Five-Borough Freestyle

1 season, 6 episodes

An exploration of New York’s diverse dance scene.

2015

Culture

Shawn (POBA) Theagene and Justin (Rain) Quinones, founding members of the Bed-Stuy Veterans, a Brooklyn-based dance crew, are at the forefront of the culture of Bruk Up, a style that bridges Jamaican dancehall and hip hop. Music: The "Matlock" theme song, by Dick DeBenedictis, remixed by Marcus Moore, TMP

Culture

Albert (The Ghost) Esquilin, a founding member of the Bed-Stuy Veterans, a Brooklyn-based dance crew, is at the forefront of the culture of Bruk Up, a style that bridges Jamaican dancehall and hip hop.

Culture

Michelle Boulé, a Brooklyn-based contemporary dancer and choreographer, says, “I work with the vocabulary of my own personality and history.” Here, she improvises with the composer and cellist Okkyung Lee in a former warehouse in Brooklyn.

Culture

Khalil (Killa) Williams and Xavier (X) Days are champion bone breakers from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Here, they dance through the bone-white World Trade Center Transportation Hub, in lower Manhattan.

Culture

Martina "Android" Heimann, a Harlem-based popper, freestyles to a summer sunrise on the Roosevelt Island Tram. (Music: Oh Wonder's "Body Gold," remixed by Louis the Child)

Culture

Havoc, a Brooklyn flexer, dances in East Williamsburg at dusk and talks about communicating through movement.