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      October 16, 2019

      Wednesday   6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      1030 North Columbia Avenue
      Claremont, California 91711

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      A Presentation of Chicago Footwork: A Spiritual and Liberatory Dance, Featuring Prince Jron

      Prince Jron, Donnetta “LilBit” Jackson and Pause Eddie will give a Chicago footwork demo, followed by an on-stage conversation with ShaDawn Battle and a Q&A.

      Jaron “Prince Jron” Boyd is the founder of HaVoC, one of Chicago’s top footwork battle crews. He is also an original member of and choreographer for the dance ensemble Chicago FootworKINGz, which has been featured on America’s Best Dance Crew and America’s Got Talent, and he has worked with Missy Elliot, Willow Smith, will.i.am, and others. He is a coach for the Homewood-Flossmoor High School club H-F Steppers, helping them earn first place in national competitions.

      Donnetta “LilBit” Jackson is a dynamic and versatile dancer whose skill has brought her international acclaim. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL, where she began dancing at The Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre at the age of 7. At 11 years old, she became one of the original members of the prestigious M.A.D.D. Rhythms tap company and later joined the Chicago footwork group Creation Battle Clique/Creation Global, which led her to the internationally recognized dance ensemble the Chicago FootworKINGz. She was recently a featured dancer for Grammy award winning artistChance The Rapper’s “Sunday Candy” and “Angels” music videos. She has performed internationally and was a performer with Chicago FootworKINGz on season 6 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Respect the dance!!

      Hailing from Chicago, Pause Eddie began dancing at the age of 15 and has not looked back since. Out of options with no where to turn and eager to avoid the violence that plagued his neighborhood, Pause picked up dance as a creative outlet. What began as just a hobby, Pause quickly turned into a full fledged career teaching all over the US in studios such as Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynolds, Millennium Dance Complex, Kreativmndz and Hubbard Street just to name a few. On top of his various teaching credentials, Pause has performed on some of the biggest stages including MTV’s ABDC, America’s Got Talent, World of Dance, Apollo, Mamby On The Beach, PitchFork, and Chance The Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day tour.Always remembering his roots, he constantly gives back to the community by training dancers through his company Creation. Pause has also donated his time to different local programs such as After School Matters, as well as teaching at low income/project areas to help encourage the youth to better their lives. His unwavering drive to keep pushing his art is motivated by his peers, friends and family, and the tragic death of his brother Kendall. Through all the sacrifice and struggle he hopes to show that with drive and positive energy!

      ShaDawn Battle, Ph.D is an assistant professor of English at Wittenberg University whose areas of study include African American literature, Afro-diasporic studies, and hip-hop studies. She is the author of “Singing the ‘Blues’ for Black Male Bodies: Epistemic Violence, ‘Non-Alterity,’ and Black Male Killings” (Making the Case, 2019) and “A Genealogical Interpretation of Plato’s Allegory, Through the Lens of Jay-Z, the Re-Envisioned ‘Philosopher King’” (Black Camera, 2019). Battle’s current research explores Chicago’s footwork culture, nation building, race construction, and the politics of “home.”

      Presented in partnership with Scripps Presents, the Claremont Graduate University Cultural Studies Department and Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Performing Arts

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