Good things come in threes.

Top-notch dancers, musicians and rappers will offer free shows in Springfield Park on three consecutive nights next week.

The fun will begin with infectious rhythms and outstanding acrobatics starring the Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company and Pretty BIG Movement on Wednesday, July 5, starting at 7 p.m. The night includes a workshop.

Founded in Philadelphia by husband-and-wife team Kyle and Dinita Clark, Just Sole! performs at festivals around the East Coast with a style that has been described as “dance fireworks.” The troupe is dedicated to teaching, preserving and promoting the various styles that fall under the hip-hop umbrella. Their choreography, which includes everything from locking to popping to freestyle, often tells personal stories with the backdrop of modern urban culture.

Meanwhile, NYC-based Pretty Big is a “full-figured” dance company consisting of plus-sized women who shake and groove to such genres as hip-hop, jazz, modern and various African styles. The seven members perform all over the place, including at weddings and bar mitzvahs, but they also facilitate workshops on empowerment and fight what founder Akira Armstrong terms “size discrimination.”

Queens-born trumpeter Tom Browne will bring jazz to the Springfield Gardens park on Thursday, July 6, at 7 p.m. Known by his nickname “Jamaica Funk,” this passionate musician is famous for his lively stage persona and earnest playing style which have allowed him to connect to audiences for more than 30 years.

Finally, Slick Rick the Ruler will be the main act on Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m. A lyrical storyteller with a signature eye patch and gaudy jewelry, the British-born rapper was a pioneer of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop in the 1980s as a member of the Get Fresh Crew with Doug E. Fresh. He’s the most-sampled rapper of all time as his words and beats appear in more than 600 tracks by other artists.

Sound good, but who’s got the beat? Slick Rick will be accompanied by Grand Wizard Theodore, a Bronx-born deejay who claims to have invented scratching, needle drops and other turntable tricks.

Top photo: City Parks Foundation; bottom photo: Pretty BIG Movement


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