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“Groovaloo” Has the Audience Dancing

The music pumps to the very core of your body from start to finish.

You can’t help but get wrapped up in the movement of the group of the 14 dancers you watch on stage.

They relay their stories to the audience through music and dance about the struggle they went through in order to be professionals. You can’t help but cheer when they flip, head-spin, break dance, pop, tap and almost fly. You’ll get trapped in the world that is “Groovaloo” once you see what it’s all about, and you’ll keep wanting more.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, the winners of NBC’s “Superstars of Dance”, Groovaloo, took the Staller stage by storm.

The stage was decorated with a new set painted with graffiti, new flashing lights and smoke machines while hip-hop, rap, pop and other energizing music blasted through the amps.

The audience was already dancing before the sold out 8p.m. show began.

The dancers of “Groovaloo” have also appeared on  “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

After their Saturday night appearance, it was clear people wanted to see more of them at Stony Brook.

Energy is the best word to describe every aspect that is Groovaloo. From the music to the dancers,  you can’t help but get lost in their constantly moving world. The show was infused with so many dances and stories that the 85 minutes flew by.

The crowd cheered most when there was a mirror performance. Two of the guys in the crew danced together and replicated each other’s moves as if they were looking into a mirror at each other. Every move they made was on point. The audience was eating the performance up and they wanted seconds and thirds.

The story lines that the performers were dancing to, were real-life stories from some of the members of the group.

Steven “BoogieMan” Stanton had one of the most challenging struggles of all. He was shot in his lower back and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk again, let alone dance.

His mom always reminded  him of the power of mind over matter and with the support of his friends, BoogieMan was on stage. Dancing.

Groovaloo’s founder, Bradley “Shooz” Rapier, said that their show is meant to inspire anyone to celebrate their passion and purpose. Shooz has won many awards and honors for his choreography, but when he was younger, he studied to be a doctor so he could open a  practice with his father. Instead he followed his passion and wants to send that same message to anyone who will watch and listen.

After an antsy audience had been listening to the body shaking music for over 20-minutes, they were ready for the show.

From backstage came the man who would give the audience what they wanted. He stood in the middle of the stage and said, “Everybody please clap your hands and scream for GROOVALOO!”

The show began.

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