This video is of an Oakland dance crew called Turf Feinz. Turfing is a dance form developed in Oakland that to my eye looks like it has its roots in break dancing. But you'll see it has new features including "bonebreakin'" and "tuttin'". I first saw this video last summer on Gene's Our Oakland blog and was amazed at the agility and spontaneity expressed in this dance form. In the fall the local paper ran an article that told the back story about their dance in the rain. The dance occurs in East Oakland on the corner where their friend was killed by a hit and run driver the previous day. A minute or so into the video you see two new dancers enter the scene. Friends with no bus money, they ran half way across town to join the memorial dance. This YouTube video has had almost 3 million hits. To view it in a larger format, go here. For more "T" posts, visit ABC Wednesday.
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