There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
That Soulja Boy dance is getting a little old—and, as his 15 minutes dwindle into “Macarena” territory, it’s about time to crank something else instead. Thank the “Black Expressions Hip Hop Dance Festival” for offering up something a little more fresh: movement that’s athletic, innovative, and likely beyond the grasp of MTV-watching suburban middle-schoolers. Founded by choreographers Gabriel “Kwikstep” Dionisio and Anita “Rokafella” Garciao, who have worked for Mariah Carey and BET’s “Rap City,” the festival features local dance talent, including Culture Shock D.C. New York’s Jennifer Archibald, a graduate of the Alvin Ailey School, provides a unique blend of classical jazz training with hip-hop improvisation. The performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $22. (202) 269-1600.