If Cities Could Dance: Oakland Turfing

If you’ve spent any time in Oakland, you’ve probably witnessed some turfing. The homegrown dance happens everywhere: on BART, at the First Friday art walk, at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena and even in music videos for Bay Area rap stars…

If Cities Could Dance: Oakland Turfing

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If you’ve spent any time in Oakland, you’ve probably witnessed some turfing. The homegrown dance happens everywhere: on BART, at the First Friday art walk, at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena and even in music videos for Bay Area rap stars like E-40 and G-Eazy.

Turfing emerged on Oakland streets in the early 2000s, and has become synonymous with regional urban culture. Local crew Turf Feinz came along in the mid-2000s, and their work has been critical in taking turfing to the international stage. In this episode of “If Cities Could Dance”, directed by Yak Film’s Yoram Savion, we meet Oakland dance stars Zeus, Yung Phil and Icecold3000. Watch as they dance in front of the Creators Gone Create turfing mural in West Oakland, MacArthur BART station and Youth UpRising teen center in East Oakland to the music of Drew Banga and Jwalt, also featuring Mistah Fab.

Read more here: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13856335/if-cities-could-dance-oakland

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