Illstyle & Peace Productions
Become Your Dreams: History of Hip Hop Dance
With incredible energy and personalities to match, the dancers of Illstyle & Peace demonstrate that by perseverance and focus, you can reach your highest goals. Tracing hip hop dance styles from the late 70’s through today, this acclaimed ensemble teaches positive messages, including “Think It—Do It—Become It.” Become Your Dreams celebrates the art and movement of hip hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions, D.J.ing, and modern and traditional dance forms. An emphasis is placed on the similarity of some hip hop moves to those found in ballet, modern and traditional dance forms. In this show students also get to come on stage and share their own creative dance moves!
Target Grades: K-12
Duration: 45 minutes
Hip Hop Promotes Positivity
This high-energy variety-show-style assembly features jaw-dropping contemporary and old school Hip Hop dance moves interspersed with comedic sketches about getting through some of the challenges of school life by respecting peers, respecting teachers, and having the courage to speak out when necessary. In a fun, interactive concert, audiences will see how different skill sets can lead to equally impressive moves on the dance floor.
Target Grades: K-12
Duration: 45 minutes
Audience of up to 300: Single: $775 Double: $1,240 Triple: $1,628
Audience of 301-500: Single: $1,030 Double: $1,648 Triple: $2,163
Travel Fee: $150
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Illstyle and Peace Study Guide
Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural, Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, old school & new school hip-hop blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including Locking, Popping, Breaking, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop & House Dancing. They have toured critical acclaim nationally and internationally and are committed to delivering positive messages, inspiration & education to all audiences. Illstyle & Peace Productions are the 2013 US Culture Ambassadors picked by the State Department and have toured Russia, Belarus & The Ukraine.
Brandon “Peace” Albright – Ensemble Leader
Brandon”Peace” Albright, aka “Peace,” is the Artistic Director of Illstyle & Peace Productions. He is well versed in the various styles of hip-hop dance. Brandon lives, eats and breathes hip-hop as a dancer, choreographer & actor. His style brings a lot of energy to the stage, which presents a cogent voice in theater. He was an original member of the Philadelphia based crew Scanner Boyz. He has danced for major recording artists such as Schooly D, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Boyz II Men and Beach Boys to name a few. Brandon “peace” Albright has toured nationally and internationally with Illstyle & Peace Productions and in productions such as Dance Africa, Memphis Ballet, Rome & Jewels and Hip Hop Legends. With Illstyle & Peace Productions, Brandon continues to educate and inspire diverse audiences worldwide.
‘I wanted to tell you how much the kids loved the performance yesterday. I was in with grades 3, 4 and 5 and they were all so engaged and enthusiastic throughout the performance. It was one of the best I had seen. I got such joy out of watching the kids respond to the performance. I also have a first grader who was in the younger group who enjoyed it. My husband also said that kids were coming out at pick up talking about it.'” – Arts Coordinator, Great Oak, Danvers, MA
Illstyle and Peace were beyond fantastic! The kids are still talking about their performance–and really interactive, too!! They even got the principal and the janitor to “pop” and “break” on stage! A great bunch of guys and excellent with our very young group. I give it/them 5 Stars!!!!!
-Cultural Arts Chair, Peter Cooper School
The artists were engaging, energetic, professional, personable, and very talented! They interacted well with our students and shared a wonderful message of respect and perseverance. It was a delight! -Assembly Program Coordinator, Midland School
…the performers inspired the students in our school to respect each other as well as their parents and teachers.
-Teacher, McGalliard School
…their performance was amazing…fantastic! Everyone learned so much about hip-hop…the dance, the music, the art. This form of art has gotten such a bad “rap” from media. The stereotyping was washed away last evening with the performance of Illstyle & Peace Productions.-Head of Youth Services, West Deptford Free Public Library
The performers were terrific! High energy, friendly, and related to the children extremely well. The show was a perfect blend of explaining how to become your dreams, the history of hip hop, and demonstrating the dance moves. The students and teachers LOVED this program! I would recommend this to all age levels.
-Home and School Committee Chair, South Valley School
Illstyle and Peace provided one of the best assemblies we’ve had…. The performers were talented, articulate, entertaining and did a great job with the children. It was very interactive and positive. -Music Teacher, Penn Charter School
They did an amazing job! They ran the gambit, laying out the roots and history of hip hop, demonstrations of various styles, skits and humor. Their message was positive, their presentation professional; the students were engaged the entire time. Both students and teacher thoroughly enjoyed their performance -Teacher, Penn Charter School
I just returned from the wonderful performance of Illstyle and Peace at Poolesville High and I wanted to immediately give my kudos on a fantastic performance and program at our school. The performers were outstanding, and did a great job of captivating typically jaded and hard to please teenagers (who usually think anything to do with cultural arts must be “lame”). I would highly recommend this group to anyone interested in an assembly -Beth, PTA, Poolesville High
They were fantastic—Our 8th graders were hanging on every word and watching every move! -Kelly, Music teacher, Arbutus Middle
The Wow Factor. Students were very engaged.-Kristin, Principal, Overlook Elementary
Yesterday’s experiences with IllStyle and Peace Productions were amazing. Brother Peace and his colleagues were inspiring, jaw-dropping, infectiously positive, educational, collaborative, and had the entire school humming for the entire day, and the town’s parent community buzzing on a parents Facebook page all night and today. We loved them. We definitely hope to bring them back in other years. Thank you thank you thank you for offering such a professional, incredible program that will clearly have a lasting impact on our school for years. Brother Peace, a sincere thank you to you and your wonderful, incredible team for not just the group program, but for the time in between that you spent with smaller groups and individual kids with questions and one young lady with tears, who just needed a moment to show you her special moves! You made her month I am quite sure! -PTO Chair, Glover School, Milton, MA
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