An opportunity to learn from longtime Hip Hop dancer and Breaking practitioner, Raphael Xavier, in between his performances at the LPCA. Participants in this 1-hour workshop will gather on the LPCA stage to explore how Xavier translates his exceptional approach to breaking into one that works for a stage setting.
Dancers with all levels of experience are invited to participate.
About Raphael Xavier
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Raphael Xavier is a self-taught Hip-Hop dancer and breaking practitioner. Since 1983, Raphael has forged an exceptional approach to improvisation. A self-described Innovative Movement Conceptualist, Xavier creates new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form. He draws not only upon the culture but also his equally important visual background as a Hip Hop magazine photographer and musical artist. As the sound designer for his works, Xavier's understanding of movement and musicality allows him to structure beats, noises and sounds into captivating music that draws upon emotion and coincides with his choreography. His dance works have been performed at REDCAT Los Angeles, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, ART (American Repertory Theatre in Boston), Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC, the Dance Center at Colombia College Chicago and Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA among others.