APOLLO TEEN TAKEOVER 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6 PM
The Apollo Theater has served as a stage for many artists that are well known today. Many generations have come of age under the Theater’s artistic influence and we are reviving that excitement via Apollo Teen Takeover. Created by participants in the Apollo’s High School Internship Program, Apollo Teen Takeover is a celebration of art created by New York City youth. Performances and visual arts featured at this event were curated by teens for teens. Apollo Teen Takeover is the summer event for youth who share a passion for the arts; come wearing your brightest neon and chill with some of NYC’s most talented young artists.
Alexandra Esther Perez, also known as AlyKat is a 19 year hip hop dancer from Brooklyn who dabbles in many styles, Old School to New School. Specifically: pop n lock, breaking, tutting, waving, and modern hip hop. A student at Broadway Dance Center, AlyKat learned from the streets and events and choreographed stories based on her neighborhood and controversial issues. She hopes to inspire young people with her choreography. AlyKat is also an actor, doing some work in film, writing screenplays, and spoken-word poetry. You might also catch her in a rap cypher with her friends being a Femcee.
Doziac is a New York City rock band created by singer/guitarist Bryan Pasian and Rodney Castro in 2012. Originally starting off as a group that played with electronic drum tracks, Isaac Acosta left his home in Pennsylvania to join as their drummer in 2014. Since then, they have been working constantly at a number of NYC staple venues in all five boroughs including: Muchmore's, The Grand Victory, and Killmeyers. They've also been a part of festivals such as Punk Island and Hesterfest. Citing influences from Muse, Bad Brains, and Nirvana, their mix of prog and punk is something to behold. Now with their new addition of guitarist Phill Ortiz, they are ready to bring their highly energetic music and stage show to the Apollo!
Miqaa is a singer/songwriter and actress that began pursuing her dreams of being a star at the age of seven; she attended the Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts where she took part in almost every production. Some of her work includes the Broadway musical "Joseph and the Amazing Multi-Technicolored Dream Coat", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Romeo & Juliet" and her leading role as Janet Van De Graaff in "The Drowsy Chaperone". Not only did Miqaa take part in school musicals and talent shows but she has performed on the famous stage of The Town Hall for Con Edison's Annual Black History Month Celebration. Bringing soul to each note she sings is not her only knack; Miqaa also plays the Trombone and is an Alumnus of Jazz at Lincoln Center. As Miqaa's instrument director Deborah Weis once said, "She presents herself to the world with this wondrous ‘here I am’ quality just by walking in the room. She has a quality that ‘speaks’ to people around her, and will continue to ‘speak’ to the people she will be around in the future."
Reyna Guerra attends Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center , Young Dance Makers Company and Urban Dance League. Her recent credits include an off-Broadway performance number of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Modern Company performances at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Sing Sing Sing at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall’s production of West Side Story. She is grateful for the opportunity to perform at the world famous Apollo Theater and is thankful of her family and friends for always believing in her.
Tapper is a 19 year old artist from New York currently residing in Connecticut. He is the founder of “Smallestwrld”, and formed the group after recognizing his strong connection with a number of talented musicians. His passion for music started at an early age and has only continued to grow. With his 2014 collaborative mixtape “Now We’re Here”, his 2015 collaborative EP"99 Percenters/Side B", and his 2015 solo album “Temples”, tapper the god only continues to show progression as an artist. He is currently expanding his skill set into the fields of photography and audio production.