Brooklyn were crowned the South African Hip Hop champions for the second year in a row at the Dance to Las Vegas Competition held in South Africa. This is also the competition where you qualify to represent South Africa at the Hip Hop International Championship held in Las Vegas every year. Being placed 1st in South Africa, Brooklyn was South Africa's chance to make history at HHI this year. With them being just a boy group for the first time, the strength, passion and motivation could be felt throughout every performance and member.
Unfortunatley they had a huge struggle financially to be able to go to Las Vegas and represent our country, as although Brooklyn Boys were the strongest and most passionate brooklyn group ever, they have no financial support. They approached a number of companies but in the end it was the support of family members and parents of Fusion School of Hip Hop, who assisted with money. This was still not enough as Brooklyn had to make a loan worth thousands for the final stretch for them to be able to go. Through the grace of God, everything worked out perfect for them, and they definately proved to the entire world that they had a reason for being there.
Brooklyn made South African history, being the first South African crew to be placed in the top 10 at HHI, and not only being placed top 10, but going into the finals and being ranked 5th in the world! This was a dream come true for the "Brooklyn Brotherhood", as they call themselves. They believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to live their dreams, and want to share their passion and love for dance with South Africa. Brooklyn will be having a month of workshops in October all over Cape Town, as well as "Games evenings" and "Cheese and Wine" functions in order to raise funds to pay off their loan, so that they can start fresh and start dreaming even bigger than they did this year. For more information regarding the workshops and fundraising events follow them on facebook. Brooklyn is also available for events or functions, which you just need to liase with their manager so that a quote ect can be discussed and specifications regarding what performance you would like the crew to do for example, if it needs to fit a specific theme ect. Their HHI 2012 performance can be viewed at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC3cSBqNcSk
Hoze Jonas who is the owner of Fusion School of Hip Hop as well as choreographer of most of the crews in the school, is also proud to be the choreographer of Brooklyn as well as dancer in the crew. He had his first Showcase this year for his School which was amazing and booked out, this was just another one of his dreams coming true including Brooklyns success, and his a s choreographer. He is currently busy planning a even bigger and more spectacular production Fusion Showcase in 2013, but he can tell you more about that. Fusion School of Hip Hop also has open classes at the Fusion Studio in Durbanville as well as in Brakenfell, these classes are open to anyone who wants to start dancing or even just do it for fun.
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The Brooklyn hip hop crew consisting of 8 members (of which unfortunately the 8th member Alston could not dance due to an accident) have finally made South African History! They are the first South African crew ever to make the top 10 crews from more than 72 participating crews from all over the world, at the Hip Hop International Championship held in Las Vegas in August this year. Not only did they make the top 10 but are currently ranked 5th in the world.
The hip hop school Fusion was originally started by Antonia L’Abatte as an aerobic school. After seeing Hoze Jonas dance she invited him to join the school and create a Hip Hop section. The legend “Hoze Jonas”started there! His talent and passion is portrayed through himself as well as each of his dancers. Hoze became the owner of the school in January 2011 and is also the choreographer and coach for all the teams of school, and is proud to say that he is part of the Brooklyn crew.
The admin and fundraising of the studio are mainly done by moms who volunteer and also act as team leaders for each team to organise the trips. The Fusion studio is only funded by dance fees which are kept low, as Hoze’s dream was to give and show the community that there’s a great future out there for everyone no matter what. He slowly started making his own dreams come true, and his dreams just keep growing everyday. He is truly an incredible choreographer, coach and dancer.
In 2011 Brooklyn competed at the Dance to Vegas competition in Carnival City Johannesburg and was ranked first in South Africa. A number of Fusion schools other dance crews also participated and did extremely well.
This year Brooklyn entered Dance to Vegas as just a boy crew, and for the second year in a row ever Brooklyn was placed first in the competition, and stayed the South African defending champions, to represent South Africa at the Hip Hop International Championship which was held in August 2012. The Brooklyn crew consists of members that have very little financial support, and they saw no way in which they would be able to actually raise enough funds to be able to go to Las Vegas. But through the grace of God, their passion and love for dance, a way was found for them to be able to represent South Africa in Las Vegas. It was definitely proven that they were meant to go even through all the difficult times. Being ranked 5th in the world has made their dreams come true, but now the hard work still continues for them, to cover what they spend to be have been able to go.
The members of Brooklyn have overcome many obstacles to get where they are today. They recognise the role dance has played in keeping them on the straight and narrow path, and would love to see other kids being given the same opportunities. They no longer call themselves a crew but a “Brotherhood” and their motto is “Touch the people around you 24/7”.