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Project Soul is a collective of dance artists that have come together to spread their love for the art of street dance. Each member has studied with the original creators of their dance specialty, devoting themselves to sharing their passion for these art forms and learning the history. Their mission is to bring the culture of street dance to a more accessible platform.

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Project Soul has performance pieces in our repertoire that are pre-CHOREOGRAPHED ranging from 5 - 45 minutes in length. Please ask and we will be able to provide you with a copy of our work to see if it is suitable for your event. We are also able to do small modifications to our repertoire pieces in order to suit the needs of your event’s theme. Please inquire for more information.

Project Soul has performance pieces in our repertoire that are pre-CHOREOGRAPHED ranging from 5 - 45 minutes in length. Please ask and we will be able to provide you with a copy of our work to see if it is suitable for your event. We are also able to do small modifications to our repertoire pieces in order to suit the needs of your event’s theme. Please inquire for more information.

Looking for a personalized CUSTOM dance piece to entertain your crowd. We can work together with you to design a suitable piece for your event from length of piece, to number of dancers, to choosing suitable music or sound for us to customize choreography to build a piece perfect for your needs and event. Just contact us to get started.

Want some eye-catching, dynamic, exciting entertainment for your event? We can provide an organized FREESTYLE performance with Vancouver’s finest street dancers. All of our dancers are professionals that are recognized on the world stage. Please inquire for more information.

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CLIENTS COME FIRST

Assessing client’s needs by communicating back and forth creating reasonable goals. Working with the client on bringing their ideas to life with the theme for the event.

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CREATION

Creating a storyboard that fulfills clients expectations. Using our professional expertise to help the client choose a suitable soundscape, lighting, costume looks in order to create the perfect environment and story for the event.

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ARTISTIC FLAIR

Performers add their own unique feel and flair to elevate the piece. There is always a moment for the individual artist to add their own freestyle element bringing the artistry of dance.

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FINAL STEPS

Showing the client the final product and getting feedback on last minute changes or customization, through reviewing video footage with the client or setting up a live rehearsal viewing.

STYLES

VOGUING

You Can Thank the Drag Queens

Inspired by the glamorous top models of Vogue Magazine, voguing was created by African-American drag queens during the early 1960s. The style arose from Harlem ballrooms, where dance competitions were often held amongst the LGBTQ community.Sass and attitude are key players in Vogue battles. Drag queens would “throw shade” at each other through the art of dance, with the sassiest queen taking the crown.These exaggerated hand movements became signature of the voguing style.

LOCKING

From the Funky Chicken to Locking

Locking was originally created by mistake. Invented by a dancer, Don Campbell, in the late 1960s, Campbell had trouble dancing the moves to very popular dances such as  the “funky chicken” and the “robot shuffle”. While he was performing, he would forget the moves by freezing, or “locking”. The audience finding it quite funny,  would laugh, and to brush it off, Campbell would point at the audience and join them in laughter. Those locks and points would later become the signature moves of the locking style. Don and the original Lockers gained recognition when they performed on the hit show “Soul Train”, and the rest is history!

POPPING

Hit Those Joints

The origins of poppin aren’t clear, however, historians attribute the popularity and expansion of this style to two particular dancers, Sam Solomon, aka “Boogaloo Sam” and his brother, Timothy Salomon, aka “Popin’ Pete”, who started dancing in Fresno, California in the late 1960s. The dance style consists of a fluid “popping” or “hitting” of the joints and muscles, or in Popin’ Pete’s words: “hittin’ your joints, hittin’ hard with your leg, your neck, your head.”

BREAKING

Kung Fu Acrobatics

Breaking pioneers Richard “Crazy legs” Colon and Kenneth “Ken Swift” Gabbert pulled inspiration from singer and dancer James Brown as well as the Kung Fu films to further define this dance style. This explains the acrobatic nature of breaking in dance moves such as the “flare”, in which the performer alternates balancing the torso between either arm while swinging the legs beneath them in continuous circles.

SPOKEN WORD (EMCEE)

Poetry for Performance

Spoken Word is a word-based performance art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. Spoken word is made even more impactful when accompanied with dance.

HIP HOP

More Than a Dance, a Movement

Hip Hop can be traced  back to an underground movement that developed in the South Bronx in the 1970s. It was an artistic way of protesting the impact of legal institutions on minorities, particularly police and prisons. Hip Hop includes a wide range of styles influenced by its original form of breakin’ which was created in the 1970s and popularized party dances from the late 80s and early 90s. This dance was made popular by dance crews in the United States, notably Elite Force and the Mop Tops Crews.

HOUSE

A Blend of Cultures

Originating from the clubs of Chicago and of New York, House is a community based dance. Its movements stem directly from the music and the elements within the music such as jazz, African, Latin, soul, R&B, funk, hip hop, etc. The main elements of House dance include “Footwork“, “Jacking“, and “Lofting”. House is often improvised and emphasizes fast and complex foot-oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso, as well as floor work.

WAACKING

Long Live Disco

Starting in the 1970’s Gay Club Scene of Los Angeles, this dance is derived from Punking and the first dance group was known as the Original Punks. As Punking spread to the straight dance community (such as Locker – Shabba Doo), and as they began to take part, it took on the name ‘Whacking’ and eventually became known as Waacking. The typical music choice for Waacking is 1970’s disco, and the originators were said to have danced to underground disco.

TAP

Become the Beat

Tap is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition.

DANCEHALL

Not Just a Genre, But a Culture

Dancehall – named after dance halls that featured sound systems (deejays) – began in the 1940s in Kingston, Jamaica, when people in the inner city were not able to participate in dances uptown. Rather than a genre of music or style of dance, an entire culture emerged around dancehall, giving movers and shakers a community to showcase their creativity and feel the music. Dancehall inspired many of the hip hop and breakdance moves we see in videos today.