Thanks to Candace Smith of Booklistonline.com for this review of our film Furious Beauty starring Versa-Style Dance Company: “Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez and Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad are the founders of a Los Angeles dance troupe that elevates hip-hop dance into theatrical performances. Working with underprivileged kids, Lopez and Foaad urge the students to express their emotions, including fear and rage, in their dance routines. In extensive interviews, the teachers share stories of their childhood and talk about the power of dance in their lives. Rehearsal dance sessions capture the young dancers’ energy and vitality. During practice sessions, Lopez fights through a knee injury, and the troupe rallies to support her. On opening night, the dancers—now a cohesive, tightly knit group—put on a powerful performance. Viewers will be blown away by the dancers’ hard work, commitment, and impressive talents.”
Thank you to The Chicago Crusader for this article on our film Furious Beauty. Favorite quote: “[The film] demonstrates how finding one’s community can make all the difference in a life.”
The dancers in my film Furious Beauty are performing another live theatrical hip-hop show on Saturday, April 5th in Los Angeles. The show is also titled “Furious Beauty,” inspired by the movie. This time, Versa-Style Dance Company is performing at the Nate Holden Theater in LA. Info on the flyer! Ticket information can be found at: http://www.itsmyseat.com/ERT/
"Calvin Leung’s upbeat documentary focuses on Los Angeles couple Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad, who run a nonprofit hip-hop dance studio Versa-Style. Dedicated to raising the self-esteem of young dancers, the pair work with a troupe of adolescents and young adults, supplying mentorship and friendship, as well as opportunities for combining self-expression with discipline. Leung takes viewers behind-the-scenes to witness the intricate rehearsals for a new Versa-Style production, one that requires both courage and honesty from the dancers as they explore (through dance) such personal issues as abuse and abandonment. Several dancers offer moving testimony about the impact of Versa-Style on both their confidence and sense of readiness for life in the larger world. Furious Beauty concludes with Leung’s stylish filming of the new show, which indeed provides to be captivating…”
More feedback is coming in on Furious Beauty. Thanks to Mia Jones for sharing her thoughts on the film!
All day traveling through LAX, Chicago O’Hare & Baltimore. And I thought this: millions of people are traveling today. With millions of stories to tell. It’s a beautiful thing. #merrychristmas #happyholidays #furiousbeauty #plixyl #dance #thejourneycontinues (at Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI))
Celebrating the life of our friend Nikos “Waveomatic” Birakos at Homeland. Dancers from all over the world paying tribute to our teacher & mentor who passed away on Dec 23, 2012. Waveo, we will carry on your legacy. #waveomatic #homeland #homelandculturalcenter #dance #hiphop #furiousbeauty #plixyl #thejourneycontinues (at Homeland Cultural Center, Long Beach, CA)
Working on new film “Traces” with Dsoul & Robben Fenderson. Recording voiceovers and rewriting dialogue in the studio. This is the film we shot in NYC while screening “Furious Beauty” there in June 2013. There are many beautiful hip-hop spots in NYC that we visited for this new film. #furiousbeauty #thejourneycontinues #plixyl #film #hiphop #traces #dance (at San Gabriel, CA)