Top Notch 2016: Breakdance Battle Competition
Top Notch is a breakdance battle competition and party to conclude the annual Words, Beats & Life Teach-In. Presented by Words Beats & Life, the Kennedy Center, and Cloak & Dagger.
In Hip Hop
Play video KAZAXE by Azuka-Bom | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
KAZAXE by Azuka-Bom | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
KAZAXE (Kah-Zah-Shay) creator Azuka-Bom leads a high-intensity routine set to "One Wine" by Machel Montano & Sean Paul ft. Major Lazer. Kazaxé by Azuka-Bom is a local dance fitness company that operates out of Springfield, VA. Bring out the wild (and a lil’ bit of the sexy) in you and dance hard to the rumbling international beats of dancehall, soca, acrobat, and more! Kazaxé isn't just about the dancing, it’s about the tribe, raising vibrations from within ourselves and bursting out to the world together. For more information, visit kazaxe.com. Part of Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, January 1, 2018. Watch the full performance: https://youtu.be/Qf6gshq2nDM Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Shabazz Palaces - "Shine a Light" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
Shabazz Palaces - "Shine a Light" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
Shabazz Palaces is an avant-garde, Seattle-based Hip Hop duo, featuring Digable Planets alumnus Ishmael Butler and Tendai “Baba” Maraire. Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. Part of Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, March 17, 2018. Watch the full performance: https://youtu.be/HlUh0QPfNc4 Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Tap Dance Meets Beatbox - LIVE IMPROV! | Caleb Teicher & Christopher Celiz
Tap Dance Meets Beatbox - LIVE IMPROV! | Caleb Teicher & Christopher Celiz
Critically-acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director Caleb Teicher joined vocalist/beatboxer Christopher Celiz for a completely improvised collaboration on the Millennium Stage. Part of a Pre-Show performance for: National Symphony Orchestra DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents Jon Batiste, Kishi Bashi, and Joachim Horsley Ben Folds curates and hosts this unique “part concert, part party” event that defies the traditional classical music presentation by shining a spotlight on great live music performed by the NSO and special guests in a laid-back and relaxed setting. June 29, 2018 Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra - "These Walls"
Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra - "These Walls"
On October 20, 2015, Kendrick Lamar and the NSO Pops delivered a one-night-only performance at The Kennedy Center featuring some of Lamar's biggest hits and cuts from his lyrical masterpiece “To Pimp a Butterfly”.
Play video Talib Kweli - "Just to Get By" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center (2014)
Talib Kweli - "Just to Get By" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center (2014)
This concert, presented in cooperation with Georgetown University as part of their Faith, Culture, and the Common Good initiative, features artists of diverse faiths—MCs Talib Kweli, Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, The Narcicyst, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo—in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens. The Millennium Stage is a FREE performance series and part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It features a broad spectrum of national and international performing arts companies, from dance and jazz, to chamber music and folk, comedy, storytelling and theater, every day of the year. Performances always begin at 6pm. You can join us in person or visit us online at http://www.kennedy-center.org/millennium/ There, we broadcast each night's performances LIVE as well as make over 2,500 past performances available in our video archives. Watch the full performance here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/videos/?id=M5772 For more information about Talib Kweli, please visit: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=109441&source_type=B
Play video Lil Buck demonstrates the Gangsta Walk
Lil Buck demonstrates the Gangsta Walk
Charles Riley, better known as Lil Buck, performs a street dance called the Gangsta Walk that originated in Memphis, Tennessee alongside the emergence of "Buck" music in the 1990's. This performance was part of DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Heroes, a night of artists coming together to pay tribute to their artistic inspirations. "For this DEMO we are celebrating our heroes, those who inspire us, the shoulders we all stand upon, and thinking about the idea of heroism in all our lives. DEMO: Heroes will be a roll call of gratitude, with extraordinary artists paying homage through their performances to their inspirations." --Damian Woetzel Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb