Martini: ‘Who Told You That You Could Dance’ hosts eventsWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you noticed that when the weather warms up, the dance shows and competitions come out? You can attend any urban event in Toledo, from church to hair shows, and I can guarantee there will be dancers. Toledo has long been a hotbed for budding talent like Disney Channel’s Alyson Stoner. If you know someone who enjoys a friendly battle resolved with synchronized dance, this is the event to attend. “Who Told You That You Could Dance? Midwest Dance Competition” at 8 p.m. April 22 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.
Show creator, New York native and now Toledo resident Monique Ward of Pozativ ProMotions has her hands full. Last-minute adjustments have been made due to a late overwhelming response to news of the competition. There will be 12 dance crews instead of the five she originally expected. Participating teams are Kim Jones Academy (Youngstown) Fynul Destination (Flint), Touch A Dream Studio (six teams from Sylvania) Winterfield Academy, Renegadez (two teams), True MartianZ, Legally Talented, House of Adonis and Flatline.
Ward was inspired by the great talent in Toledo and the Midwest when she noticed that after “friending” one dancer on Facebook she began getting friend requests from many more.
“Dance has a whole world in Toledo that I did not even pay attention to,” Ward said.
She realized she knew enough dancers to create an environment that would celebrate an often underappreciated art form.
Conscious of providing a full show to attendees, Pozativ ProMotions secured interesting artists to showcase various genres between dance performances. Toledo favorites like singer Jay Rush, who will properly start the event with the National Anthem, and Tracy, Hize, GiftD and JO2 will deliver R&B and Hip-Hop. Toledo School for the Arts’ talented Liz Croak will perform as well.
Commentary during the event promises to be filled with laughs as it will be hosted by my fellow Star contributor lilD and Jahmal Garrett from The Juice FM 107.3. Contestants are fired up on all social networks in an effort to bring out supporters as they com-
pete for first, second and
third-place trophies, cash prizes and bragging rights for the rest of the year. The competition will attract first-time visitors to the Glass City with talent ranging in age from 5 to 30. It is fitting that during the event there will be a special tribute by Mike Polk to the King of Pop (and dance), Michael Jackson.
“Who Told You That You Could Dance?” will host a meet-and-greet for the talent, contestants, sponsors and media featuring 2010’s Ohio Hip-Hop Award-winning b-girl/dancer Billie Badazz. Billie will be there to speak, leaving soon after for Youngstown to open for national rap artist Trina.
“What better way to work with, inspire and encourage?” Ward said.
To find out more about “Who Told You That You Could Dance?” and Pozativ ProMotions events, log on to Facebook.com keywords “Who Told You That You Could Dance?”
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