Quick Style – Dance Workshop @ Studio Candle
A Touch of Art in Niigataは、アートを中核にスポーツや音楽などのユースカルチャーを通じ、地域や社会の課題に取り組むプロジェクトとして、アーティストやアスリートと共に次世代を作る子供や若者が様々な経験や体験を得られる場所や機会を設け、新たな可能性や創造性の発見に繋げる活動を行っています。
今回は、これまでに世界30カ国50都市以上でステージパフォーマンスやワークショップを行い、コレオグラファーとしても活躍しているノルウェーのダンスチームQuick Styleの協力を得て、3月24日に新潟市のダンススタジオSTUDIO CANDLEにて、ハンディキャップを持った子供達と、言葉を必要としないコミュニケーション手段のダンスによる国際交流を目的としたワークショップを行いました。
Quick Styleによるプログラム構成は、言葉の壁を越え、楽しみながらダンスによる自己表現方法などを子供たちに伝えられたと思います。そこには、終始笑顔があり、プログラムの最後に、サークルの中で個々の得意のダンスを披露する場面で、長年子供たちの活動を見守ってきたスタジオオーナーも驚くほどのダンスをQuick Styleに披露してくれた背景があります。
A touch of Art in Niigata is a project to tackle regional and social issues through youth culture such as sports and music with art as the core. This project along with artists and athletes, has been providing places and opportunities where children and youths who are responsible for the next generation to gain various experiences that will lead them to discover new possibilities and creativities.
In March 24th at STUDIO CANDLE in Niigata city, Quick Style, a dance crew/choreographer from Norway who had performed on stage and conducted workshop at more than 50 cities in 30 countries, had helped organizing a workshop for disabled children, aiming at cross cultural communication by using dance as common language. Program composition by Quick Style went beyond the language barrier, children could learn how to express themselves while having fun. There were smiles everywhere throughout the workshop, owner of the studio who has been watching and supporting these children for many years was impressed when each kid performed their favorite dance move in a circle at the end of program.
Special thanks goes out to Quick Style and all the boosters who had helped this program to come true.
Quick Styleは、彼らの地元ノルウェー・オスロの青少年向けのクラブ活動の一旦として結成された。国内のコンテストを総ナメにし、2009年、世界的な人気を誇る番組『America’s Got Talent』のノルウェー版『Norway’s Got Talent』で勝利をおさめ、SONYミュージックと契約。ノルウェー各地の大規模なショーで観客を沸かせた後、その類まれなダンススキルをYouTubeに投稿すると、瞬時にして海外からの認知を得ることに。彼らの快進撃は止まることを知らず、スタジオ”Quickstyle Studio”をオープンさせた2010年以降、世界30ヵ国50都市以上のステージで、ワークショップ、フェスやイベントでのパフォーマンス等を展開。オフィシャルYouTubeチャンネルは、視聴回数2,000万回を超える人気チャンネルとなっている。
The Quick Style stands for a way of living, thinking and to inspire. Our unique style within dance which are influenced by various different cultures, but are highly affected by the Hip Hop genre. The creation of Quick Style started in 2006 as Quick Crew because of our burning desire to dance brought us together. Quick Crew consists of Suleman Malik, Bilal Malik and Nasir Sirikhan. We all grew up in Oslo and spent most of our times at youth clubs. It was at the youth clubs we discovered the art of dance and decided to give it a go. The Quick Style is an expression that is used in conjunction/association with Quick Crew and Quick Style Studio.
In 2006 we participated at a local and national youth culture competition and won the scholarship. Quick Crew attended Norwegian Championships, European Championships and World Championships within the Hip Hop genre. We repeatedly won the Norwegian Championship and the 2nd place in the European Championship, and twice winners in the World Championship in the year 2008 and 2010.
In 2009 Quick Crew won “The Norwegian Got Talent” and signed an artist contract with Sony Music. We performed around the country at the biggest events such as “VG List Top 20”. We were discovered through Youtube and are still travelling around the world today, teaching, motivating and inspiring others to discover the same passion and fun in the art of dance. We have been working hard and have already built a name for ourselves internationally and our goal is to be the most demanded dance crew in the world.
Quick Crew have had sponsorships with major brands like Samsung, Redbull, Monster and Nike. We have influenced in creating a stronger brand as an entertainer in the entertainment industry. We appeared on television shows such as “Shall We Dance ”, “Star Game”, “Norwegians Got Talent” and “My Dance Crew” as contestants, judges and guest performers. In 2009 we also started the Quick Style Studio.
The Quick Style Studio is a place for the new and the young generation where they can learn about dance, the different styles and cultures. The studio has since 2009 more than 200 members. Currently the Quick Style Studio is the most popular dance studio in the country. Today the Studio has a team of 10 instructors. The team is responsible for administrative, social media, photography, design and other task that are given to the instructors. Quick Style has grown tremendously in the recent years in Norway, and internationally.
At the moment Quick Style is involved in artist management, dance studios, shows, classes, teaching, workshops and judging in international events and competitions. We are working together with a Korean record label and provide a choreography for the K-Pop music industry. We have been living and working in various cultures and destinations in Asia, such as Japan and China. We just opened a dance studio in Chengdu 2016.