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AUG 2015

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 35 street shows. Shyjuan Davis is 26 and the crew's tumbler. He does straight-bodied fips called "layouts" for fun, sometimes wearing snakeskin pants, leather loose. He parts the audience sea, gets a running start, then grand-fnale fips over "three and a half people," including one "tall sexy white guy" and one shorty (the "half "). Bright-eyed, he helps Young lead the crowd, their jokes racy: "Hold up — a black guy gave us $20? Check to see if it's real." Te newest addition: Cameron Coy. Boy, was Young surprised to fnd him two years ago at a middle school pep rally where the crew performed. Coy, then 13, volunteered himself to battle and shocked 'em all — this little white boy "bone breaking," a style of street dance marked by rhythmic contortionist movements, pulling arm or shoulder or whatever seemingly out of place. Taught himself that. Like Davis solo-mastered the "matrix" — bending his knees almost to touch the ground, bent back like in the movie. Like Young taught himself the "baby" and other freezes — holding balanced poses. Like Tomas and the "fare," a momentum move creating a kind of body tornado on only hands. When Young watches Tomas' lower half twist in a mid-air V, he yells, "Straight legs!" Tey're all each others' gurus. If this were the weekend, the boys would shimmer 10-or-so-minute sets every 10 or 15 minutes. Te tip jar, a small foldable laundry hamper or Young's backpack, would fll as the dancers switched of improvisations, dancing to bass music and Michael Jackson and "Homegrown" by Zac Brown Band. "Real dancers can dance to anything," Young says. Te marvel would suggest a magic show: mouths dropped, kid's ice cream melting — Young has seen it. Te guys would work the goofy. Make it cool to be uncomfortable. Bring people together, which is "diamond." Awesome. A cop might dance by on his Segway. A little girl could spin on her head. For Young, everyone should be dancing. "It's ageless, raceless," he says. "Universal." Tough he always gets the same excuses: "too old," "too white." He doesn't accept those, not after that tall, lanky 47-year- old business accountant "toprocked" — a b-boy's quick kick then side-step — at Drake's in St. Matthews, where the guys sometimes go to dance. Young thought he was hallucinating. Tought he had something in his drink. Tonight, Young wants to go to a bar on Baxter Avenue to drink. Tat's when the fun begins. Te new-move experimentation, LED dance foor fickering, no trick of the light. He asks Tomas if he wants to battle. Te DJ goes on at 11. Young has been thinking about it all day. gocards.com

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