Coming Up...

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Click event for details: Date(s)

College Production:
Talley's Folly

Broadway Series:
Original Stars of American Bandstand

School Show:
Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Special Event:
NWFSC Film Club: Loving Vincent

Art Gallery:
America: The Dream of an Artist's Life featuring Emil Holzhauer

School Show:
Charlotte's Web

Artist Series:

School Show:
Nugget & Fang

View Full Events Lists:
All Upcoming Events | Gallery | Broadway & Artist Series | NFSO | College Productions | School Shows | Guests | Special Events


Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular – Oct. 8 New York Dancers Bring Hip Hop Tribute to Niceville

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


9/26/2011 - The national tour of a high energy tribute to Hip Hop and break dancing will appear Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular features New York's finest urban artists, a pumping soundtrack, live DJ and master percussionists.

Performers in the show have all been featured as solo dancers in worldwide performances with show business legends including Madonna, Janet Jackson, B2K, 50 Cent, Ringo Star, Whitney Houston, Puff Daddy and Luther Vandross. Each performer in the show is a supremely talented specialist from the world of break dancing, locking, "electric boogaloo" or "popping," and power tumbling. The Houston Chronicle called the show "Full throttle entertainment!" BREAK! is a New York City-based company, currently on a world tour, having already received standing ovations across the five continents.

Tickets are on sale now by phone, web or in-person from the Box Office for $30 adults and $25 for youth age 18 and younger. Any NWFSC or other local college student may purchase tickets at the youth rate of $25 by showing ID at the Box Office. Limit two per college student. There is a group discount of $5 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more tickets. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and any available at-the door tickets are the same price as advance tickets. Call (850) 729-6000 or purchase online at A show photo and video gallery is also available on the website.

Thrill to the pure physical strength and agility, breathtaking movements, and cutting edge dance of Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular. The cast and their unorthodox creative movement demonstrate a distinctive American art form which finds its roots in the streets of the inner city with hazy African roots. Hip Hop defies easy definition. Comprised of five elements – Dance, MC, DJ, Graffiti, and Fashion - each component is improvised and recombined in a myriad of rhythms and styles so that Hip Hop reinvents itself continually.

Though the exact origins of Hip Hop are unclear, dance elements hearken back to an African tradition, involving a variety of footwork patterns, spinning and gymnastic type moves, Hip Hop dancing has been heavily influenced by a number of sources. Some consider James Brown and his 1969 hit: "Get on the Good Foot," one of the starting points. Inspired by his energetic, almost acrobatic dance on stage, many people began dancing on the "Good Foot," often incorporating moves that involved dramatic drops and spins. Martial-arts films, which were extremely popular in the 1970s, contributed some of the more spectacularly muscular and acrobatic elements to this burgeoning urban dance phenomena. The term, "Breakdancing" actually arose with the growing recognition of this art form by the media. The early 80’s "battles" between dance crews, attracted the attention of the public and "Breaking," "B-Boy-ing" or "Breakdancing" became associated with other street dance styles such as "Locking" and "Popping."

The show is presented by LOVE PRODUCTIONS, founded by Steve Love in 1985 and rapidly winning international acclaim for extending the boundaries of the performing arts. Headquartered in Times Square—the heart of New York City—the company is known for its unique ability to create diversified productions and bring unconventional dance forms to the stage. For more information see