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34 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 A BIT DEEPER Street Beats By Arielle Christian / Photos by Adam Mescan Meet the dance crew that will fip you out. Sunny weekday on the Big Four Bridge, a little after the freedom of 5 p.m. K'naan's hip-hop-hyped "ABC's" blares from a new-school Lasonic boombox with an old-school look — Bluetooth meets big red speakers. Lamar Young feels out the beat, light on his feet. He breakdances, bounces right foot crossing left, spins down, wheels his legs around and, hands on the ground, taps left toe, heel, toe. Passersby pause as they round the bridge's fnal incline, reach fatness, see the 27-year-old in all black on his back, then standing on his head, dancing like freworks. Young's just practicing, messing around. He's fdgety, doesn't really know how to take breaks. Even at home, on the couch or in bed, it's dance. Days of from the movie theater spent watching the YouTube bibles — b-boy battle videos and his gods, guys who go by Flexum and Gravity — or polishing tricks at a cheer gym in Clarksville, Indiana, his hometown. Even with an injury, he's in the performance spot. On the bridge, he balances on only his hurt hand. In the zone, Young doesn't notice the people. Tunnel vision. Te sun is gone, the river is gone, the beyond-beeping trafc silenced. It's just the music, moving. Most in awe keep their distance. A marathon runner sprints up, joins Young by failing his arms around, laughing. A grandma squishes a dollar in her hand but walks on. If this were a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, there would be a semicircle of people gathered around Young and his four-person crew, Bhangaz, named for their explosiveness, from subtle to BAM! Tey perform street shows around Louisville, mainly on the Big Four (gotta beat the hot dog vendor to their spot), but also at the St. James Court Art Show, the Flea Of Market, the Kentucky State Fair, among other festivals; in cities from St. Louis to Las Vegas and back to the Florida panhandle, Panama City Beach craziness; and at competitions such as JAMFest and Hip Hop International in L.A. Maurice Tomas, aka Reese, stands by the bridge rail, studies Young's moves, calls out, "Can't slide on concrete!" (Didn't bring the stage today. For performances they use a large linoleum or cardboard square to get down.) Tomas is the crew's popper-slash- waver, contracting and relaxing muscles so quickly it looks like slow motion. Some people read between the lines, but Tomas reads between the beats. Earlier, he started a jerky wave from the tip of his fnger to his wrist, across his arm and over his shoulder, down to his chest thumping to Naughty Boy's "La La La." He popped of his bowler hat, placed it back on his head, which is full of determination to make dance a traveling career. Ten he blew a kiss to Young, which made Young's face twist in disgust, lean as if to miss it, look toward the river to see it foat on. Tey're funny like that. Like brothers. Competitive but sincere. Have been since they met years back at the now-closed Club Oasis of Hurstbourne Parkway. Turned from intimidation stares to dance battles — "Less like a battle, more like I whooped him," Tomas gloats — to friendship. Been a lot of changes in the Lou crew since Young moved back from Vegas, where he lived and learned the ins-and-outs of

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