All-star dance ensemble featuring Chicago's top foot-workers
The FootworKINGz (FWK) is an all-star dance ensemble featuring Chicago’s top footworkers. FWK’s ensemble includes Artistic Director, Charles “King Charles” Parks, the city’s undisputed champ. Other FWK members include choreographer/dancer, Jaron “Prince Jron” Boyd known for his ultra-smooth style and Trevell “Tee-Jay” Johnson, the pride of Chicago’s west side. FWK was founded in 2007 by…
The FootworKINGz (FWK) is an all-star dance ensemble featuring Chicago’s top footworkers. FWK’s ensemble includes Artistic Director, Charles “King Charles” Parks, the city’s undisputed champ. Other FWK members include choreographer/dancer, Jaron “Prince Jron” Boyd known for his ultra-smooth style and Trevell “Tee-Jay” Johnson, the pride of Chicago’s west side.
FWK was founded in 2007 by Leida “Lady Sol” Villegas, as a professional dance ensemble with a mission to attract global recognition to Chicago’s unique style of footwork. Footworkin’ is an extremely energized, lower body movement that evolved as a response to House and Juke (a highly sped up House sound up to 160bpm) music. The Chicago Tribune has described it as “part tap, African tribal, and breaking.” “This style has been around for over twenty years and we want it to be exposed in the mainstream and all over the world,” says King Charles.
King Charles and Prince Jron are toured on Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” World Tour 2008-2009. FWK members have also appeared on Ellen’s Really Big Show for TBS, VH-1 Hip Hop Honors ’07 with Missy Elliott, and MTV’s “My Block Chicago.” They have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, NBC 5 Morning News, Rolling Stone Magazine and Verizon Wireless “Do The Juke” phone commercial.
FWK released “Take Flight,” directed by Brazilionaire, the first, quality DVD about Chicago’s “footwork” style including the development of the FootworKINGz project. “We are very excited to release this extraordinary mini-doc and present these incredibly talented young men to the world,” states Ms. Villegas, Manager of the FootworKINGz.
FWK has been featured on both local and global stages including Chicago’s “Looptopia,” Juste De Bout 2008 in Paris, Aids Run / Walk Chicago ‘08, Navy Pier, “Hip Hop Generation Next” in NYC, Steppenwolf Theater with Kuumba Lynx, Mc Donald’s World Wide Convention in Orlando, Weber State University in Utah, San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival, Best of Dance Chicago, and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
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An Evening With The FootworKINGz
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