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Credit: Summer Stage NYC

Watch women from around the world get together and get down.

The nonprofit empowerment-and-entertainment group Ladies of Hip Hop will bring breaking, popping, locking, and international dance moves to the stage at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City on Wednesday, July 12, starting at 7 p.m. As a City Parks Foundation SummerStage event, admission is free.

Founded by Michele Byrd-McPhee in 2004, the Ladies of Hip Hop crew provides a constructive outlet for females to express themselves via dance in a positive environment. The Philadelphia native’s nonprofit has chapters from Canada to China, and members tour the world with high-energy “Montäzh” performances that explore women and their relationship to the male-dominated hip-hop culture.

The night will also feature a special guest, Amirah Sackett, a dancer, choreographer and teacher who spearheads the We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic troupe. A proud follower of Mohammed, the Chicago resident grooves to hip-hop while covered with abaya (long, black dresses) and niqab (face veils). She also lectures on the misconceptions of Islam.

The night will begin with a workshop for all ages and talent levels at 7 p.m. (Yes, the instructors will be female.) The stage acts are set for 8 p.m. Queensbridge Park is bordered by the East River on one side and Vernon Boulevard on the other. Its northern tip is near 41st Road and with its southern border in the vicinity of 21st Street.

 

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