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Furious Beauty: A Hip Hop Family (2013/Cinema Libre DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: B Documentary: B+

Join a Versa-style dance company in L.A. as they show off their moves and share their stories in Calvin Leung's documentary Furious Beauty (2013). Started by a young high school couple, the created a place the youths of Los Angeles where they can get off the streets to express themselves. Through discipline and commitment, they train to perform, but it is more than just dancing; the stories that brought them together and the soul behind their dance, that separates them from dancing for fun into an art form.

What started out as street dance competition, a young high school couple opens a dance school/studio for kids to get off the dangerous streets of L.A.. Most of them comes from poor or broken families, that they might not be well educated or have money, they have furious beauty in their lives. They create a sense of self identity and self respect. They are all different and off the streets, but when they all dance together they are family.

They say dance is an expression of the soul, and I have seen enough dance to tell the difference between just following the steps, and those who enjoy the dance ...and the dance itself is alive. You don't have to be a ballerina or world class dancer to dance beautifully. The dancing was not as much hip hop or single or couples dancing but more team and coordinated dancing, and what is beautiful is how each person expresses their own dance, but they all still dance together.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound can be rough and limited throughout, in part due to the nature of the production, but it was still watchable. Extras include behind the scenes, dancers freestyling, trailer and photo gallery.

- Ricky Chiang


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