February 21st Featured Performer – Dancin’ Dave
David “Dancin’ Dave” Marcotte could be considered a household name in the Twin Cities Hip Hop community. His love of movement began with studying martial arts at the young age of six. Later on, as a teenager, he expanded this passion into dance when he began studying the Westcoast Funk Styles, first with the St. Paul based Groove Nutz Crew and after that with Minnesota B-Boys Damien “Daylight” Day, Jason “J-Sun” Noer and Travis “Sequel” Johnson.
David now performs with many Hip Hop groups around the Twin Cities, in addition to being a member of The GrooveFellas, the premiere Popping/Funk Style group in the Midwest. He is also a member of Minneapolis based Hip-Hop influenced eclectic dance group called “Collective” with whom he performs and teaches extensively both in the Twin Cities and around the Midwest. David was a feature performer in the Walker Art Center’s “”Hip-Hop Heroes and Innovators” at the Southern Theater, where he had the honor of working with such legends as the Electric Boogaloos and Don “Cambellock” Cambell.
Dancin’ Dave became nationally known as one of the original Red Bull Beatriders after participating in weeklong workshops with Masters of Hip-Hop Dance, an event that was sponsored by Red Bull. He competes and judges competitions both locally and nationally and has even been brought to Europe several times in the last few years as a dance instructor, competition judge, and featured performer. David continues to teach and perform bringing with him wherever he goes a deep comprehensive knowledge of both his crafts as well as the various elements of Hip Hop culture.
The Golden Thyme Coffee Café and the Saint Paul Almanac are pleased to announce the “Soul Sounds Open Mic,” hosted by Tish Jones! The “Soul Sounds Open Mic” series is held every Thursday, with a special pre-performance writing workshop on the first Thursday of each month.
The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden Thyme Coffee Café at 921 Selby Avenue (corner of North Milton Street) in Saint Paul, MN 55104. All ages are welcome, and there is no cover charge. Every first Thursday, a writing workshop will be held an hour before the open mic begins, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
About Host Tish Jones
Tish Jones, Community Engagement Director for the Saint Paul Almanac, is a spoken word artist, writer, educator, organizer, and activist in the Twin Cities. She has worked as a teaching artist with Pillsbury House Theater, Intermedia Arts, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis Public Schools (Arts for Academic Achievement), Kulture Klub, and many other arts organizations. She received the 2009 Artist of the Year Award from City Pages and was Female Spoken Word Artist of the Year at the Minnesota Spoken Word Association’s Urban Griots Awards in 2009.
About the Soul Sounds Open Mic
The Soul Sounds Open Mic is a platform for encouraging literacy within the Saint Paul community through leadership, mentoring, and relationship building. Unlike actors and many musicians, writers typically work in isolation, so building and supporting a literary community can be a challenge.
The “open mic” format, together with a featured performer, is designed to foster leadership; encourage connecting opportunities between established, emerging, and amateur writers; and help build, strengthen, and leverage other opportunities for the Saint Paul literary community.
Featured performers are recognized as leaders in the literary arts community and are offered an opportunity to build their own audiences. The “Soul Sounds Open Mic” also provides a space to connect writers who are spoken-word based and writers who are written-word based, within the context of being artists sharing a common literary heritage and practicing their craft in Saint Paul.
The First Thursday workshops before performances will explore specific poetic devices such as alliteration, assonance, metaphor, or specific forms of poetry to investigate when developing a piece. Workshop attendees will be encouraged to share the work created in the workshop at the open mic that follows.
The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden Thyme Coffee Café at 921 Selby Avenue (corner of North Milton Street) in Saint Paul. All ages are welcome, and there is no cover charge. The First Thursday writing workshop is held an hour before the open mic begins, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.