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Beginning at the height of their success, Tora Mkandawire Mårtens’s MARTHA & NIKI delves into the world of competitive dance culture while exploring the emotional complexities of a coming-of-age female friendship and the cultural cost of international immigration to stunning effect.Director: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
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Take a dance class! Juste Debout has its own hip-hop dance school you could apply to, but there are most likely local dance studios in your area with hip-hop dance courses as part of their regular curriculum.
Watch Martha and Niki’s numerous other performances online! On the MARTHA & NIKI website, the filmmakers have linked to many performances from over the years, including solo acts.
Donate to dance educators! Dance studios like New York City’s Liberated Movement operate exclusively on donations while providing an immense depth of educational range, from ballet to hip-hop, and everything in between.
Host a screening! The director of MARTHA & NIKI has decided to make the film available (for a small screening fee) for closed screenings at dance events, workshops and/or other gatherings.
“They’re very honest and straightforward about everything and that kind of honesty was exactly what I wanted to portray – nothing was held back, everything is real and upfront – honesty is what moves people.”
Read the interview with filmmaker Tora Mårtens here.
Our interview with Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
“The Juste Debout is an international meeting of streetdances which gathers more than 4 000 dancers, selected after an international three-months tour. Seven major categories are represented into it: Locking, Popping, Hip Hop New Style, House, Experimental, Dancehall, Junior Dance Tour. A new exclusive category is emerging for the fifteenth edition : Who’s the fastest ! The Juste Debout team will elect the fastest dancer in the world.”
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“If you have music in your heart and feet that love to tap out a rhythm, you might be interested in choreographing a hip hop routine!”
Find out how on Wiki How.
“This week the Cut explores the messy, loving, spiteful, supportive, competitive, joyful, and funny sides of friendship.”
Read the article here.