To kickoff the 16th TBA Festival, step into the thriving Pacific Northwest street-and-club dance community and experience a 7-to-smoke freestyle dance battle, The Beautiful Street, where dancers will compete, round for round, in the styles of breakdance, hip-hop, house, locking, popping, vogue, waacking, and more. Celebrating individuality, creativity, and technique, freestyle dancers are fueled by the music, each other, and the crowd. This battle will engage and inspire. The dance battle will be followed by an epic dance party!
Katie Janovec is a freestyle dancer, popper, performer, teacher and event producer. She created The Beautiful Street to connect, support, and promote the Northwest street and club dance community. Katie continues to dive deeper into street and club dance culture through traveling, battling, learning from teachers who share the history, and creating community events. She is currently the Fundraising Coordinator at The Aspire Project.
Brandon Harrison is the founder and father of the kiki House of Flora. He is also the founder of the #PDXBall, an inclusive QTPOC-centered event that involves voguing, runway, and other competitive categories. In the major ballroom scene outside of Portland, Brandon is a part of the legendary House of Mizrahi. He is part of a small group who is working to build Portland’s kiki ballroom scene.
Jesus Rodales is a Hillsboro native. He started his dance career as a freestyler, specializing in Tutting and Popping. He is co-founder of Find A Way Threads, a lifestyle brand dedicated to its self-explanatory purpose. Through Find A Way, they hope to help create opportunities for their community!