Break dancing the day away at the Gallery

February 16, 2011 3:49:21 PM PST
An innovative project is offering shoppers in Philadelphia a behind-the scenes look at live dance rehearsals with some of the best dancers in the region.

The Olive Dance Theatre, comprised of some of Philly's best break dancers showed off their head-turning power moves as mall-goers at the Gallery at Market East gathered to watch in awe and appreciation.

"If I was young I might want to do it myself," Katherine Johnson of Philadelphia said.

The city's finest b-boys and b-girls trained with gravity-defying spins, flips, combos, and sustained balances.

"I'm totally mesmerized. This should be in every mall of the country," Karlo Dudley of Philadelphia said.

The event is part of "Dance in Public Places," a new program by Dance/USA Philadelphia.

"There's over a 100 dance companies in Philadelphia, 24 of them decided to move their practices here," Dara Schmoyer of Siegel Artist Management said.

The rehearsals help those watching learn more about the art of dance.

"What I feel is an expression of happiness, freedom, everything that's good in this life," break dancer "Metal" said.

Artistic director Jamie Merwin tells Action News Philadelphia has a very vibrant dance community in many different styles from hip hop and African dance to ballet and Flamenco.

And those dances too wowed mall-goers, immediately following the break dancers.

Various dance companies will be conducting rehearsals on the third floor of the Gallery at Market East all month from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.