Give It To You Stage
Saturday, October 8 8:00 pm / Tickets $15 / Preview
A dance-theater critique of pop celebrity, Yackez was created by Larissa and Jon Velez-Jackson and features their Queer dance ensemble. The Yackez Dance culminates five years of their underground performances into a large-scale dance musical combining group improvisation, ballroom dance forms, older adult fitness, and pro-wrestling maneuvers into an unforgettable spectacle.
Yackez is the arty rap group/multimedia collaboration of Larissa and Jon Velez-Jackson, aka Twitta and Papi Jon. Larissa Velez-Jackson is a choreographer and hybrid artist, and a 2016 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Grants To Artists award in dance as well as a 2016 nominee for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer for the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" awards. Jon Velez-Jackson is a songwriter, writer, and full-time journalist who also serves as the group’s wrestling coach. The married duo often performs with their beloved mascot YackMan and The Yackez Dancers (Tyler Ashley, Laurie Berg, Lillie De, Antonio Ramos, and Ashley R.T. Yergens). Give It To You Stage features senior adult dancers from Larissa’s New York City-wide dance-fitness classes.