Tampa's urban dancers paint a stunning "Kanvas"

In no particular order, this week's Kanvas performers will include:


VYB Company-(Tampa)
Salsa Caliente-(Tampa)
F.O.B. (Fresh Off the Beat)- Orlando
Tampa Bay Bucs Cheerleaders-(Tampa)
Collaboration Kids-(Orlando)
Indigo Kidz-(Orlando)
Studio One-(Orlando)
August Motives-(St.Pete)
Enigma Dance Kru-(Tampa)
CK Grooves-(Tampa)
Regretless Rebelz-(Lakeland/St.Pete)
Romuel Lariosa-(Spring Hill)
Xternal Technique-(Orlando)
Belly Dance Experience-(Tampa)
View Effect-(Riverview)
EnlAir Aerial Artistry-(Ft. Walton Beach)
BlaZay-(Miami)
Envy Dance Company-(Tampa)
Jarvis Mardis-(Brandon)


Doors open at 7 p.m., showcase starts at 8 p.m., battles start at 8:30 p.m.
Video cameras are allowed and even encouraged.
Admisson is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at thekanvasevent.com.

If high-energy dance movies like Step Up or Take the Lead get your head bobbing, your feet moving and your hips shaking, then the Kanvas showcase and battle just might be right up your alley.

This Friday at the Ritz, a young dance company know as VYB is bringing some of the area's best hip-hop crews and dance choreographers onto the same stage to bust some moves. Unlike their past showcases, this one will include crews from all over Florida.

"The stage is our canvas,” says DeMario Henry, VYB’s founder, “it’s where we leave our mark.”

In recent reviews, VYB’s performances have been described as “absolutely flawless” with “stunning dynamics.” Founded just over two years ago as what started as a small showcase in a studio setting has since become known for its edgy performances and weekly classes. With an interest in the community, VYB has also been recognized in the past for presenting charity events benefiting Metropolitan Minisitries and the American Heart Association.

As a platform for young professionals to express themselves, The Kanvas has grown into an exciting evening length event attracting talents from all over the state. Because VYB has received so much response both locally and regionally from choreographers and dance crews, the company decided to implement an invite-only selection process that begins with a mailed-in, five minute clip of the hopeful's most impressive moves.

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