Other than food, there is little that can bring people together like music and dancing. A Los Angeles-based dance group relies on this community-building ability of music to help heal and unite two very important LA communities.
The High Off Energee dance group is committed to spreading joy and promoting unity through dance.
Despite – or perhaps because of – the very difficult times we find ourselves in (from the ongoing pandemic to police brutality and racial injustice), the LA-based dance group High Off Energee is working hard. to bring joy and unity through a fusion of cultures. The group gave pop-up performances in the Los Angeles area and quickly became known for their very high energy.
The group’s dance steps are impressive and their energy is very contagious. But it’s their ability to unite people that really makes an impression on the people of Southern California. The group is committed to raising awareness of social issues through their art.
“We are all for love and unity. We just want everyone to come together and let everyone know that everything will be fine with a laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. “
The group’s videos have accumulated millions of views.
One of the group’s most viral videos is of their merengue in Santee Alley in downtown LA, when others have joined them for the classic ‘La Vaca’.
“When people watch this video and they see me with my friend Dre dancing at the start, then you see my little one compa my little tío come in, I’m like, wow, ”Tiaunt Lewis, a member of the dance group, told ABC7 News. “When it happened I just got chills. I got so happy.
“We dance a lot to Spanish music because that’s what a lot of people like. And then we bring cultures together and stuff like that, ”Ray Dobson, another member of the group, told ABC7 News.
The group is committed to bringing joy to people but also to making a difference.
Many of the group met in high school and started dancing long before they went viral on TikTok. But that was at the height of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests last summer that helped shape their plan as a dance group.
Speaking to LA Taco, the three friends described how the Latino community of SoCal supported them largely out of solidarity against police brutality and racism. And High Off Energee decided they needed to give the same level of energy and support back to their Latino neighbors.
“We felt like we had to tap into our Latino community because we realized they were having issues as well,” Tiant Lewis, better known as Chocolate Uno, told Instagram to LA Taco. “Both issues are important and we wanted to let them know that we are also there for them, so we decided to attend the La Raza demonstration for children in cages.”
The group also made its presence and support known at a community protest for Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by police last summer. They also came out to support street vendors across Los Angeles, who have become frequent victims of racist and violent attacks.
With everything going on in the world, it’s beautiful to see communities supporting each other and having fun doing it. You can find High Off Energee giving their best performances at various locations in Los Angeles. Follow them on social media for more information.
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