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TEDxBoston 2012Hip Hop for Hope
As a multi-cultural organization that honors diversity through the art of urban dance, Phunk Phenomenon endeavors to promote community along with ethnic and personal empowerment . Watch Phunk Phenomenon and the younger group, Lil Phunk as they rock the stage at TEDxBoston 2012.Show Biography
In 1995, Reia Briggs-Connor (former New England Patriot Cheerleader) created R&B Entertainment, a full dance theater company. After three successful seasons as a Patriot Cheerleader, Mrs. Briggs-Connor returned to her professional dance and entertainment industry roots.
With the assistance of Corey Israel, (long time Alvin Ailey student) Ms. Briggs developed Phunk Phenomenon as a satellite of R&B Entertainment. Phunk Phenomenon is Boston’s only full service dance and promotional arm.
Composed of New England’s (the Tri-State area in particular) finest male and female dance and promotional talent, the Phunk Phenomenon combines these unique multi-ethnic, multicultural urban artists to create a intriguing blend of modern and traditional dance styles. The end result is a provocative dance performance with a unique synthesis of style and appearance. And, Phunk Phenomenon’s signature is its cross-cultural fusion of traditional, contemporary “street” dance formats with highlights of modern dance, ballet, tap and various music forms (jazz, house, hip hop, tribal, and Latin).
Under girding the creative and artistic aspects of the performance is a bedrock of thought-provoking positive messages. As a multi-cultural organization that honors our diversity and celebrates our individual ethnic heritages, Phunk Phenomenon endeavors to promote community, ethnic and personal empowerment. Through its work, Phunk Phenomenon encourages individuals and communities to raise their unique ‘voices and views’ to create constructive changes personally, locally and globally. This type of social entrepreneurship is reflected in Phunk Phenomenon’s mission, values and leadership.
For more information, visit: http://phunkphenomenon.com/
Reia Briggs Connor is a former New England Patriots cheerleader who is the owner/director of Phunk Phenomenon- featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6, in April 2011. Reia is also the director/choreographer for the Boston Celtics Junior Dance Team, Lilphunk.
Reia has choreographed and worked for many sports teams and charitable foundations such as WNBA, NCAA, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Make-A-Wish, and also for celebrities Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Maroon 5, Usher and many more.
In 2006, Reia and her husband Rick received news that their son Jared suffers from a rare disease known as Sanfilippo Syndrome. Instead of ending Phunk Phenomenon, she and the dancers are using it as a tool to raise awareness, aiding in the research for a treatment or cure. Their movement is Hip Hop for Hope. For more information, visit www.Jaredsfight.orgShare |