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Bboyizm: expressing while still impressing

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
The blurred form of Bboyizm’s ‘Crazy Smooth’ spins through the air above the stage at The Centre while his fellow dancers stay motionless, April 2.

By Chris Marchand

‘Dance to express, not to impress’ is the guiding principle of Ottawa-based dance troupe Bboyizm, an ethos that made itself known during the recent Dryden Entertainment Series presentation, April 2.

While certainly impressive enough, the artists of Bboyizm strike at something deeper in the art of dance – the idea that dance, at its most fundamental level, is a physical expression of joy.

Not exactly a hotbed of urban dance, one is never sure how such a show will be received in the land of 4x4s and gun racks.

Yet, the show derives so much of its accessibility from simply presenting talented people who are doing something they love with people they enjoy being around. Their onstage rapport is disarming and can easily sweep you up for the duration of show — which, at about an hour — didn’t overextend your interest in what was happening on stage.

Bboyizm also did a few sessions working with local elementary students and imparting their wisdom on the world of dance.


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