Rokafella



Biography

Hip-Hop dancer/choreographer Ana “Rokafella” Garcia was born in Spanish Harlem where she grew up with a strong Latin background.  She participated in school recitals and community events.  At the age of 16 she began going to clubs and started to do back up dancing for singers.

Her Hip-Hop dance style became her bread and butter when she began street performing with such crews such as The Transformers, The Breeze Team, and the New York City Float Committee.  In ‘94 she ran into Kwikstep who urged her to audition for GhettOriginal- a Hip-Hop dance company. As a member, she became further exposed to the “old school” dance technique and history.

After experiencing international appreciation for Hip-Hop, she decided to offer classes back home to prevent it’s fading away.  She has taught workshops at NYU, MIT, UMASS and Howard as well as neighborhood high schools and community centers. The non profit company she co founded with her husband, “Full Circle Prod”, serves the community with educational performances and mentorship programs.

Since the resurgence of breaking, locking and popping in the Hip-Hop mainstream, she’s been featured for her unique ability as a B girl in Fabolous’ “Holla back Youngin” and KRS One’s “Step into a World” rap and the Fox films “Brown Sugar”.  In 1996, she and her husband Kwikstep founded Full Circle Productions- a Bronx based Hip-Hop Dance Theater company to preserve and evolve the cultural value of urban art forms. They presented “Soular Power’d” on Broadway’s New Victory Theater which received rave reviews, and was their Hip-Hop theater directorial debut.

Rokafella co-hosted an Internet radio show called 88 Hip-Hop, where she interviewed pioneers in her Hip-Hop History segment. In the past years singing and rhyming with her band added another layer to her shows, and she had a supporting role in the independent film “On the Outs”.  She wrote the introduction to Martha Cooper’s We B*Girls photo book and has been hired by the US Sate Department as a cultural envoy artist. She has judges Breakin contests in Europe and South America and produced “All The Ladies Say”- a docu/film about B girls.  She believes Hip-hop was born to help urban youth get through the ups and downs of life with something to hold on to.

 

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/12/2014: Words Beats & Life Presents Top Notch – B-boy/B-girl Battle

At 6 p.m., b-boys and b-girls demonstrate their skills in circles and give lessons. Competing for cash prizes, the dance battle’s preliminary rounds begin at 7 p.m. with the final rounds beginning at 8 p.m. The battle, hosted by Silver Spring, Maryland lyricist Trus Real and New York b-boy Kwikstep, includes judges such as hip-hop artist Narumi from Japan, DC area b-boy Toyz aRe Us, and pioneering New York b-girl Rokafella with DJ Fleg and DJ RBI on the turntables. Interested in competing? Registration is at the Kennedy Center in the Grand Foyer beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.  Registration will close promptly at 3:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

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