down after the performance. The smoke coming from the dead flame is the reflection moment when you assess your performance and you feel good. Hype is feeling good about yourself and giving it all you got.
Xandrei: The feeling you get from doing what you love doing due to the excitement generated.Can you give us a little background on SF?
Katrina: We’re a dance group that has been together for about 8 months. My cousin Christina and I brought together most girls from freshgroove and we decided to form a group for World Hip-Hop. We then decided to do our own thing independently under the name Sophistifunk
What kind of dance do you girls do?
Katrina: We’re more of a hip-hop group but we sometimes step out of the hip-hop box and do some contemporary hip-hop as well.
Do you think fashion and dance relate to each other? How so?
Katrina: I think just like there’s different fads or styles of hip-hop, I say it’s the same thing with fashion.
Camisha: I think fashion and dance are related because when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, it comes out through your dancing. When you know you have a dope costume it naturally projects through your dancing because it’s like a boost of self-confidence
How close are you girls together?
Jennielyn: We are SO close, like basically we will go to the bathroom together (laughs).
Katrina: I think we’re very close cause most of us girls grew up together and we’ve known each other for at least five years. We usually go to each other’s houses and have potluck dinners and watch movies and such.
Joy: Recently, Katrina, Christina and I went to Vegas to watch the Worlds Hip-Hop Competition. We’re all really close to the point that we can all live together for a long time and not get bored of each other. Although am new to the group, I feel that our chemistry is great and we bond very well together and that of course translates into good dance chemistry.
Kristine: When our audience watches us, they clearly see our chemistry and how close we are. We do not even have to try to show it, people just see the way we dance together. We’re so close together that we do not even use a mirror when we rehearse, because we know each other very well and our sense of style
How do you find time to balance between your other responsibilities in life, like school and work, with your dedication to dance?
Katrina: A good majority of our crew is part of other dance groups and we have a lot of things going on in our lives. Most of us are also in school full time. We always find the time to get together and choreograph our own style, we teach it to each other and learn from each other because we love dancing.
What makes your crew stand out?
Katrina: Our style makes us stand out, we do really funky hip-hop (hence the name sophistiFUNK). We’re not a typical girl group that does booty shaking for example and you’ll rarely see us dancing sexy style but yet we dance a classy hip hop style.
Joy: Another thing that makes us stand out is our versatility. I know a lot of all girl crews out that there are recognized for one style that they do, for example girly dancing, and that’s what they become known for. Our crew has a wide variety of dancers that can do other dance styles as well such as contemporary, break-dance, hip-hop. As a crew together, I think we are very versatile and that’s what makes us stand out
What do you think the advantages are of being an all girl group?
Joy: We have sex appeal but we use it in a very classy way hence the name sophistifunk and we definitely use that as an advantage but we can also do hard-hitting stuff as well. We can also do girly style unlike the all-male groups that can’t really do that while we can do their hard-hitting style.
Katrina: We get props just because we’re all girls but at the same time we want to prove that we are a good crew not just because we’re all girl s but we can dance as well.
Which is the most memorable competition for you?
Jennielyn: Our first one, which was the World Hip-Hop preliminary. We didn’t make it through but it was a good experience because when it was crunch time, everyone focused and worked together. Its very hard to explain the feeling but you can tell that everyone put a lot of effort because its what we love to do and it was just a lot of fun.
What is the one competition that you really wanted to win?
Katrina: There was always one competition that we were a part of, other than that we’ve done performances. It was World Hip-Hop preliminary that we wanted to win real badly but other than that I don’t think it was about the winning. It was always more about us bringing ourselves out there and showing what we got. We did it all on our own we only had a few people help us with the choreography but other than that it was just our piece, what we envisioned.
Do you guys have any goals for winning a competition in the future?
Xandrei: Our main goal is to basically compete again at World Hip-Hop and to try to make it there.
Joy: We do want to compete and stuff but we’re also focusing on getting our name out there and growing together as a group.
You guys have an upcoming fundraiser performance at Gossip nightclub, do you guys do stuff like that often?
Katrina: No it doesn’t happen very often because there are only six of us in the crew that are of legal age. Performances like that help us get by since they are paid gigs and we’re an independent group, so its basically easy money.
Jennielyn: There are some clubs that say it was okay for the minors to be involved but they would have to leave right after the performance, so it does give us an opportunity to do more club gigs.
What do you think is lacking from competitions these days?
Joy: Originality, definitely. You see a lot of biting from the US, the bay area style, which has been the craze lately.
Katrina: What Joy was trying to say is that hip-hop is losing it’s meaning because most people are just into choreographing and looking alike.
Camisha: People don’t take as many risks as they should because people don’t step outside of their boundaries and hence they start to look like someone else. If they were to experiment more they could really find that they can push their boundaries far out and not end up looking like biters. Some people also do not have an appreciation for hip-hop being a lifestyle.
Kristine: A lot of people say they are hip-hop dancers, but many don’t even know the basics and fundamentals of hip-hop, they don’t know the history of hip-hop but yet they call themselves hip-hop dancers.
How do you guys see the current state of the dance scene in Vancouver?
Kristine: The dance scene in Vancouver is pretty new, and am a b-girl and the break-dance scene is new as well. But nowadays you see younger kids dancing which means that the dance scene is definitely growing and it’s up to us to carry on and help the scene keep growing.
What advice or guidance would you give to the little ones that are just starting their own crew?
Camisha: Its important to have a vision and a clear understanding of what you want to do. If you just start a crew with random people and do things that are not well planned and thought out and you don’t have an understanding of what kind of movement you want to make, then there isn’t any point.
Joy: In addition to what Camisha said, you need to work VERY hard.
Jennielynn: If you want to start a crew then its very important that you do it with people that you care about and have a good time it because you don’t want to dance and feel miserable. Also people that you look up to and that inspire you and in return they also get inspired by you.
Katrina: Make sure you start a crew with people that you can trust, because without trust I don’t think anything can work out.
Amberlynn: You cannot lose sight of what you’re doing. I feel that many people out there try to get into the dance scene for the fame and they lose sight of the fact that dancing is what they love to do. You have to stay true to your heart and keep in mind that you’re not getting better to impress everyone; the only person you have to impress is yourself. If you want to start a crew just make sure its for yourself and don’t let anyone hold you down and don’t put yourself above everyone else, because everyone is chasing the same dream.
What is HYPE?
Camisha: Hype can mean many different things but ultimately it’s about you giving your all at what you love doing and putting every effort you can into that one dream. Hype doesn’t have to be about dancing, and it has no boundaries or limits, you can do anything you put your heart into.
Joy: Something that a person does which is original, fresh and exciting.
Katrina: It’s a feeling, almost like the adrenaline you get when you perform.
Jennielyn: Also the kind of feeling you get after a performance that went by in a blast because you gave it your all.
Amberlynn: It’s that certain high you get out of putting full effort into something.
Debbie: Theres a flame inside you that starts small when you get on the stage but grows bigger when you start performing and then it dies down after the performance. The smoke coming from the dead flame is the reflection moment when you assess your performance and you feel good. Hype is feeling good about yourself and giving it all you got.
Xandrei: The feeling you get from doing what you love doing due to the excitement generated. Can you give us a little background on SF?
Katrina: We’re a dance group that has been together for about 8 months. My cousin Christina and I brought together most girls from freshgroove and we decided to form a group for World Hip-Hop. We then decided to do our own thing independently under the name Sophistifunk
What kind of dance do you girls do?
Katrina: We’re more of a hip-hop group but we sometimes step out of the hip-hop box and do some contemporary hip-hop as well.
Do you think fashion and dance relate to each other? How so?
Katrina: I think just like there’s different fads or styles of hip-hop, I say it’s the same thing with fashion.
Camisha: I think fashion and dance are related because when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, it comes out through your dancing. When you know you have a dope costume it naturally projects through your dancing because it’s like a boost of self-confidence
How close are you girls together?
Jennielyn: We are SO close, like basically we will go to the bathroom together (laughs).
Katrina: I think we’re very close cause most of us girls grew up together and we’ve known each other for at least five years. We usually go to each other’s houses and have potluck dinners and watch movies and such.
Joy: Recently, Katrina, Christina and I went to Vegas to watch the Worlds Hip-Hop Competition. We’re all really close to the point that we can all live together for a long time and not get bored of each other. Although am new to the group, I feel that our chemistry is great and we bond very well together and that of course translates into good dance chemistry.
Kristine: When our audience watches us, they clearly see our chemistry and how close we are. We do not even have to try to show it, people just see the way we dance together. We’re so close together that we do not even use a mirror when we rehearse, because we know each other very well and our sense of style
How do you find time to balance between your other responsibilities in life, like school and work, with your dedication to dance?
Katrina: A good majority of our crew is part of other dance groups and we have a lot of things going on in our lives. Most of us are also in school full time. We always find the time to get together and choreograph our own style, we teach it to each other and learn from each other because we love dancing.
What makes your crew stand out?
Katrina: Our style makes us stand out, we do really funky hip-hop (hence the name sophistiFUNK). We’re not a typical girl group that does booty shaking for example and you’ll rarely see us dancing sexy style but yet we dance a classy hip hop style.
Joy: Another thing that makes us stand out is our versatility. I know a lot of all girl crews out that there are recognized for one style that they do, for example girly dancing, and that’s what they become known for. Our crew has a wide variety of dancers that can do other dance styles as well such as contemporary, break-dance, hip-hop. As a crew together, I think we are very versatile and that’s what makes us stand out
What do you think the advantages are of being an all girl group?
Joy: We have sex appeal but we use it in a very classy way hence the name sophistifunk and we definitely use that as an advantage but we can also do hard-hitting stuff as well. We can also do girly style unlike the all-male groups that can’t really do that while we can do their hard-hitting style.
Katrina: We get props just because we’re all girls but at the same time we want to prove that we are a good crew not just because we’re all girl s but we can dance as well.
Which is the most memorable competition for you?
Jennielyn: Our first one, which was the World Hip-Hop preliminary. We didn’t make it through but it was a good experience because when it was crunch time, everyone focused and worked together. Its very hard to explain the feeling but you can tell that everyone put a lot of effort because its what we love to do and it was just a lot of fun.
What is the one competition that you really wanted to win?
Katrina: There was always one competition that we were a part of, other than that we’ve done performances. It was World Hip-Hop preliminary that we wanted to win real badly but other than that I don’t think it was about the winning. It was always more about us bringing ourselves out there and showing what we got. We did it all on our own we only had a few people help us with the choreography but other than that it was just our piece, what we envisioned.
Do you guys have any goals for winning a competition in the future?
Xandrei: Our main goal is to basically compete again at World Hip-Hop and to try to make it there.
Joy: We do want to compete and stuff but we’re also focusing on getting our name out there and growing together as a group.
You guys have an upcoming fundraiser performance at Gossip nightclub, do you guys do stuff like that often?
Katrina: No it doesn’t happen very often because there are only six of us in the crew that are of legal age. Performances like that help us get by since they are paid gigs and we’re an independent group, so its basically easy money.
Jennielyn: There are some clubs that say it was okay for the minors to be involved but they would have to leave right after the performance, so it does give us an opportunity to do more club gigs.
What do you think is lacking from competitions these days?
Joy: Originality, definitely. You see a lot of biting from the US, the bay area style, which has been the craze lately.
Katrina: What Joy was trying to say is that hip-hop is losing it’s meaning because most people are just into choreographing and looking alike.
Camisha: People don’t take as many risks as they should because people don’t step outside of their boundaries and hence they start to look like someone else. If they were to experiment more they could really find that they can push their boundaries far out and not end up looking like biters. Some people also do not have an appreciation for hip-hop being a lifestyle.
Kristine: A lot of people say they are hip-hop dancers, but many don’t even know the basics and fundamentals of hip-hop, they don’t know the history of hip-hop but yet they call themselves hip-hop dancers.
How do you guys see the current state of the dance scene in Vancouver?
Kristine: The dance scene in Vancouver is pretty new, and am a b-girl and the break-dance scene is new as well. But nowadays you see younger kids dancing which means that the dance scene is definitely growing and it’s up to us to carry on and help the scene keep growing.
What advice or guidance would you give to the little ones that are just starting their own crew?
Camisha: Its important to have a vision and a clear understanding of what you want to do. If you just start a crew with random people and do things that are not well planned and thought out and you don’t have an understanding of what kind of movement you want to make, then there isn’t any point.
Joy: In addition to what Camisha said, you need to work VERY hard.
Jennielynn: If you want to start a crew then its very important that you do it with people that you care about and have a good time it because you don’t want to dance and feel miserable. Also people that you look up to and that inspire you and in return they also get inspired by you.
Katrina: Make sure you start a crew with people that you can trust, because without trust I don’t think anything can work out.
Amberlynn: You cannot lose sight of what you’re doing. I feel that many people out there try to get into the dance scene for the fame and they lose sight of the fact that dancing is what they love to do. You have to stay true to your heart and keep in mind that you’re not getting better to impress everyone; the only person you have to impress is yourself. If you want to start a crew just make sure its for yourself and don’t let anyone hold you down and don’t put yourself above everyone else, because everyone is chasing the same dream.
What is HYPE?
Camisha: Hype can mean many different things but ultimately it’s about you giving your all at what you love doing and putting every effort you can into that one dream. Hype doesn’t have to be about dancing, and it has no boundaries or limits, you can do anything you put your heart into.
Joy: Something that a person does which is original, fresh and exciting.
Katrina: It’s a feeling, almost like the adrenaline you get when you perform.
Jennielyn: Also the kind of feeling you get after a performance that went by in a blast because you gave it your all.
Amberlynn: It’s that certain high you get out of putting full effort into something.
Debbie: Theres a flame inside you that starts small when you get on the stage but grows bigger when you start performing and then it dies down after the performance. The smoke coming from the dead flame is the reflection moment when you assess your performance and you feel good. Hype is feeling good about yourself and giving it all you got.

Xandrei: The feeling you get from doing what you love doing due to the excitement generated.

justalilhype! got the chance to chat with the Sophistifunk girls which includes Camisha Kuang, Joy Moreno, Kristine Cantuba, Jennielynn Pamintuan, Amberlynn Dauz, Debbie Chan, and Xandrei Vergera; not present for the interview were Christina Caparas, Camille Corcuera, Menelaine Valencia, and Soukaina Veloso. These girls talks about the style of dance that their crew strive for and how friendship and dancing is interrelated.

Can you give us a little background on SF?

Katrina: We’re a dance group that has been together for about 8 months. My cousin Christina and I brought together most girls from freshgroove and we decided to form a group for World Hip-Hop. We then decided to do our own thing independently under the name Sophistifunk.

What kind of dance do you girls do?

Katrina: We’re more of a hip-hop group but we sometimes step out of the hip-hop box and do some contemporary hip-hop as well.

Do you think fashion and dance relate to each other? How so?

Katrina: I think just like there’s different fads or styles of hip-hop, I say it’s the same thing with fashion.

Camisha: I think fashion and dance are related because when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, it comes out through your dancing. When you know you have a dope costume it naturally projects through your dancing because it’s like a boost of self-confidence

How close are you girls together?

Jennielyn: We are SO close, like basically we will go to the bathroom together (laughs).

Katrina: I think we’re very close cause most of us girls grew up together and we’ve known each other for at least five years. We usually go to each other’s houses and have potluck dinners and watch movies and such.

Joy: Recently, Katrina, Christina and I went to Vegas to watch the Worlds Hip-Hop Competition. We’re all really close to the point that we can all live together for a long time and not get bored of each other. Although am new to the group, I feel that our chemistry is great and we bond very well together and that of course translates into good dance chemistry.

Kristine: When our audience watches us, they clearly see our chemistry and how close we are. We do not even have to try to show it, people just see the way we dance together. We’re so close together that we do not even use a mirror when we rehearse, because we know each other very well and our sense of style

How do you find time to balance between your other responsibilities in life, like school and work, with your dedication to dance?

Katrina: A good majority of our crew is part of other dance groups and we have a lot of things going on in our lives. Most of us are also in school full time. We always find the time to get together and choreograph our own style, we teach it to each other and learn from each other because we love dancing.

What makes your crew stand out?

Katrina: Our style makes us stand out, we do really funky hip-hop (hence the name sophistiFUNK). We’re not a typical girl group that does booty shaking for example and you’ll rarely see us dancing sexy style but yet we dance a classy hip hop style.

Joy: Another thing that makes us stand out is our versatility. I know a lot of all girl crews out that there are recognized for one style that they do, for example girly dancing, and that’s what they become known for. Our crew has a wide variety of dancers that can do other dance styles as well such as contemporary, break-dance, hip-hop. As a crew together, I think we are very versatile and that’s what makes us stand out

What do you think the advantages are of being an all girl group?

Joy: We have sex appeal but we use it in a very classy way hence the name sophistifunk and we definitely use that as an advantage but we can also do hard-hitting stuff as well. We can also do girly style unlike the all-male groups that can’t really do that while we can do their hard-hitting style.

Katrina: We get props just because we’re all girls but at the same time we want to prove that we are a good crew not just because we’re all girl s but we can dance as well.

Which is the most memorable competition for you?

Jennielyn: Our first one, which was the World Hip-Hop preliminary. We didn’t make it through but it was a good experience because when it was crunch time, everyone focused and worked together. Its very hard to explain the feeling but you can tell that everyone put a lot of effort because its what we love to do and it was just a lot of fun.

What is the one competition that you really wanted to win?

Katrina: There was always one competition that we were a part of, other than that we’ve done performances. It was World Hip-Hop preliminary that we wanted to win real badly but other than that I don’t think it was about the winning. It was always more about us bringing ourselves out there and showing what we got. We did it all on our own we only had a few people help us with the choreography but other than that it was just our piece, what we envisioned.

Do you guys have any goals for winning a competition in the future?

Xandrei: Our main goal is to basically compete again at World Hip-Hop and to try to make it there.

Joy: We do want to compete and stuff but we’re also focusing on getting our name out there and growing together as a group.

You guys have an upcoming fundraiser performance at Gossip nightclub, do you guys do stuff like that often?

Katrina: No it doesn’t happen very often because there are only six of us in the crew that are of legal age. Performances like that help us get by since they are paid gigs and we’re an independent group, so its basically easy money.

Jennielyn: There are some clubs that say it was okay for the minors to be involved but they would have to leave right after the performance, so it does give us an opportunity to do more club gigs.

What do you think is lacking from competitions these days?

Joy: Originality, definitely. You see a lot of biting from the US, the bay area style, which has been the craze lately.

Katrina: What Joy was trying to say is that hip-hop is losing it’s meaning because most people are just into choreographing and looking alike.

Camisha: People don’t take as many risks as they should because people don’t step outside of their boundaries and hence they start to look like someone else. If they were to experiment more they could really find that they can push their boundaries far out and not end up looking like biters. Some people also do not have an appreciation for hip-hop being a lifestyle.

Kristine: A lot of people say they are hip-hop dancers, but many don’t even know the basics and fundamentals of hip-hop, they don’t know the history of hip-hop but yet they call themselves hip-hop dancers.

How do you guys see the current state of the dance scene in Vancouver?

Kristine: The dance scene in Vancouver is pretty new, and am a b-girl and the break-dance scene is new as well. But nowadays you see younger kids dancing which means that the dance scene is definitely growing and it’s up to us to carry on and help the scene keep growing.

What advice or guidance would you give to the little ones that are just starting their own crew?

Camisha: Its important to have a vision and a clear understanding of what you want to do. If you just start a crew with random people and do things that are not well planned and thought out and you don’t have an understanding of what kind of movement you want to make, then there isn’t any point.

Joy: In addition to what Camisha said, you need to work VERY hard.

Jennielynn: If you want to start a crew then its very important that you do it with people that you care about and have a good time it because you don’t want to dance and feel miserable. Also people that you look up to and that inspire you and in return they also get inspired by you.

Katrina: Make sure you start a crew with people that you can trust, because without trust I don’t think anything can work out.

Amberlynn: You cannot lose sight of what you’re doing. I feel that many people out there try to get into the dance scene for the fame and they lose sight of the fact that dancing is what they love to do. You have to stay true to your heart and keep in mind that you’re not getting better to impress everyone; the only person you have to impress is yourself. If you want to start a crew just make sure its for yourself and don’t let anyone hold you down and don’t put yourself above everyone else, because everyone is chasing the same dream.

What is HYPE?

Camisha: Hype can mean many different things but ultimately it’s about you giving your all at what you love doing and putting every effort you can into that one dream. Hype doesn’t have to be about dancing, and it has no boundaries or limits, you can do anything you put your heart into.

Joy: Something that a person does which is original, fresh and exciting.

Katrina: It’s a feeling, almost like the adrenaline you get when you perform.

Jennielyn: Also the kind of feeling you get after a performance that went by in a blast because you gave it your all.

Amberlynn: It’s that certain high you get out of putting full effort into something.

Debbie: Theres a flame inside you that starts small when you get on the stage but grows bigger when you start performing and then it dies down after the performance. The smoke coming from the dead flame is the reflection moment when you assess your performance and you feel good. Hype is feeling good about yourself and giving it all you got.

Xandrei: The feeling you get from doing what you love doing due to the excitement generated.