Bring the Loot #2: Feb 25

The Cypher, Ontologic & Pulse Studio presents:

BRING THE LOOT - Hip-Hop & House Battles

We are hosting a monthly battle to engage the different Hip-Hop & Funk Styles communities (Hip-Hop // House // Locking // Popping // Breaking) by providing a platform for dancers to grow, showcase their talents, and battle.

ONCE A MONTH we will be showcasing a specific dance style with a 1vs1 competition. Competitor entrance fees will be pooled together to make up the prize pot hence BRING THE LOOT!

As the event grows we will be thinking of exciting new ways to challenge the dancers and also the event!

Competitors: $10 each category
Spectators: $5
Beast Machine / Infinity Pass: Free

Location: 
PULSE Studios
2nd Floor 110 10 Ave NW

*INDOOR SHOES REQUIRED FOR BOTH COMPETITORS AND SPECTATORS*

Battle:
Competitors will be judged on Style, Creativity, Musicality, Overall understanding of the Technique and Foundation of the featured art form. 

1 vs 1 Format
Straight Elimination
2 separate categories

Prize:
To enter the battle, all competitors will contribute $10 to the prize pot.

The pot will then be collected and given to the chosen winner. The winner will also be granted the opportunity to be the judge for the next cycle of battles in that particular style. 

SIGN UP:
Click here and sign up on Facebook. 

JUDGES: 
Hip-Hop: Born2Boogie (Jordan Bailey)
House: J-Sik (Jason Owin F. G)

DJS:  
House: Friar Funk (Michael Vasquez)
Hip-Hop: Catfish (Kevin Choo)

For more details or to see how you can be apart of this event, message the Cypher YYC on Facebook or email us at TheCypherYYC@gmail.com

YYC Hustle Workshop Series #5: Atlas & Kayla - Feb 25th

|| TIME ||
7pm-8:30pm 

|| TICKETS ||

$25.00

Get them here.

|| ABOUT HUSTLE || 
Born in the clubs, the Hustle originally emerged from the disco era in New York City. Over time, Hustle grew with different approaches and even had different counts. Today, the Hustle is a 3 counts dance to 4 counts music. Much like Salsa, the Hustle has roots in Mambo but rather than dancing close, the Hustle integrates an ebb and flow type of partner movement; often similar to the feeling in Swing. What is unique about the Hustle is that the music is flexible, appealing to the younger demographic. Similarly, the Hustle has a versatile foundation in technique, allowing street dancers to incorporate their own flavour. This partner dance has bridged different communities together and is now growing rapidly in street dance communities around the world. Hustle is now often danced to modern music in genres such as Hip-Hop, R & B, Funk, House and of course, Disco.

|| ABOUT ATLAS & KAYLA || 

Atlas and Kyla are an award winning performance and competition couple with over 20 years instructional experience in Hustle, Street Swing and Latin Dance. 


Together they’ve traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, on the pro competitive dance circuits, teaching workshops and judging competitions. Together they have danced and judged competitions in Alaska, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver B.C., Portland, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Lake Tahoe, & Los Angeles.

Atlas & Kyla have developed a unique instructional style and learning approach that endeavours to create a fun, carefree, progressive experience for the novice, intermediate and advanced dancer.

Atlas & Kayla

Feb 3 & 4 - Handstand workshop with Kim Ilott

Sunday, February 4 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Registration only $25, register HERE.

Ever wanted to know the secret to perfect handstands? Have you always wanted to try but been afraid to attempt them? This open level workshop is for you!!


This workshop will explore the puzzle pieces that help you find, or level up, your handstands. Learn how to train your hand balancing technique, endurance, and alignment with conditioning exercises on the floor, against the wall, through the space, and in the centre of the room. The main focus will be circus technique, which encourages anatomical stacking and control for efficient, consistent, strong handstands, but creative shapes and transitions inspired by yoga arm balancing asana will also be touched on. To finish, a therapeutic yoga cool down will teach you self-care practices to keep your body healthy and balanced as you take your new-found skills forward.



About the Instructor:
 

Kimberley Ilott’s life balances with one foot in the dance world, the other in yoga, and both hands in circus. She has roots in funk and hip hop, a base of serious, academic contemporary and jazz, and has now blossomed into a free-flying aerial and pole artist. Her choreographic, performance, and yoga practice is dubbed Soul Satisfaction, because it seeks the deep and authentic reflection, expression, connection, and fulfillment that make art and life worthwhile. 

Kim is certified as a handstand trainer through Deflying Fitness of Toronto. She also has completed a BA in Dance (Choreography & Performance Concentration) from U of C, the Professional Training Program at Decidedly Jazz, multiple yoga teacher trainings (200 hour Sattva YTT, 60 hour Air Yogalates Aerial Yoga YTT, 100+ hour Adjuster’s Training at Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre), and has studied in her fields with experts from around the world. She draws from this vast and varied experience in movement while teaching, and enjoys applying knowledge from her current Thai Yoga Therapy Training with Mandorla Yoga Institute (which includes yoga therapy, Ayurveda, Thai massage, and Marma therapy) to awaken awareness, and repattern bodies and minds for optimal efficiency and living.

Feb 17 - Beast Machine perform at DANCE OF THRONES

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Artists Elite International is producing a “World of Dance” inspired event that will be one of the most exciting shows for Calgary audiences.

Who will be crowned YYC’s BEST & take home the $1,000 grand prize?


WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018
5:00pm Pre-Show Entertainment
5:30pm Showtime: Dance of Thrones

WHERE: The Vertigo's Playhouse Theatre at the base of the Calgary Tower

TICKETS: Get them HERE 

***All Proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society***

$20 Before December 15
$25 After December 15
$30 At Door

JAN 21 - BRING THE LOOT: POPPING / LOCKING

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TIME: Sunday, January 21 at 4 PM - 7 PM

LOCATION: Pulse Studios, 110 10 Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2M 0B3

The Cypher, Ontologic & Pulse Studio presents:

BRING THE LOOT - Popping and Locking Battles

We are hosting a monthly battle to engage the different Hip-Hop & Funk Styles communities (Hip-Hop // House // Locking // Popping // Breaking) by providing a platform for dancers to grow, showcase their talents, and battle.

ONCE A MONTH we will be showcasing a specific dance style with a 1vs1 competition. Competitor entrance fees will be pooled together to make up the prize pot hence BRING THE LOOT!

As the event grows we will be thinking of exciting new ways to challenge the dancers and also the event!

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Competitors: $10 each category
Spectators: $5
Beast Machine, Pulse Studios Infinity Pass Holders, Pulse Studios Monthly Unlimited Holders and Pulse Staff: Free

*INDOOR SHOES REQUIRED FOR BOTH COMPETITORS AND SPECTATORS*

Battle:
Competitors will be judged on Style, Creativity, Musicality, Overall understanding of the Technique and Foundation of the featured art form. 

1 vs 1 Format
Straight Elimination
2 separate categories

Prize:
To enter the battle, all competitors will contribute $10 to the prize pot.

The pot will then be collected and given to the chosen winner. The winner will also be granted the opportunity to be the judge for the next cycle of battles in that particular style. 

Sign-ups:
Please Leave a comment with your Name and Alias.

Competitor List:
1V1 POPPING

1v1 LOCKING

JUDGES
Popping: Squidjit (Unknown Elements) 
Locking: Travo

DJS
Catfish (Kevin Choo) 
Friar Funk (Michael Vasquez)

For more details or to see how you can be apart of this event, message The Cypher YYC on Facebook or email us at TheCypherYYC@gmail.com.

Jan 12 - Pulse Studios Roller Skating PARTY!

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DATE: Friday, January 12, 2018

TIME: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Lloyd's Rollersports Centre, 7520 Macleod Trail SE

We all know Lloyd's is closing down but Tara has grabbed the last private booking!

Don't miss your chance to lace up some skates and party with your Pulse Studios and Beast Buddies!!

All Beast parents, friends, siblings, Pulse staff, EVERYONE is welcome to join!

TICKETS: $20 includes rental

Email Tara at Tara@pulsestudios.ca now to purchase your tickets!

Pulse Studios Student Feature: Allie Price

Please meet one of the coolest dancers we have at Pulse! 

If you have not already met Allie Price you can usually catch her in any of Camille's classes – especially Tuesday night Int/Adv Hip Hop and at many of our special workshops! 

Allie is an energetic dynamo who lives her motto - “Live and Give Like a Champion.”   She started her love of Hip Hop Dance in Airdrie, and joined us at Pulse Studios in 2012. 

Allie has always loved Hip Hop music and dancing.  She has progressed through many of our classes including Hip Hop, House, Vogueing and Waacking, Locking and Popping.  Allie has taken it all!  She especially loved attending summer workshops which have featured such greats as ShoTyme and Sean Green. 

Allie loves to show off her skills when she gets a chance – at a club or a dance - she is the one with the moves! Hip Hop dance for Allie fills two goals – fitness and fun.  

But that is not all that Allie devotes herself to. She is also a dedicated athlete and an accomplished golfer.    

This past summer, Allie won a gold medal in the Special Olympics in Golf in Medicine Hat. She also won a Silver medal at the Seattle Special Olympics North American Championships. Allie is excited to have been chosen to travel to Nova Scotia for the Golf Nationals in August 2018.  

On top of being a medal winning Special Olympian, and an accomplished Hip Hop dancer, Allie is also very involved with Cross Fit. She started a team at her local Airdrie Cross Fit Gym to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Canada.  

Congratulations Allie on all your success! We are so proud to have you in our community and want to cheer you on! Thank you for inspiring all of us to Live and Give like a Champion!  

Go Team Allie! 

 

Party at Olga’s house!

Olga Courtnage won the grand prize liquor raffle! Congratulations! Over 400$ worth of liquor and wine including a bottle of scotch worth over 100$. All proceeds went to our Beast Machine fund to help get these dancers to NYC this summer. Want to support these kids in their goals to learn as much as they can about Hip Hop? Contact tara@pulsestudios and we will get you involved!

What is in the water at Pulse?

Our family is getting bigger as three b-ladies are adding some magic to the world! First in September @misschiefrocka and @4usocial brought us Cadence. And then in November @candice8 gave birth to baby Grayson! And now we are waiting for @cchild_ and our newest tiny Beast! 3 babies in 5 months!! Camille has slowed down her teaching as she gets ready for this amazing life shift called parenting! We look forward to welcoming her and baby to our Pulse family! 

Pulse Studios Christmas Party 2017

The Pulse Annual Christmas party was once again a crazy fun success! All of our full year students shared their work so far this year, Beast Machine and Flomatk did their part to entertain the crowd of over 200 people, Team Mayhem performed, and our new friends Atlas and Kyla shared their Hustle skills with us! What a great community we have! Parents and kids enjoyed the photo booth, the craft table, the food from our neighbouring restaurants, and even Santa joined the party and had presents for all the kids at the end of the night! We’re already planning to make the party even better for next year - mark your calendars for December 9, 2018!! See you there!

Check out the photo gallery below to get a feel for what you missed if you couldn’t be there!

THANK YOU!

Wow! What a crazy day! Just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the Pulse Christmas Party! I was amazed and just feel blessed to have so many people involved in what we are doing! :) Thank you to my whole team for all their incredible help, to the teachers who put their love, talent and commitment into all the people of all ages who came through our door. To our students who give so much, allow us to teach them and are so much fun - thank you! To the parents who support their kids, to the guest artists who drop in to inspire and invigorate all of our community, to the Beast Machine who just keep dancing (they had already done a full half hour show earlier in the day)! I love you all and can't tag every single one you <3 ! Finally, to my family and friends who keep me going, keep me laughing and without whose support I couldn't do it - it takes a village and I'm so grateful for my awesome, superhuman village!!

Master organizers and super hero managers: @dawnstarr and @kaylynberg 

Volunteers: @youthcentralyyc 

Hustle dancers: @atlasgriffith

Bboys: @teammayhemyyc

It was a goal of mine to reach out to our neighbors to promote our local businesses and they helped us so much!

Liz @mangomania for donating delicious Panacottas!

Tony @stuffityyc for delicious patties! 

@eatapita and Quesada for all the delicious snacks! 

Check them all out if you are in our neighbourhood!

I love our community! Many thanks and I hope you know you are appreciated!

XOXO Tara

Dec 11-13: Nightly POP UP Classes with Kevin Fraser - Vogueing, Waacking and Dancehall

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Dec 11th at 9:30 PM - Vogue

Dec 12th at 9:30 PM - Waacking

Dec 13th at 8:30 PM - Dancehall

Dec 13th at 9:30 PM - Waacking & Vogue

There is no special registration for POP UP classes. You may drop in to any class or use your INFINITY Pass, 10 class pass or monthly unlimited pass for any POP UP class. Check out our permanent Adult Schedule here

Kevin Fraser

Kevin Fraser is a Jamaican born international Dance Artist, Actor, Event Host, Stylist and Creative Entrepreneur currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. He began his journey in dance at the age of 12. This former House of Dangerkat protegé has performed, instructed and/or competed in: New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Helsinki and throughout China. He has performed with dance companies and collectives such as: House of Dangerkat (NYC), MixMix Dance Collective (Toronto), W&M Physical Theatre (Calgary), Project Soul Productions (Vancouver), Illfx Entertainment (Calgary) and Joy Titan (China). Kevin is well versed in many street dance forms including; vogue, waacking, dancehall, house, pantsula, lofting and hip hop. Kevin has also trained in classical dance forms as a former student of Ryerson University's BFa Performance Dance program. During his time at Ryerson University he trained in: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African, Contemporary Ballet, Improv, Voice, Drama and Musical Theatre. He has worked and trained with International performance/dance artists: Kaiti Dangerkat, Benny Ninja, Archie Burnett, Danielle Polanco, Javier Ninja, Sekou Heru, Brian Green, Vicki St Denys, Nadia Potts, Karen Duplisea and Tyrone Proctor to name a few. Kevin has also been featured in performances for: MTV Canada, Much Music, Universal Records, Mad Decent Records, Major Lazer, Fools Gold Records, Ed Banger Records, New York Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week. He has also begun to cross over into film acting with a lead role in Manifold Pictures short films: "Agophobia", "EDICT", a supporting role in the short film "Waack Revolt" , as well as his most recent film credit, being featured as a dancer for the lifetime special "Britney: Ever After". Kevin is the co founder and co-artistic director mind behind the collective Immigrant Lessons.

Dec 18-22: Nightly Heels POP UP Classes with Saskia

Times are TBA, please check back and take a look at our schedule

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Saskia

Born and raised in Vancouver, Saskia's love affair with dance began with a local RAD ballet class. Years later, and after completing her Solo Seal, she joined The Source Dance Company and spent two years training and performing with them throughout BC before graduating high school.    

Since then, her career credits include working on music videos for K-Os, the Tito Deville Band, Adonis, Wan Ting, Sex with Strangers and Marianas Trench.  Her most recent work includes dancing on ABCs' Big Thunder and Fox Networks' The X-Files, and her live show credits include choreographing and performing for artists such as Meek Mill, Fabolous, Pusha T, 112 and Shy'm.  After moving overseas to dance in Paris' famed Moulin Rouge show, she has also choreographed for the iconic Carrousel de Paris as well as Moulin Rouges' Galette des Rois showcase, where she had the pleasure of setting an original piece on the Moulin Rouge stage and dancers.  As a teacher, she loves helping fellow dancers strengthen their technical bases and watching them grow as they find their own unique brand of sexy.