Calling All Dancers: Take Part in the Philly Pride Dance Crew Competition

SLJ Arts Initiative is looking for a few good dance crews to perform at Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride 2013.

Local dance company SLJ Arts Initiative is looking to book some fresh talent to perform at this year’s Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant on April 21. The event kicks off Philadelphia Black Gay Pride 2013, offering up-and-coming dancers the opportunity to perform in front of a sizable crowd and, according to SLJ founder Zane Booker, the chance to “build a mentorship connection with SLJ” — which, if you ask me, is a pretty big deal in itself.

Three local dance crews will be chosen through SLJ’s Philly Pride Dance Crew Competition, led by company co-directors Justin Bryant, who also performs with Philadanco!, and Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts teacher Rashan Jackson. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize and a prime performance spot during the pageant. The runner-up and third-place teams will also score some cash and, if they’re really awesome, also get the chance to perform.

The submission process is pretty easy, but the deadline is quickly approaching: Thu., April 11 at 5 p.m. To put their leotards in the ring, dance crews are asked to submit a 2- to 3-minute dance-video link to — with “SLJ Dance Competition” in the subject line. There’s also a $10 fee and a registration form, which can be taken care of by dropping into Dance/USA (1427 Spruce St.) on Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

For more information on this year’s Philly Black Gay Pride, which takes place April 25-28, visit

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