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Vogueing, Krumping and Tai Chi at the Asia Society

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Valerie “Ms. Vee” Ho was one of the choreographers of 'Hip Hop Kung Fu.' Valerie “Ms. Vee” Ho was one of the choreographers of "Hip Hop Kung Fu." (Photo by Linda Gunther)

With today’s weather forecast, you may just be able to get away with singing in the rain. But what about dancing in the streets? Rain or shine, an international ensemble of dancers, drummers and martial artists are set to perform at the Asia Society's "Hip Hop Kung Fu" event on Wednesday.

Wednesday night's mash-up performance, presented by the Asia Society, Dancing in the Streets and the Casita Maria Center for Arts in Education, explores signature styles of hip-hop and martial arts, including Shaolin wushu and tai chi, krumping, vogueing, waacking, locking and freestyle.

Following the world-premiere performance, there will be a Q&A with the event's choreographer and director, Emilio "Buddha Stretch" Austin Jr., and some of the dancers.

Adesola Osakalumi, Valerie “Ms. Vee” Ho and Michele Byrd McPhee worked with Buddha Stretch on "Hip Hop Kung Fu," although only Ms. Vee will be performing.  The performance is part of a larger Dancing in the Streets series called "Hip Hop Generation Next: From the South Bronx to East Asia," presented with the Casita Maria Center for Arts in Education.

"Hip Hop Kung Fu" is free and starts at the Asia Society at 8 P.M. Seating is first come, first served. Reserve tickets will also be held until 7:45 P.M. If you can't make the performance, you can watch it live online.

Check out the video below from the 2010 Max Party 8 Lockin' Battle for a preview of Buddha Stretch’s fancy footwork.

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