Last month I was invited to Seattle to be a part of the Massive Monkees Day annual event. I was asked to judge the Funk Styles battle (Popping, locking, waacking) alongside Boombeast and Rina (from Vancouver). It was an honour to be part of a Massive Monkees event because I grew up as a b-boy watching that crew in battles like Freestyle Session and B-Boy Summit. They were definite inspirations on what it means to be a crew as well.
I taught some workshops in the Monkee’s own studio, but not on my own. Richie Rich was the guest DJ for the event but we got to teach joint locking classes together. Who would have thought after meeting Richie 10 years ago I would be able to teach along side him. It was a special moment for sure!
The event itself was off the chain. It was mainly a b-boy event but there were some real nice circles for the funk heads too. It’s very cool to see how much the city of Seattle supports streetdance. The Monkees have even been recognized by the mayor of Seattle for all their contributions!
Big shoutout to Nathan “Tic Toc” Washington for the invite and taking care of us while we were in town. Hope to be back at that event in the future!
Here is the Funk Styles judge demo, including the routine Boombeast and I put together. Enjoy!