Turf Dancing: distinctively Oakland

Turf Dancing has its earliest origins in the Oakland Boogaloo movement of California in the 1960s, developing into a separate genre of dance in the 1990s. Along with hyphy music, it came to be seen as distinctively representative of Oakland. 

Here is a second video featuring a few of the same dancers, however this one is an homage to their friend, Kenneth "211" Ross, who was killed by Oakland police in December 2009, just a few months after his 18th birthday. 

A big thank you to Yak Films for producing and sharing this footage. If you've never heard of them, "YAK is a production team of young filmmakers dedicated to youth-led multimedia production which provides a voice for resistance and an alternative to played-out mainstream media."