FALL | October 9 - 13, 2018

B-FREE is a festival celebrating innovative expression and progressive action in hip-hop and street dance culture.

Collaborating with internationally recognized hip-hop nonprofits Words Beats & Life of Washington D.C. and Kuumba Lynx of Chicago, B-FREE features workshops, performances, panel discussions and a community dance jam and competition. This fall, the B-Series coincides with our presentation of the Chicago debut of Ephrat Asherie Dance.


Tuesday, October 9 | 6:30–8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Hip-Hop Fusion, Hybridization, Identity and Ethics

624 S. Michigan, Room 1409

Thursday–Saturday, October 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Ephrat Asherie Dance, Odeon
Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue (Theater)

Thursday October 11
Post-Performance Conversation: Panel Discussion: “Hip-Hop/Street Dance on the Concert Stage”
immediately following performance in the theater
featuring choreographers Ephrat Asherie, Litebulb and BRAVEMONK on opportunities and challenges, moderated by T. Ayo Alston

Friday October 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Performance Talk: “Moving Beyond Beauty: Finding Meaning in Dance”
presented by Dr. Peter Carpenter, interim chair of the Theatre Department
at Sherwood Community Music School Recital Hall, 1312 Michigan Avenue

Saturday, October 13
Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue



11:30 p.m. Registration for Workshop & Battle Sign-UPs
(First Come/First Served)

12-1:00 p.m. Dance Workshop with Ephrat Asherie Dance (studio 300)

12:30 p.m.    DOORS OPEN FOR B-FREE Jam (Theater)
A dance party and competition with performances and awards
Featuring a 2V2 Open-Styles Battle

1:30 p.m. Prelims Begin, Registration Closes

3:45 p.m. Performance by Qudus Onikeku

4:30 P.m. JUDGES Showcase, Final Battle & Awards

Judges: Fabulous Freddie Ninja, Natural1 and Vero
DJs: Vader and Sir Limitless

Winners of the Open-Styles battle receive round-trip flights to attend/compete in the Juste Debout U.S. Qualifier hosted by Words Beats & Life Inc. in Washington, D.C. on Nov 1 and 2, 2018!

Get FREE Awards presented by Kuumba Lynx & secret guest judges:

Get Free Community Award – an individual or organization representing innovation and progressive action through hip hop at the community level
Get Free Cypher Awards – dancers who best embody freedom and innovation in the cyphers

B-Series, Spring 2017, photo by Philip Dembinski.

B-Series, Spring 2017, photo by Philip Dembinski.

B-Series, Spring 2017, photo by Philip Dembinski.

B-Series, Spring 2017, photo by Philip Dembinski.