The Abyss: A House Dance Experience New York Qualifier

 23 May
 Brooklyn Zoo, 230 Bogart St, Brooklyn, New York
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 Urban Artistry
The ABYSS New York Qualifier Saturday May 23, 2015 "Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Brené Brown The ABYSS, presented by Assassins DC and Urban Artistry, offers a new perspective on producing house dance experiences, by focusing on and honoring the most essential elements of house dance culture: the human spirit and cypher participation. We will be conducting qualifiers in cities, culminating in the final ABYSS Cypher Session at the International Soul Society Festival in Washington DC on June 20, 2015. In the process, we hope to inspire a culture of honesty, integrity, self-discovery, and fearlessness, along every participant's journey to evolved artistry. THE FORMAT PRE-SELECTION The pre-selection round will consist of 1-on-1 showcases, with each participant getting one, un-timed run. Dancers, one dancer, or neither dancer will advance. Judge (Conrad Rochester) will choose 12 dancers to advance to the cypher session. THE CYPHER SESSION The cypher session will be a one-hour cypher of uninterrupted exchanges between the chosen dozen from pre-selection. JUDGING The 12 finalists will choose a winner amongst themselves. Each dancer will have one vote, but cannot vote for himself/herself. The dancer with a majority of the votes will be the winner. Should there be a tie(s), those receiving the highest number of votes will be given a chance to concede to the dancer(s) that they believe is the winner. If the dancers choose to continue, they will return to the cypher for an additional 30 minutes or the final exchange. During this final exchange, all dancers have the right to concede and proclaim the opponent(s) the winner. If no one concedes during or after the final exchange, the Advisory Committee will choose a winner from those remaining, based on technique, musicality, originality and artistry. The ABYSS Final Cypher Session and Recognition The WINNER from each qualifier will receive an Abyss Qualifier Adornment, transportation and lodging while at the International Soul Society Festival in Washington DC, to compete in The ABYSS Final Cypher Session. The final winner in Washington DC will receive a $1000 cash prize, the ABYSS Finals Adornment, a hand written recognition as the Abyss 2015 Champion 2015 Abyss Qualifier Winners: Groovy (Denmark) King Charles (Los Angeles) •••VENUE••• Brooklyn Zoo 230 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY •••DATE••• May 23rd. Doors at 10pm. •••JUDGE••• Conrad Rochester •••DJ••• Brahms "BRAVO" Lafortune Follow us on Instagram: @UrbanArtistryDC & @SoulSocietyFest Twitter: @UrbanArtistry & @SoulSocietyFest Facebook: Urban Artistry, An International Culture and Education Project and International Soul Society Festival

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