"Dance Immersion" proudly presents the Baby Boyz Dance Group in an urban dance story for its 2011 Annual Showcase presentation. The world premiere of Three Boyz, Three Countries & One Dream runs March 24-26, 2011 at Enwave Theatre as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps. This exciting new dance-theatre work is about three young men from Africa, Jamaica and Canada who share the same dream - to be the best no matter what life has to throw at them.
None could guess where their dreams would lead - or how it would impact their lives and that of those around them. Three Boyz, Three Countries & One Dream delves into the lives of each of these young men and their different cultures as it explores the day-to-day challenges they face and what tools it takes to keep them rooted and focused.
A tapestry of dance and theatre, Three Boyz, Three Countries & One Dream is choreographed by Kevin A. Ormsby and Trevor Brown, written by Joseph Jomo Pierre and directed by Weyni Mengesha. The story is revealed through a diverse range of urban dance forms blended with text and highlights the artistry in dancehall and hip-hop, progressively connecting both genres to dances of African and contemporary influences.
The Brampton-based Baby Boyz Dance Group, are a group of seven diversely trained young male dancers bursting with talent who are focused on making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others through the medium of dance. Under the tutelage of Baby Boyz founder and Artistic Director Trevor Brown, the company incorporates many genres, weaving a creative identity that is athletic and explosive and dedicated to the creation of original works that celebrate the power of the imagination while incorporating important social messages.
Baby Boyz have appeared internationally in videos of Sean Paul and Rihanna and have shared performance venues with the likes of LL Cool J and Jully Black, among others. In 2009, they performed at the Legends of Hip Hop concert in which Chris Brown participated. In 2007 they performed at the prestigious Panafest festival in Ghana, West Africa. The Group is the recent recipient of the Planet Africa Rising Star Award. Susan Walker of the Toronto Star named them as one of the 10 best in dance in her 2006 Top 10 look back while Neil Armstrong of The Gleaner called them "electrifying, energetic and dynamic."
Dance Immersion is an organization with a mandate to produce, promote dancers and dances of the African Diaspora through presentations while providing skill development and networking through workshops, youth arts programs, collaborative projects and forums. This is its 16th annual Showcase presentation.