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A documentary film about Versa-Style Dance Company turning their personal stories into performance art on stage.

About this project

Our Kickstarter Video:

Furious Beauty is a feature documentary film about the soulful journey of professional hip-hop dance company Versa-Style, on their way to creating an inspired theatrical stage show in Los Angeles.  They unite as a family, pulling together company members from the street dance scene and from the yards of Los Angeles public schools.  Led by their company directors, Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez and Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad; these dancers set out to turn their fears and desperation into performance art on stage.  

More info at furiousbeautymovie.com.

Check out the official teaser trailer for "Furious Beauty" below:

Sneak Peek Scene from the film below!

OUR GOALS:

1) To raise funds to finish post-production of the film which includes hiring a music composer to create a soundtrack.  We also want to clean up the sound design.

2) To bring awareness for Versa-Style Dance Company and their artistic outreach programs to youth in Los Angeles schools and around the world.

3) To bring the film to the attention of film festivals and media professionals who would consider being supportive of youth arts education programs.

4) To share the emotional story of this film as a message of healing for families and for those who are touched by the performing arts.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The film is almost done!  We’ve been privately funding the production of the film since fall 2010.  Now, we’re near the finish line and need to raise funds to finish its post-production.

We’re launching a Kickstarter campaign in July 2012 for 30 days.

Please consider joining our campaign as a dedicated backer!  For every donation level, we’re giving rewards.  For example, for a donation of $25, we’re giving backers a download of the entire music soundtrack and a high-definition download of the finished film.  All donations through Kickstarter are done via Amazon Payments.  How Kickstarter works is like this:  if we meet or exceed our target goal, the campaign is successful and the money is donated to our campaign.  If the target goal isn’t met, no money is exchanged.

Also, please remember that we need to raise at least $5,000 by the end of our Kickstarter campaign or we won't be able to receive any of the funds! So every bit helps with our campaign and we thank you in advance!

MORE ON OUR TEAM:

Director / Editor / Producer: CALVIN LEUNG

As a storyteller, Calvin seeks to fuse his interests in visual media, performance art, and community outreach in his work.  Never having danced before, he became a hip-hop dancer in 2003 while researching a script about dancers.  Joining the Los Angeles dance community, he then grew to become a community organizer and builder at Homeland Cultural Center in Long Beach.  In 2010, he co-founded an event company named Keep It Live Productions (www.keepitliveproductions.com) with fellow dancer Coco De La Luz to produce hip-hop dance competitions.  His dancer name is "Centrifugal Force."  He is also a script coordinator & television writer for Nickelodeon (“Ni Hao, Kai-lan,” “The Fresh Beat Band”) and is the founder of Plixyl Studios.  He is a graduate of Yale University with a biology degree as well as a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a filmmaking degree.

Check out a video from one of the Keep It Live events that Calvin co-produced:

Producer: JACOB RIVERA

Jacob has worked in production for the television animation industry at Nickelodeon Animation Studios and Hasbro Studios.  This includes his work on the production team of the Emmy-winning computer generated animated series “Transformers Prime.”  He was born and raised in southern California.  In 2008, he graduated from California State University in Fullerton, with a degree in Radio-TV-Film.  Having a love for the arts and entertainment, Jacob is passionate about producing and storytelling in a variety of media platforms.

Public Relations Director: JENNY VALLES

Both a dancer and a creative artist, Jenny studied at the University of California in Irvine.  She was a member of the dance crew Kaba Modern at UCI and has trained with Culture Shock Los Angeles and many teachers within the hip-hop community.  She founded her own public relations firm (www.jennyvalles.com) and has managed clients within the entertainment, lifestyle, fashion industries, and non-profit organizations.

Versa-Style Artistic Director: JACKIE LOPEZ (AKA MISS FUNK)

Jackie Lopez, aka Miss Funk, is a Los Angeles native.  She graduated in June 2004 from the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA with a dance emphasis.  Jackie is a professional dancer, choreographer, and cultural educator who has worked with students and artists of all ages from LA, NYC, Philly, and Israel.  She has a wide range of training and knowledge within Salsa and Hip-Hop styles.  She is currently teaching Intermediate Hip-Hop at the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and is a guest choreographer for the Santa Monica College “Synapse Dance Ensemble” & Los Angeles Valley College.  She is currently the Program Director for The Flourish Foundation, which is non-profit private philanthropic organization, which begun as a response to lack of funding in the arts.  She has been working with Rennie Harris “Puremovement” since 2005 and owes much of her training to him.  Lastly, she is fortunate to be leading a company like Versa-Style (www.versastyledance.com), where every dancer brings their own unique talent into practice.  She hopes to inspire and motivate at least one soul at a time.

Versa-Style Artistic Director: LEIGH FOAAD (AKA BREEZE-LEE)

Leigh Foaad, aka Breeze-Lee, since birth has been exposed to dance.  His vocabulary ranges from a wide variety of styles from Classical Ballet to Hip-Hop.  He has been working with Rennie Harris “Puremovement” since 2005 and recently came back from being a Cultural Ambassador for the United States, touring the Middle East and he is grateful for all the opportunities.  He currently teaches Hip-Hop at the Jonette Swider Dance Center, where he takes pride in teaching the history and culture of Hip-Hop to the young community of today.  He toured nationally and internationally with John Tesh as the first and only featured Hip-Hop dancer.  He choreographed and was featured in the PBS special “ALIVE Music & Dance,” as well as setting choreography in numerous states in the USA.  As a leader and member of Versa-Style Dance Company (www.versastyledance.com), he is determined to express and share the knowledge and importance of Hip-Hop culture, while providing high intensity movement and passion for all artists around him.

Additional team members include Producer JENNIFER GAY and Associate Producers ARTHUR TONG & DAVID NGUYEN.

And check out another video of Versa-Style Dance Company representing Vlado Footwear in this online commercial:

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