July 6, 2007


The 1st Annual Breakdance Jam: Breaking in the Park

The San Diego Civic Dance Association & KleenHouse Clothing are collaborating to present their first-ever “Breakdance Event” on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in Balboa Park.

“Breaking in the Park” will offer Breakdance and Popping Classes for 6 year-old through Adult dancers, then an evening “Dance Jam” with the DJ KidRiz and guest performance from legendary DJ Cut Father, and throughout the night Master of Ceremonies B-Boy Don will introduce special performances by Funny Bones, Soul 2 Soul, Pho Bangers, Rockbots and Beatboxer-BeeHive.

There will also be a 2 vs 2 B-Boy Battle ($500 cash prize and KleenHouse Trophy) and 1 vs 1 Popping Battle ($300 cash prize and KleenHouse Trophy) with celebrity judges Rainen, E-Swift, Iceman, Junior Boogaloo, OG Jeckle & BurstRock.

KleenHouse Clothing’s founder, Todd Kiyoshi Tanaka, and Andrea Feier, Dance Specialist for the City of San Diego’s Civic Dance Arts program, came up with the idea for “Breaking in the Park” after meeting and wishing for more positive outlets for the youths of San Diego.

“All of our performers are highly skilled dancers, with years of training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz,” says Ms. Feier, “but we didn’t have any hip-hop to speak of. When I brought Todd and his dancers in to work with our troupe, it was electric. Here you had our girl dancers, in tights, leotards and hair pulled back in a bun, working with these high school boys in jeans, tee shirts, and sneakers. They didn’t look like quote unquote dancers, but they were great. The girls loved learning the moves.”

At that moment, Todd and Andrea began planning “Breaking in the Park”. “There exists a great need in our community to offer positive options to kids as an alternative to the streets” said Mr. Tanaka, “A need for a place where our young peoples of today can find harmony and belonging. A need to provide an opportunity for them to express their creativity in a healthy environment. Breakdance and Popping gives the kids an attractive and viable option to accomplish all of this. All we needed was a safe place to dance.”

Breakdance and Popping classes will be held at the Casa del Prado’s room 201. There’s a 3:00pm – 4:15pm Break-dance Class and a 4:15pm – 5:30pm Popping Class. At 6pm, all the festivities move to the Balboa Park Club, where the Dance Jam goes from 6pm until 10pm. The classes are appropriate for 6 year-olds and up, and the dance jam is a family-oriented event.

Reserved spaces for both classes and the Dance Jam are just $15, and parents who want to come (but not take class) can come to the dance jam for only $10. Children under 5 are free.

More information can be found at www.myspace.com/breakinginthepark.


San Diego LGBT Center’s Happy 100th Frida Event Love! Life! & Tequila! Saturday, July 7th at the LGBT Community Center (3909 Centre St). For info, call 619-692-2077, ext 247.

The Centro Cultural de la Raza (2125 Park Blvd) presents from New York City, live and in concert the rockin ranchera sounds of Pistolera. Next Saturday, July 7, at 8 p.m. $10. All ages. Q&A session with the band to follow performance. A do-not-miss show.

La Onda Arte Latino presents an exhibit ending this Saturday, July 7, by three popular Latina artists, Emilia Garcia, Berenice Badillo and Carolina Castaneda. Free to the public with a special meet-the-artists night this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 24K Gallery (1616 National Ave). For info, call Andy Gonzalez at 619-656-6150.

Celebrate the Eighteenth Friendshipment of Humanitarian Aid to Cuba with Friends of Cuba. Learn how congressional members, physicians, educators and writers are challenging the travel ban Monday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at the Malcolm X Library (5148 Market St). For more info, call Betty Fry at 619-922-7535.


Alida Cervantes Explores Identity: Tijuana based artist Alida Cervantes is steadily gaining recognition for her portraits, which explore issues of identity. Born to a father from Mexico City and a mother from Mexicali, her light colored skin and hair caused others to tell her that she didn’t look Mexican enough. She will present a series of portraits created specifically for this exhibition to be held at Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (1008 Wall St) in La Jolla between Saturday, June 23 to July 28. Free. For more info, call 858-454-5872.

Human Rights Festival Opens No Sit, No Stand, No Lie. A play by David Hogan. Runs to July 6 at 6th @ Penn Theatre (3704 6th Ave). $18 with special discounts. For info, call 619-688-9210.

Pistachio Stories by Laura Shamas is a provocative play exploring what existence might be like if fear, anger and violence are allowed to justify the invasion of a person’s life and privacy. Runs through to July 5 at 6th @ Penn Theatre (3704 6th Ave). $18 with special discounts. For info, call 619-688-9210.


Learn about social and environmental justice issues and meet activists engaged in defending labor rights, public health and the environment in the San Diego/Tijuana border region at the Environmental Health Coalition’s Tour Calafiero, Friday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cover and reservations necessary. For more info, contact Amelia at 619-474-0220.

Art of the Streets Part of the RE:UNION C/S exhibit at the Centro Cultural de la Raza (2125 Park Blvd), grafitti artists Werc and Crol will join Chicano Park muralist Victor Ochoa to create a live grafitti demonstration. A lowrider exhibit will accompany the event. Son jarocho and a panel discussion will follow. Saturday July 14 at 2 p.m.

(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Latino/Latina community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at raymond.beltran@cox.net. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)

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