Jookin is the Memphis flavor, the Memphis style. Its a type of hip hop dance that came from out of the clubs and off of the streets of Memphis. What started in the 80s with people bouncing around a crowded club has been honed by countless boombox-powered street battles into a flurry of footwork and slinky body moves. The grace and precision on display at the U-Dig Dance Academys studio is even more astounding when you realize that jookin is for the most part an improvisational dance.
But the U-Dig Dance Academy is about more than just promoting and expanding a uniquely Memphis dance form, its about enriching the lives of the kids through engaging after-school programs, shows, and community outreach. Many of the young dancers have few other opportunities to experience the performing arts first hand. There is also a documentary in the works about jookin's past and present. As U-Digs mottos says, This is more than dance.
special thanks to
Ladia Y. Yates
original music by
Produced by Live From Memphis ( http://www.livefrommemphis.com ) and
the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau ( http://www.memphistravel.com )
produced and directed by Sarah Fleming ( http://www.livefrommemphis.com/sarah ) and Christopher Reyes ( http://www.livefrommemphis.com/christ... )
additional videography and editing by Brad Phelan ( http://www.livefrommemphis.com/brad ) and Eric Swartz ( http://www.livefrommemphis.com/eric )
additional location audio by Chad White
production assistance by Shelly Gillette
Animation titles and graphic design by Alex Harrison