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Break-Dancing for Safe Space Benefit

November 14, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

Safe Space's cocktail benefit Boylan Studios Thursday, 11.08.01, 8 PM to 12 AM
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Following the attacks on September 11, there's been an emphasis on comfort: comfort food, comfort clothes and a return to familiarity. At Safe Space's benefit cocktail party at Boylan Studios, comfort entertainment made its debut: Two troupes of break-dancers performed the dance style that probably took the young crowd of approximately 600 twentysomethings and thirtysomethings back to their comfortable youths in the 80's, an era often defined by break-dancing, Madonna and Michael Jackson.

Dancers from the Full Circle Souljahs and Street Life (a group of young performers from Safe Space, a homeless youth service program) performed in a small space in front of the DJ booth, where DJs Chris Santos, Jamal Ali and percussionists (all from Rhythm Collective) played an eclectic mix of dance music.

The event also featured red fabric draped across the studio's ceiling, red lighting, and abstract animated red and white images projected onto white disks suspended from the ceiling by Ultravision. Artist Anton Kandinsky displayed a collection of his paintings in a space off to the side that included more wall projections from Ultravision. Safe Space's event was held to raise money for a 24-hour drop-in shelter in Manhattan.

--Suzanne Ito

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