Behind The Groove Fund Raiser
Behind The Groove
An Authentic Source of
A “Feel Good” Urban Movement…
Welcome To The Groovement!
Greetings to all who got Behind The Groove in 2014 & 15, We Thank You!
We now need your help as we kick off our 2016 Summer Soulstice fundraising campaign to celebrate our 7th year of hosting this one-of-a-kind dance event that has turned into a movement, Welcome to the Groovement!
Please spread the love and spread the word, because we can’t do it alone. We need you to get Behind The Groove NOW!!!
“Behind The Groove is the kind of dance event that NYC needs.” - Marly Marl
“Behind The Groove is like a family, and a family that Grooves together can build together.” - Strafe
What it is…
Behind The Groove was conceived, inspired and created by Kwikstep (aka DJ KS*360), Co-Artistic and Executive Director of the international cultural Hip Hop collective, Full Circle Productions Inc. and is hosted by Rokafella, Co-Artistic and Executive Director Full Circle Productions inc. Both Kwikstep and Rokafella are also legendary dancers.
BTG is a monthly dance event with a loyal following from the international urban dance community, held at New York City’s infamous dance spaces such as the award-winning Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village.
Designed to invigorate and help preserve New York’s iconic global reputation of having a rich, multi-cultural, multigenerational urban scene, the event features a variety of musical genres ranging from Funk, Break beats, Afro-beat and House to Reggae, Disco, Salsa, and 80’s classics as well as todays future classics!
This unique musical journey continues to attract a growing and loyal international following, but we need your help so we can grow, expand, and preserve NYC’s legendary dance/music scene that nurtured the development of styles including Breaking, Rocking, Popping, Locking, House, Hip Hop Party Dances, Hustle, Vogueing, Salsa, and more.
Behind The Groove honors and builds upon the spirit and culture that flourished in the 80’s and 90’s in iconic venues such as Roseland, Paradise Garage, The Fun House, The Roxy, Heart Throbs, The Building, Palladium, Sound Factory Bar, Mars, Red Zone, The World, Bonds International, Union Square, and The Roof Top to name a few.
Where We’re Going…
There are very few events today where all of these dance styles can be experienced and witnessed in one evening. There are even fewer that are curated by dancers and DJ’s like KS 360 and DP One — Behind The Groove’s resident DJ’s who are well versed in Rare Funk, Breaks, Disco, 70's and 80’s R&B Classics, 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop Classics, Paradise Garage Classics, House, Reggae, New Wave, Salsa, and more.
Hosted by legendary dancer Rokafella, Behind The Groove’s incredible vibe is enhanced by live performances by some of NYC’s best musicians and club artists on the scene, including Swiss Chris, Ron Renaissance, and Strafe who is known for his smash club hit "Set it Off."
To Top it off, the legendary Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box is the official Host and MC of our special Behind The Groove events.
Behind the Groove’s rich multicultural and multigenerational format has drawn an impressive array of distinguished guest DJ’s including: DJ Grand Wizard Theodore • DJ Jazzy Jay • DJ Easy-Mo Bee • DJ Enuff (Heavy Hitters) • DJ Big Ben (Heavy Hitters) • DJ Marly Marl (WBLS) • DJ Ruben Toro • DJ Mell Starr • DJ Beverly Bond (Black Girls Rock – BET) • DJ Ted Smooth • DJ Danny Nunez • DJ Sabine Blaizin
DJ Boogie Blind (The X-Ecutioners) • DJ Evil Dee (Black Moon).
Dance legend regulars at Behind The Groove events include the likes of Buddha Stretch, Loose Joint and Link of Elite Force, Adesola Osakalumi, J Rock, Katalyst, Neguin, Ringo, Mighty Mike, Archie Burnett, Javi Ninja, Fire Lock, Hurricane, Nubian Ne Ne, Lockeroo, and Rokafella to name a few! Our events are filled with both award-winning and emerging dancers and choreographers from NYC and around the world, who dance the night away, month after month, after month, and have done so for the past 6 years!
What We Need…
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Get Behind The Groove
So we can keep playing those joints that make you move!
2015 was Behind The Groove’s 6th Anniversary Year and we raised $7390, half of our $15,000 to help cover our operational expenses. This still enabled us to continue providing NYC, the Tri State area, and the international dance scene with our high quality, culturally important dance event, again Thank You to all who made this possible!
With your help we hope to meet our 2016 base goal of $15,000 so we will be able to host our special events, Such as our Behind The Groove Float at this years 10th Anniversary Dance Parade and sound system rental for the BTG Dance Parade celebration in Tompkins Square Park!
Celebrate with Us at some of our up coming free BTG Summer Soulstice events which will include St Mary's Park in The Bronx, The main stage in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield, Lincoln Center, The Behind The Groove Thank You Party in the fall, Our famous Behind The Groove Halloween Monster Jam and the BTG Valentine’s Red & White Party , all featuring special guests, live music and dance performances!
Your contribution of any amount will help cover monthly expenses including the transportation and rental of sound equipment and venues as well as staffing fees. Contributions will also help to allow us to pay for quality guest DJs’ and live quality performances by artists who have been the sound tracks of our lives such as Strafe, D Train, The Legebdary Ladies of Skyy, Jocelyn Brown and more!
You getting Behind The Groove is most appreciated! By making an on-line donation, you will get an honorable mention on the BTG event pages as well as the following donation benefits:
$100 -- BTG Mixed tape, BTG T Shirt, BTG Bracelet and complimentary entry to the any BTG events for a year !
$75 - BTG Mixed tape, BTG T Shirt and BTG Bracelet.
$50 - BTG Mixed tape and BTG Bracelet.
$20 - BTG Bracelet
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law through Full Circle Productions INC (FCP), an official 501 c 3 not-for-profit.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. We hope to keep seeing you on the dance floor!
Peace & Blessings,
DJ KS 360 AKA Kwikstep - (Gabriel Dionisio)
We have used this link to help us raise funds for our monthly Behind the Groove events in the past two years.
On April 11th we started raising funds to cover our Dance Parade float for May 21st, the goal was $3500. As of today we have raised a total of $1,165!!!
Thank You so much everyone, We are almost half way there!!! A Special Thank You to The Dance Parade, The Bessies, American Tap Dance Foundation and Momz -N- DA Hood for your Support!
This past weekend April 30th Rok and I were on WBAI from 7 to 10pm as guests for Jeannie Hopper's Liquid Sound Lounge which also featured me on air as a guest DJ for the show. Click on the archive links below and hear some Funky, Soulful House as well as us talking about the Dance Parade, our history, upcoming BTG events, our fund raising efforts for our float and some of the special guests that will be on our float, Such as The Legendary Ladies of SKYY, The Iconic House of Ninjas and More!!!
Here is a Direct Link to the audio of the Liquid Sound Lounge show that evening. You can scroll around to get to the interview and KS 360 DJ sets.
The actual to the WBAI archive.
Go to this link - http://www.wbai.org/archive.php
Then go to the display panel that reads "all programs" and look up "Liquid Sound Lounge"
Then Press the "GO" button.
This will bring you to the Archive panel then go to this date: "Liquid Sound Lounge
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 7:00 PM".
Thanks again for your support everyone!!!
DJ KS 360
Thats Right! So you know we are gonna Represent Our Music and Dance Fam to The Fullest With a Behind The Groove Float with Special Guest and Dancers Galore on The Floor and on the Float Keepin Everyone on Beat in The Streets will be DJ KS 360!!! At The End of The Dance Parade will be a Behind The Groove Jam in Tompkins SQ Park!!!
We have Special Guests who will be on the BTG Float with Us, Confirmed So Far...The Legendary Ladies of Skyy!!! Stay Tuned for the Updated as More will be Announced!!!
In the meantime we are raising funds to help build the float along with sound that will be felt around the whole town for ya'll to get down!!! Please help spread the word, with your help we can get it done!!!
This short term goal is $3500 of which $500 has been raised so Far!
Lets keep the love going and keep the donations flowin so we can reach that goal together!!! Thank You for all those who have supported us so far and a Future Thank You for all of those future supporters who Get Behind The Groove, Welcome to The Groovement!!!
This Saturday April 30th will will be on WBAI with Jennie Hopper talking about our involvement as Grand Marshals for the Dance Parade as well as the fundraising efforts for the BTG float so don't forget to tune in!!!
Here is The Link to more info about our announcement as Grand Marshals for the Dance Parade!
Once again Thank You and Looking Forward as As We Rock The Funky Beats and Dance Through The Streets!!!
DJ KS 360
For our dedicated supporters as well as new comers take a look at the updated BTG mission statement on the BTG gofundmepage to get a hint of what is coming up and how you can help ;)
1 Love, DJ KS 360 aka Kwikstep
The last one we had with special guest Digable Planets Knowledge Cee FKA Doodlebug went Great, Thank You to Everbody that came out!
We are Planning our next BTG Christmas event for Dec 19th and are raising funds for operating costs which makes BTG the special event that it is and helps us to continue to bring you quality DJ's, Secial Guests and Perks that you've come to know at BTG!
Thank you in advance for your support and please help spread the word, we can't do it without you!
Help BTG bring you more Funk, Breaks, House and Beats Galore, see y'all on the Dance Floor!