Street Beats Group Wows Grand Bahama

Thursday 06th, October 2011 / 03:30 Published by

he Streets Beats of New York perform at the Regency Theatre in Freeport, Grand Bahama on October 1st, 2011. Proceeds of the show benefit youth in the performing arts via the Grand Bahama Performing Artists Society. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

Freeport, Bahamas – Grand Bahama Island was treated to a high-octane performance by The Street Beats Group from New York City last night. The Street Beats rocked the audience at the Regency Theatre with their enormous talent and energetic urban groove — a riveting combination of drumming, tap, hip hop, and break dancing that had everyone on their feet wanting more.

Presented by the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society —a three-year old organization that has donated over $18,000 in scholarships this year to local Bahamian performing arts students—the event also featured the talents of Eight Mile Rock’s dynamic dance troupe, Xclusiv Crew, as well as tap, ballet and hip hop numbers by students of the Lois Seiler Dance Academy, Georgia Taylor’s School of Dance, and The Bahamas Dance Theatre.

An inspiring and well-attended set of workshops with the Street Beats was held the morning of the show, giving enthusiastic local students a chance to meet the performers up close and learn about their edgy blend of dance and percussion using everyday objects, such as paint containers and trash cans.

Created by a former member of the off-Broadway show, Stomp, The Street Beats Group creator, Zoilo Ruiz, has also composed and arranged for the World Famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, is a cast member of Slamm with legendary rock drummer, Carmine Appice, and is also the virtual drummer in the video game Rock Band 2.

For a small community like Grand Bahama to be able to enjoy this professional and internationally-celebrated group, is thanks to The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society , their members, hard working committee, and major sponsors, who include: Thayer’s Natural Remedies , Pelican Bay Hotel , American Airlines/American Eagle , The Bahamas , Mackey Media , and Keen i Media .

Thanks to The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society, the residents of Grand Bahama were able to experience an unforgettable evening of exceptional international entertainment—while simultaneously being reminded how much incredible talent we have right here on our own lovely shores. Bravo to The Street Beats Group, the local performers, the GBPAS committee and sponsors, and all who attended in bringing a new rhythm of performing art support and expanded horizons to everyone on Grand Bahama.

By Paula Boyd-Farrington

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