High-Energy Street Dance: Groovaloo's Moving Stories

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Floor show: The Groovaloos head to O.C.

Yes, there is a plot, sort of, and personal stories told à la A Chorus Line about how these individuals came to, and sometimes were salvaged by, dance. But ultimately what makes this 90-minute event compelling are the on-stage moves, a swirl of hip-hop, free style and other street genres. Bradley “Shooz” Rapier conceived the idea for the show, and the dozen-plus cast members — collectively known as the Groovaloos — assembled and intermittently improvised the choreography. The original version premiered in 2005 at Burbank’s Falcon Theater and sold out a 10-week run. Most reviewers found the fact-based stories moving and artfully woven into high-energy, dance-drenched performances. The creative team and dancers workshopped this baby over the following year and returned for another sold-out run in 2007, this time at the larger Luckman Performing Arts Center at Cal State L.A. The cast now heads south for a two-week run that promises more dazzling moves. To see video clips of Groovaloo on Dance Channel TV, go to and click on the dance pick. Samueli Theater, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; Thurs.-Sat., June 5-7 & 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 8 & 15, 3 p.m.; $25 & $40. (714) 556-2787 or

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