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Ana "Rokafella" Garcia

Pioneer Break Dancer

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Pioneering b-girl Ana "Rokafella" Garcia defied what was thought to be a male-only art when she fell in love with breaking and started dancing with crews around New York City. Today, Rokafella is not only a respected dancer within the hip hop community, but also a teacher who empowers young people through hip hop.

Ana "Rokafella" 's Biography

Hip-hop Sponge: "Growing up, hip-hop was just emerging, so it was just all around me, and I felt like I was absorbing it."
Childhood Escape: Basketball and dance.
Role Models: Gregory Hines, Alvin Ailey. "They don't do street dance but the barriers that they crossed help me to feel like, I'm going to be able to cross this too at some point."
Diplomatic or Direct: "Both…depending on the situation."

Amazed by the breakdancing b-boys she saw as a young girl in New York City, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia knew she wanted to break. Despite the gender barriers she had to cross along the way, Rokafella--the name she earned dancing with crews in New York City--not only became one of the b-dancers she saw growing up but a breaking legend, pioneer, and mentor to emerging b-girls.
 
With fellow breaker and husband Kwikstep, Rokafella founded and performs with the non-profit hip-hop dance company Full Circle Productions to empower young dancers through the positive power of hip-hop.

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