They bend and turn limbs in ways that make them seem quadruple jointed.
~ Barry Ward, Bertie Ledger-Advance
Bruk Up is not about nailing the moves – though the fundamentals are essential, as in any dance style – but more about being the moves. It’s a discipline that is interpretative, expressive, and deeply personal for each dancer.
~ Vice magazine
Featuring Ghost, Poba, and Rain
Transforming Music Into Movement, BSV Reveals the West Indian Roots of Brooklyn Street Dance:
Thur, Sept 11, 7pm | Fri, Sept 12, 12pm
Mon, Sept 15, 4pm | Thur, Sept 18, 7:30pm
The Bed-Stuy Veterans demonstrate NYC Bruk-Up, a style of movement based on a dance form that originated in Jamaica. It is essentially Jamaican dancing, hence the name Bruk-Up (Bruk is the West-Indian way of saying Break or Broke). It was created in the mid-1990’s by a man of the same name, BrukUp.
Although the form didn’t initially include waving and gliding among other movements, BSV has since nurtured it into an art form all its own. The ultimate goal of Bruk-Up is to utilize a series of body pops, locks, waves, glides, and shakes that become a visual representation of the music. Being in sync with the song is of high importance.
Who Are the Bed Stuy Veterans?
The Bed Stuy Veterans are the pioneers of NYC Bruk-Up, the foundation of Brooklyn street dance. Each Vet has a unique style based on his alter ego. Over the past 20 years they have watched over the style and kept it alive.
Photos: courtesy Bed-Stuy Veterans (all)