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A hip-hop showdown of international-calibre talent is coming to Coquitlam

Street dancers are set to show off their slick moves — and you can potentially join them on the Town Centre stage for Culture Days.
[From left to right] Meet the street dancers set to take the stage at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park for Culture Days on Sept. 26, 2021: Natasha Gorrie, Hannah Henney, Kevin 'Shazam' Li, Vance Driver, Rajan Sandhu, and Anwar Ali.

Do you have the moves that can step up, stomp the yard and kick it up to wow a crowd?

Coquitlam residents of all ages may be given that chance as the city gears up to host its Culture Days program beginning this weekend.

A street dance battle is set to take the TD Community Plaza stage in Town Centre Park — in an effort to follow current COVID-19 health and safety protocols — with six internationally recognized performers aimed to bring energy, tenacity and enthusiasm.

The theme of this year's event "Re:Imagine" is set to encourage positivity and tangible change in a time of difficulty.

After battling in several different dances, the group will bring in audience participation in teaching them fundamental moves in hip-hop, 'litefeet' and 'tutting' — a dance that requires intricate hand, arm and finger movements.

Performers include:

  • Natasha Gorrie and Hannah Henney
    • Members of the Diamonds in the Rough crew (Vancouver)
  • Kevin 'Shazam' Li
  • Vance Driver
  • Anwar Ali
  • Rajan 'Illest' Sandhu

The free program is scheduled for Sunday (Sept. 26) from 2 to 4 p.m., rain or shine, with DJ Ice B at the turntables.

Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, you're encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam's website.