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13:49, 26 June 2019

Bishkek to host dance battle to mark 243rd independence of US

AKIPRESS.COM - In commemoration of the 243rd Independence Day of the United States of America, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic has invited pop dancers John Austin (Poppin’ John), Marquese Scott (Marquese “NonStop” Scott), and Jacob Lyons (Jacob “Kujo” Lyons) to travel from the United States to judge the “IndepenDANCE: Red, White and Blue” Dance Battle, the U.S. Embassy said.

The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic is holding the “IndepenDANCE” Dance Battle in celebration of inclusiveness, tolerance, and disability rights, with support from the famous Kyrgyz dancer Jan Voinov for young Central Asian dancers. IndepenDANCE is a free and open platform for youth to showcase their dance skills and talent.

In the United States, the month of July marks another historic moment: the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a law which passed on July 26, 1990, that guarantees certain rights — and increased independence — to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.

As part of this celebration, the U.S. dancers together with Tumar dance group and Jan Voinov’s dance studio will hold a dance workshop for youth with disabilities on Wednesday, June 26 at the Asanbay Center.

A committee comprised of U.S. and local dancers will select 60 of the 300 Dance Battle finalists at the Maria Dance Studio on June 27 from 10:00 to 16:00; and at Asia Mall on June 27 from 16:00 to 21:00 in the following categories: popping, hip hop, breakdance, best show, and other styles.

U.S. dancers and judges will teach master classes in popping, hip-hop and break dancing for all Bishkek residents at Asia Mall on June 28 from 10:00 to 14:30. The finals of the “IndepenDANCE” Dance Battle will take place in the evening of 28 June in an invitation-only event.

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