The Human Helicopter, a.k.a. b-boy Joel Martinez, will be spinning at the H-Town Get Down dance concert. The guy can go around [on his head] like 30 or 40 times, laughs Dance Houston founder Andrea Cody. Martinez is just one of dozens of dancers who will take the stage during the annual hip-hop show. Dance Houston launched the Get Down show five years ago when hip-hop groups threatened to overrun the groups City-Wide Festival, meant to be a sampler of various styles. We decided to do a hip-hop-only show, and its grown to be our biggest event. The hip-hop community is really hungry, and they put on a great show. It seems like every six months theres a new, hot style. Its always reinventing itself. And, of course, the b-boys are always pushing the limits of what we can do with our bodies, says Cody.
This years all-ages show will have some significant differences from those in years past. First, the performance is being taken out of the more formal Wortham Center and relocated to the more casual Warehouse Live. Second, graffiti and airbrush artists such as Skeez and A.B.S. will be on hand to tag shirts or caps that fans bring in. One thing that wont change is the high quality of dancing onstage. Homegrown, a new crew from the So Real Studios, Inertia, Planet Funk, Wyld Styl and steppers Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will share the spotlight with international star Mr. Wiggles and DJ Comp One. There will also be one-on-one b-boy battles, with participants including Naishon Jones from Americas Got Talent. 7:30 p.m. 813 St. Emanuel. For information, call 713-526-1049 or visit www.dancehouston.org. $15 to $50.
Fri., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2010