Mai Lê Grooves /LayeRhythm

Mai Lê Grooves /LayeRhythm

 
Mai Lê Grooves Bio: 
Born in France, Mai Lê is an arts educator, dancer, choreographer, curator who relocated to Brooklyn in 2009.
In 2013 she joined the Philadelphia-based street dance theater company Rennie Harris Pure Movement, performing and/or teaching throughout the United States (Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, LA Music Center), and abroad (US Cultural Ambassador in Central Africa in ’13). She also toured Europe with Detroit music producer Theo Parrish in ’14 as a dancer in his live band, in places such as the Worldwide Festival (Sete, FR), London’s Barbican, Barcelona’s Sala Apolo. In ’16 she joined Passion Fruit street dance company, performing at the Apollo Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, and Montreal Arts Interculturels.

Mai Lê relentlessly promotes underground Hip-Hop & House cultures locally and internationally, helping bring awareness about their positive impact. She used to co-produce the USA segment of  Juste Debout, one of the biggest street dance competitions in the world. Her monthly event LayeRhythm: a Jam Session of Music & Dance, created in 2015 in NYC, was featured in the New York Times.

Currently, Mai Lê is the Program Director of It’s Showtime NYC!, a program that celebrates NYC street culture and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers. The program is administered by Dancing In The Streets.

LayeRhythm
Created in March 2015, LayeRhythm is a cutting­edge jam session that unfolds as a series of interactive sessions creatively layering
live musicians, freestyle dancers and crowd participation. The events counts: 20+ editions in NYC, 2 editions in Detroit, 2 editions in Philly.
Past guests include:
Music: Lex Sadler, Duminie Deporres, Saadiq Bolden, Mark de Clive Lowe, LeFtO, Jen Xerri, Lil Dave, Killiam Shakespeare, Shawn Dub, Sonny Daze, Still1…
Dance: Linda LaNaija, Tatiana Desardouin, King Charles, Hurrikane, Tony McGregor, Ephrat Asherie, PopNTod, Lil’O, The Hood Lockers, Stringz Uno…
LayeRhythm’s next iteration is an evening-length theater stage production that further explores and flips the dynamic relationships between music and street dance.
Press Quote
“[LayeRhythm is] an occasional brew of partying and performing that unfolds as a series of interactive sessions in which suggestions from the crowd beget songs and steps. Imagine an improv comedy show where dancing, not laughs, is the currency. Then imagine a musicians’ jam session where the band is compelled to keep the dancers’ pace instead of the other way around.”
“In New York, dance gatherings are hardly uncommon and musicians jam together frequently. But what’s distinct about LayeRhythm is the way it bridges the two groups with crowd participation.”
— The New York Times (full article: https://nyti.ms/2H9Aki3)