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M-TV's "Kool Raul" of Supreme Soul DJs High School B-Boy Battle

By Patrice Birkendahl and Margaret T. Tobias.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Kool Raul does a one-handed hand stand while holding his foot with his other hand.Raul "RJ" Navalta, aka Kool Raul.

America's Best Dance Crew member Kool Raul, also known as RJ Navalta, of Supreme Soul is also a former Ohlone College student. He took a few hours out of his hectic recording schedule to DJ the high school B-Boy dance crew preliminaries Friday night, July 18 at the Ohlone College Amphitheater as part of All The Way Live, the Bay Area Street Dance Festival coming to Ohlone College this fall. Bboy Power Serge of Beatz n Pieces and Margaret Tobias of Passion Society partnered with Ohlone College, style2ouf.com, and Needle to the Groove, to host All The Way Live.

RJ is a member of dance crew Supreme Soul, made up of Bay Area dancers competing on M-TV's America's Best Dance Crew. The show, which attracts 7.9 million viewers each week, pits break dance crews from around the country against each other in a heart-thumping competition aired on Thursday nights. Viewers have from the end of the show until 6 a.m. the following morning to vote for their favorite bands. The two teams with the lowest votes face elimination at the end of the next week's show depending on the judges' final decision. Supreme Soul has made the cut to the final five, halfway to the finals.

Crew member RJ, who also dances in Ohlone dance crew Beatz N Pieces, traveled to China last year to perform in several cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. Other members of Beatz N Pieces crew served as judges of Friday night's event. The top eight high school dance crews were selected to compete for $300 in the Finals to be held at All the Way Live's two-day event at Ohlone College, Fremont on September 12 and 13 featuring performances, dance competitions and workshops.

The winner of the preliminary B-Boy preliminary competition was Sequoia High School, Redwood City. Other schools that will advance to final competition include Sequoia, McNair Team 1 & 2, and a hybrid team of three with students from Fremont High Schools-Mission San Jose, American and Irvington. Participating High Schools included Skyline High School, American High, McNair High, Sequoia High, Mission San Jose High School, American, Irvington and Milpitas High.

Part of the proceeds from All the way Live will benefit Passion Society, a non-profit organization that provides music and performing arts education to youth; sponsorship packages still available.

The Passion Society was formed to promote positive Hip-Hop activities and life, cultural diversity, and especially "sense of community" within the urban community and in the community at large. It also has committed to implement an annual Urban Dance Festival and offer dance workshops promoting the urban dance community, culture, student groups and performing arts educational programs. The society's project, Journey 2 Origin (J2O) provides free Hip Hop dance and performing arts workshops to children living in poverty. The past three trips to the Philippines and Thailand, (J2O) reached over 5,000 children. The mentors-Beatz n Pieces, Funkonametry, and Nu-Origin--will be volunteering their time and taking this journey once again on January, 2009.

For more information about All the Way Live, contact Margaret Tobias at (510) 909-2974.

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