By Devon Johnson, Contributing Writer
Devon Johnson is a new contributing writer for Community Arts NYC. Devon grew up in Brooklyn in NYCHA’s Marcy Development, and is one of our New York based writers. Check out his introductory post here.
This past Sunday I had the privilege to meet with four members of “Floor Royalty Crew”.
FRC established 2008 is a community based dance crew out of NYC. Some time ago I saw these guys in several serious dance events representing their B-Boy crew. They perform at many large and small events throughout NYC. Most notably, they’re known for consistently breaking in the floor at the at the Brooklyn Museum’s first Saturdays highly anticipated event.
I noticed a flyer in NYCHA’s Atlantic Terminal development that had that Floor Royalty emblem and name on it. This flyer was for a dance event that was to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Each person that entered the community center was to bring one can of food at minimum. One of the members (Vitamin D) stressed that the crew was about dancing for a cause, working on initiatives that benefit neighborhoods and that they are for the arts, Hip Hop and dance culture. Vitamin D also said that they represent the five elements of Hip Hop; Emceeing, DJing, B-Boying, Graffiti Art and Beat Boxing. I kind of liked the way he put that!
They’re aware that Sandy took lives, homes and peace of mind from a lot of families these past two months and they chose to face this adversary the best way they knew how: through dance. I can see why they have the word “royalty” in the crews’ name.
These young, community-conscious dance enthusiasts are creating a trend and bringing a community-conscious movement that is here to stay. You can check out their 32 Minute Break Buffet Vol. 1 video on YouTube of the back to back dance battles they have.