Lively dance duo comes to NPAC

  • Tue Apr 13th, 2010 9:13pm

Enterprise staff

An exciting and innovative dance performance, Kenichi Ebina &Company: New Moves, hits the stage at the Northshore Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. April 17.

Ebina is a self-taught dance performer from Japan who started out dancing freestyle hip-hop and then expanded his style to poppin’, lockin’, mime, house, jazz, contemporary and ethnic dance — as well as martial arts, comedy and visual illusion. Ebina will perform the New Moves show with his dance partner, Takahiro Ueno.

In 2001, Ebina founded a dance group with all Japanese dancers that won first place in the final grand championship of “Amateur Night” at the world-famous Apollo Theater. In 2007, he appeared in the dance contest “Showtime at the Apollo” as a solo performer and became the grand champion of the 2007 season after winning seven times. Ebina is the only two-time grand champion in the Apollo Theater history.

Ebina’s first full-length show premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has performed and taught in the United States, Europe, Russia, China, Japan and Australia. He also has performed, directed and choreographed many projects with dance and theater companies.

Teens are invited to learn under Ebina at a free hip-hop workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. April 17 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center. A limited number of spots are open in the class, which is geared to beginners but also is suitable for students with some dance experience looking to add new moves to their repertoire. Call 425-408-7997 or e-mail to register.