2015/2016 Residencies – The Wondertwins

The Wondertwins, Hip Hop Artists      Learn more: https://www.creativeground.org/profile/wondertwins

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The Wondertwins, Hip Hop Artists February 1-5, 2016
Grades 1-12, college, adults Hip hop dance & culture
  • dance workshop for students
  • workshops for dancers
Yes

Celebrate Black History Month with a mesmerizing performance or workshop (or both) by The Wondertwins! The Wondertwins’ residency will increase understanding and appreciation of hip hop among audience members of all ages, drawing on African-American history and culture in performances and workshops throughout northern New Hampshire. The final performance will be the Wondertwins’ latest, highly acclaimed full-length show, “To Hip Hop, With Love.”

The duo will perform multiple assemblies for students throughout the region. Classroom workshops for grades 5 and above will allow students the opportunity to explore foundational movements in hip hop, popping, robot and mime and to learn about the origins of street-dance styles. These educational interactive workshops will be an important kinesthetic introduction to what is a culture generally accessible only through digital media, making both the movement and the ideas on which it is based accessible to rural New Hampshire students.

We are working with The Wondertwins to develop a study guide connected to the Common Core that will introduce teachers and community participants to the language of hip hop, contextualize the Wondertwins’ work and make important historical and cultural connections.
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About The Wondertwins: 

Billy and Bobby McClain are identical twins who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1970s. By age 8, they had their first real show at the Cyclorama in the South End. Wearing matching silk, brown sweat suits they finished their first contest with a win, judged by none other than the legend Kurtis Blow. By age 10 they were asked to join Boston’s first professional street dance crew, The Funk Affects. During this time they opened up for some of the biggest names in hip-hop history; Run DMC, LL Cool J, KRS One, and Afrika Bambaataa, to name a few.

After 7 years with the crew, Billy and Bobby branched off to become “The Wondertwins.” The Wondertwins have had many notable accomplishments including Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” US/UK tour, Apollonia’s (Purple Rain) UK tour. They were the opening act for EPMD, Public Enemy, and Queen Latifah. They have also appeared on television shows Good Day New York, Evening Magazine, and The Jenny Jones Show.

The Apollo Theater holds many fond memories for Billy and Bobby. In 1989, Mc Lyte invited them to dance on stage during her show at the Apollo. Shortly after this they won “Amateur Night/Showtime at the Apollo” six times. Last year the twins were able to go back to where it all started at the Apollo Theater, this time with their names on the marquee, sharing the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines Jr. and his show “Club Harlem.” Some more recent accomplishments include: winning The Pioneers of Dance Award, being selected for The Boston Globe Magazine’s “25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2011,” and in 2015 touring their wildly successful full length show, "To Hip-Hop, with Love."

Over the years The Wondertwins have created a distinctive style all their own, with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime.

Billy and Bobby are entering their 19th year of working as advisors and teaching dance in the Boston Public School system.

Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre executive director Judith Jamison has praised The Wondertwins as “absolutely beautiful, strong, powerful, and electric…made for Broadway” and Maurice Hines noted that the identical twins "dance in the same spirit as the great brothers of dance before them.”