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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 www.laweekly.com/stage 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 www.OCPAC.org.