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Red Bull Dance: Blending Street Style with Utah's Badlands

In a breathtaking fusion of urban culture and natural wonder, Red Bull Dance recently brought together a selection of top-tier street dancers to the otherworldly landscapes of the Utah Badlands.


Mar. 15 2024, Published 3:40 p.m. ET

The #5000FtFreestyle series, featuring renowned artists such as Buddy Love, Big Mijo, Lisa Li, and Mahayla Rose, not only spotlights their exceptional skills but also serves as a rallying call for the local dance community. Set to ignite excitement, the Red Bull Dance Your Style City Qualifiers are slated to kick off at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT, on Friday, March 15th at 7:00 PM MST.

Here are some of the featured dancers:

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Buddy Love

Buddy Love is a rising star in Salt Lake City's dance scene, known for his dynamic performances and magnetic stage presence. With credits including appearances on World of Dance and a remake of High School Musical, Buddy Love brings a fresh perspective to the dance floor. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, krump, and contemporary dance, Buddy captivates audiences with his versatile moves and undeniable talent. Whether he's dazzling with solo routines or leading high-energy group performances, Buddy commands attention with his electrifying presence. As a mentor and role model in his community, Buddy empowers aspiring dancers to chase their dreams and embrace their creativity. His journey is just beginning, but his impact on the dance world is already undeniable. Keep an eye out for this rising star as he continues to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of dance.

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Big Mijo

Jo'Artis Ratti, also known as Big Mijo, is a pioneering figure in the world of Krump dance. With over a decade of experience in teaching and performing Krump, Big Mijo is set to inspire a new generation of dancers with his unparalleled expertise and infectious energy. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jo'Artis Ratti graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Communications and a Minor in Theatre Arts. He is one of the original creators of Krump dance, an art form that combines character work, musicality, and creativity. Big Mijo's credits include collaborations with industry giants like Mariah Carey, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj. He is currently on tour with Mariah Carey, sharing his craft and point of view with audiences worldwide. Big Mijo is deeply committed to sharing the roots and history of Krump, fostering a deeper understanding of the art form among dancers worldwide.

Lisa Li

Lisa Engelken, also known as Lisa Li, is a visionary movement artist and cultural ambassador dedicated to the liberation of oppressed communities through dance. Her innovative choreography has graced prestigious platforms such as the San Francisco International Hip Hop Festival and the Getty Museum, earning her accolades for her profound impact on the artistic landscape. Lisa holds a degree in Social Action through the Arts and has dedicated her life's work to empowering artists and advocating for social change. As a Cultural Ambassador of Hip Hop with the U.S. State Department, Lisa has established artistic residencies in Colorado, including Backyard Sessions and Breaking Barriers. Her community activism on a local level was recently celebrated with the Denver Mayor's Award for Innovation in the Arts. Lisa's commitment to building intentional connections within the dance community has made her a respected figure and a driving force for positive change.

Mahayla Rose

Mahayla Rose is a seasoned dancer, artist and turntablist known for her powerful performances and unparalleled crowd engagement. With a background in dance and a flair for mixing beats, Mahayla creates unforgettable experiences that transcend traditional boundaries and unite audiences in celebration of music and movement. Mahayla's journey as a passionate artist, dancer, and turntablist has allowed her to seamlessly blend the worlds of music and movement, leaving a lasting impact on those who have the privilege of experiencing her performances.

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