January 25th, 2020 marked the 2nd year Mighty4 made it’s way to Anchorage, Alaska. This year we had several special guests flying into Anchorage to share their knowledge and energy with the Alaskan Hip Hop cultural dance scene.
Prior to the main event, Ives Viray, Jermine Bulaong, and Paulskeee of Rock Force Crew were able to conduct Mighty4 promotional workshops, lectures and appearances at the following venues:
Rogers Park Elementary with Jerms and Ives Rock Force Crew
Underground Dance studio workshop with Ives and Paulskeee
West Anchorage High School with Ives
University of Alaska Anchorage with Ives and Paulskeee
KTVA11 Day Break news show appearance featuring Ives and Frozen Flow dancers.
The main event weekend kicked off with Mighty4 special guest from Oakland, California, Simone Hufana (2018 National Youth Entrepreneurship Champion, Rock Force Crew) releasing her latest product, Color Herstory 2nd edition hosted at the Writers Block Book Store & Cafe. Be sure to check out her work at www.simonehufana.com and www.colorherstory.shop
The next morning began with workshops held at Underground Dance Company Studio featuring guest dance artists JoJo Diggs (Las Vegas), Ronnie (Redbull BC one All Star), Kareem, Ives, Jerms, Paulskeee (Rock Force Crew) sharing their many years of expertise within their craft.
Following the workshops was a question and answer panel of all the special guests and surprise visit from world champion BBoy Twixx of the Massive Monkees Seattle who also shared his wisdom with the Alaskan dancers.
Later that afternoon sparked off the 2nd year anniversary located at Drift Gallery Dance studio. Opening performances included Underground Dance Company and Filipino Cultural Group El Shaddai Youth. True to form, Mighty4 stands by its mission statement of “spreading cultural awareness through art worldwide.”
Next up featured an open styles 7 to smoke competition with Christian Cadavos of Artistic Drift Crew taking first place.
Dance performances included Friendship Dancers, Pacific Bloom Dance Company, East High Dance Contempo, Dance West, and Artistic Drift.
Veteran B-Boy James Delcastillo aka Figment received the Mighty4 Appreciation Award for his contributions to Alaskan Hip Hop culture.
Alaskan BBoy Champion received a special recognition from Anchorage city official, George Martinez, Assemblyman Kameron Perez Verdia, and phone in by State Representative Geran Tarr.
The 2vs2 open styles competition winners were Alaska’s own Damian Guerrero aka Dmin & Taija Osborne aka Lil T who entered as KonTaijas Mindz.
The 1vs1 Breaking competition winner B-boy Tahu flew in from South Carolina and inspired the crowd.
Cypher King and Queen awards were given to Demvir of Hawai’i and Zoey of Artistic Drift Alaska.
Big thanks to our special guest DJ Lean Rock for holding it down on the 1’s and 2’s:
Words from head organizer of Mighty4 Alaska BBoy Ives: Mighty 4 Alaska 2nd Year is honestly something that I will always remember in my heart. It reassured me that there is still hope for our Hip-Hop community in Alaska and will soon be a place where people from around the world will recognize for it’s arts. I’d like to thank everyone that contributed to this beautiful event: Irene Rose Antonio, Bryan Pentecostes, James Delcastillo, Jermain Bulaong, Gabe Harvey, Ernest Gray, Marcus Freeman, Don Chon and Diana Reyes.
Following the event weekend, organizer Ives Viray was recognized by the Anchorage assembly for his contributions to the city of Anchorage and state of Alaska as an international champion, educator, and organizer which included an impromptu performance for the assembly!