The foundation of FLEX is the bruk-up, which came out of Jamaican dancehall in the early 90s. Bruk-up means "broke up", and that means moving your body in all types of awkward ways, even the faces that we make. We dance from a place of the soul; it's emotion-based. It can be graceful, it can be aggressive, it can be anything the dancer wants it to be. Flexing has different styles, like connecting, pausing, gliding, getting low, bone-breaking. But flexing is more than just a dance, it's a culture. The way we talk, the way we speak, the way we dress. - Reggie Gray
Beach Sessions'mission is to support creation, to inspire sustained investment in the natural beauty, and raise awareness of the unifying social importance of our oceans and beaches. This project is meant to show that dance has remarkable range of possibilities.
The series aspires to become a Rockaway Beach annual summertime tradition providing a unique platform for contemporary choreographers and dancers to connect with a new audience, and offering beachgoers and dance lovers a fresh and exciting way to experience the waterfront, its concessions, and the local Rockaway community.
Beach Sessions is partnering with Surfrider Foundation,an organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans and beaches, to have organized beach clean-ups after each dance performance. By participating in the clean-up, a drink ticket will be handed out to Rippers at Beach 86th to enjoy a nice cool refreshment sponsored by SixPoint Brewery.