Portland, Oregon Vanguard
Portland’s Hip hop week was our final stop on the 2022 Vanguard project and it really connected Grand Wizard Theodore, DP One, Kwikstep and Rokafella with the local Hip hop community. The “Wine and Chill” was a beautiful display of local talent and then the “Meeting of the minds” panel discussion brought us into the future with an attendee introducing the future of Hiphop as Web3 takes its place in our world.
The Cypher Queens workshop was great mix of levels and even a local jewelry designer visited the studio. And then we found out that Kelsi, the owner of the Manifest Change dance studio chose to celebrate her Birthday with us..Like all day since she was also a panelist earlier on Friday. Bgirl Naj the mirage had drove down from Seattle to help out with the workshop!! Saturday flew by with all the Breakers doing their thing with DJ DP One and DJ KS360 spinning Breaks and Funk.
Congrats to the winner of the USA Breakin regional qualifier was BBoy Details and the Wild card Bgirl Arzhena! Then the DJ OG One and Klyph began the local Portland Star Awards ceremony including out of town recipients including Big Wyno, Grand Wizard Theodore, Kwikstep and Rokafella. The final performer was Teezy So Dope who really tore the roof off!
Thank you to all the cities who hosted our Vanguard efforts to uplift local Breakin and other Street and Club styles so they can build a better dance career and community for the future.
Shout to our National United Hip hop Vanguard Culture workers : BBoy House, Asia One, Sammy Mac, Speedy Legs, Ian Flaws and Big Wyno!!! We hope to keep supporting each other and collaborate in 2023. Congrats on all you have achieved so far and let’s stay connected.
Thank you to the Ford Foundation, Fractured Atlas, our Board and Grant writer. Teamwork makes the dream work.