The Dance Complex. Cambridge, MA. (617) 547-9363
536 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at the Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617.547.9363

 

The Wondertwins: To Hip-Hop, with Love

April 7 & 8 at 8:00pm

$22.00/general admission; $18.00 BDA, Student, Senior, Military; BUY TICKETS ONLINE

With the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own.

Six-time winners of Showtime at The Apollo Theater, The Wondertwins have appeared with Maurice Hines Club Harlem and toured internationally with Bobby Browns Dont Be Cruel in the UK, and Purple Rains Apollonias Since I Fell For You tour in Singapore.

With the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own.

Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre executive director Judith Jamison has praised The Wondertwins as absolutely beautiful, strong, powerful, and electricmade for Broadway and Maurice Hines noted that the identical twins "dance in the same spirit as the great brothers of dance before them.

To Hip-Hop, with Love is made up of three separate pieces: Broadway to Hip-Hop, Sounds of Movement, and L.OV.E. With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and even poetry from Maya Angelou, To Hip-Hop, with Love offers a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.

Boston natives Billy and Bobby McClain have worked for 20 years as teachers in Boston Public schools, and spend their summers as directors of Project RISE, an educational summer program for inner-city students in Braintree, MA. They are also award-winning natural bodybuilder competitors, and were high school all-star basketball players, recruited by many Division I schools.

*NOTE: Pre-purchased tickets will be held up until 15 minutes before the start of the performance. After this point, seats may be released.

WHAT: The Wondertwins: To Hip-Hop, with Love
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 2017 and Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
WHERE: The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave Cambridge MA 02139
TICKETS/COST: $22.00/general admission; $18.00 BDA, Student, Senior, Military; BUY TICKETS ONLINE
INFORMATION: dancecomplex.org or call (617) 547-9363.

Billy & Bobby McClain started dancing at the age of 8. The childhood beginnings started as they would imitate a weekly dance show called "Soul Train" and by 9 years old they were doing their "WonderTwins show" for family events such as cookouts and barbecues. At 10 years old they won their first dance competition which was judged by the legendary rapper KURTIS BLOW. Later that year Billy and Bobby were recruited to join the first professional street dance crew "The Funk Affects". A group that influenced and were very inspirational to the early success of new edition and new kids on the block. They spent 7 yrs with the company gaining recognition by opening up concerts for big names like Run Dmc, LL Cool jay to name a few. In their early teens they were giving monthly hour long shows for the community with opening acts such as new kids on the block who they would later choreograph their Magic Summer Tour and produce songs for their album.

Today, the award-winning duo street dance pioneers from Boston haveheadlined at Jacob’s Pillow "Unreal Hip Hop" & Inside/Out Dance Festival, Brooklyn Dance Fest, Rochester University, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Colby College, UraGano Italy, Concepto Vimen Mexico, TedX talks boston, David White's Tap The Yard, DanceNOW Boston, DanceNOW NYCJoes Pub, Dixon Place, The Dance Hall and The Music Hall Loft. They are Six-time winners of Showtime at The Apollo Theater and performed a record 16 appearances on the Apollo Stage. The Wondertwins have also appeared with Maurice Hines’ "Club Harlem" at the Apollo Theater and toured internationally with Bobby Brown’s "Don’t Be Cruel" world tour and Purple Rain’s Apollonia’s "Since I Fell For You" tour in Singapore. They recieved the "Pioneers of Dance" award in 2013 by Origination (other recipients of this prestigious award are Complexions Co/founding artistic directors Desmond Richardson & Dwight Rhoden of Complexions, former principal dancer of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Renee Robinson, best selling author/scholar Dr Eric Michael Dyson and Actor Terrance Howard.

Wondertwins are now touring their self produced, directed and choreographed show "To Hip-Hop, with Love”. The show is made up of three separate pieces: “Broadway to Hip-Hop,” “Sounds of Movement,” and “L.OV.E.” With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and even poetry from Maya Angelou, “To Hip-Hop, with Love” offers a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.

"With the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own"

Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre executive director Judith Jamison has praised The Wondertwins as “absolutely beautiful, strong, powerful, and electric…made for Broadway” and Maurice Hines noted that the identical twins "dance in the same spirit as the great brothers of dance before them.” With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and even poetry from Maya Angelou, Wondertwins performance offers a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.

Our Mission:
We have worked for 21 years as teachers in Boston Public schools, and spend their summers as directors of Project RISE, an educational summer program for 150 inner-city students in Braintree, MA for 20 plus years. Being educators is equally important to us as being dancers. For us, those two vocations go hand in hand and work together very well. We use dance as a platform to educate our audience and we also teach dance to youth to give a different kind of education. Street dance is simultaneously educational and entertaining. We include both the educational and entertainment aspects of street dance in our performances and workshop for kids.

Links:
http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/06/dance_review_jacobs_pillow_dan_1.html
http://m.baystatebanner.com/news/2015/apr/15/boston-duo-wondertwins-discuss-their-career/
http://artsfuse.org/109236/fuse-dance-feature-wonder-x-2/
http://www.wbur.org/artery/2014/06/12/jacobs-pillow-wondertwins
https://www.creativeground.org/profile/wondertwins

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