Popin Pete of The Electric Boogaloos is to take part in a week-long residency at Boxpark, Shoreditch as part of the project Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop between 25 March and 1 April 2013, organised by Scanner’s Inc Productions.
Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop will involve a week’s programme of dance activities including workshops and open practice, social dance parties and lessons with Popin’ Pete himself at a pop-up shop inside a renovated shipping container situated in Boxpark, Shoreditch, part of the pop up mall situated in East London. He will be joined by DJ Billy Biznizz of Tha En4cers and graffiti artist Mr Dane of Vop Stars.
“I really wanted to find new ways of taking great artists from the stage into local communities,” explained Kate Scanlan of Scanner’s Inc who is organising the pop up shop. “The arts for me bring people together providing an opportunity for them to have fun and enjoy something as a community. That doesnʼt happen enough today.”
From 11am to 7pm daily Popin Pete will work with dancers that have booked in advance with their popping technique and answer their questions.
“I’m really happy to be a part of this, I like to be at the cutting edge and this has never been done before,” Popin’ Pete said. ”Kate has breathed life into the video I did with Chris Brown. I love it!”
Workshops will be priced at £15 or £10 if booking two or more; Open practice sessions at £5 and the Social Dance Party which will conclude the week at Rich Mix will cost £5 or £2 for under 18s.
Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop daily line up
Between 25 – 31 March
11am daily: Shop opens
1pm: Workshop / freestyle performance
4-6pm: Open practice
6-7pm: Workshop and Q&A
Boxpark address: Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY
Sunday 31 March
Get Down: Social Dance Party hosted by Popin’ Pete and DJ Biznizz at Rich Mix
Rich Mix address: 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Popin’ Pete is a member of the Electric Boogaloos, the US West Coast dance group widely credited as the originators of popping and boogaloo styles.
The name Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop references Popin’ Pete’s appearance in Chris Brown’s Yeah x3 music video where he and Brown dance in front of a store front with the sign Popin’ Pete’s.
“When I saw the Chris Brown video featuring Pete and I knew that this was it. Popin’ Pete is hugely talented and very down to earth, he spends his life sharing his knowledge of this dance and so its great that we can give people this opportunity,” explained Kate Scanlan.
Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop is produced by Scanner’s Inc in association with Arts Council England, Box Park, East London Dance, Hackney Council and Jack.
Scanner’s Inc supports the development of young people and emerging dance artists. It is a creative company bringing communities together through incredible performance, festivals, events and social gatherings, in theatres, shops and public spaces. It works with people to develop their strengths and presentation skills. It connects ideas, people and places through the creative arts. Scanner’s Inc was set up by Kate Scanlan in 2012.