There are friends and there is family, but what if your friends are your family? The Ruggeds have known each other since their teenage years. They grew up together and became their own version of a family, not because of DNA, but because of their shared experience. The Ruggeds are also unique, just like any family. In Between Us, the crew invite you into their world. A mix of music, acrobatics, humour and dance mean that it’s always a party with them.
It’s actually a unique opportunity to see The Ruggeds at the Dutch Dance Festival because, although they are based in Eindhoven, they have been travelling the world for years. Last year they were holed up in Hollywood for months on end for their participation in World of Dance. They have also performed in large-scale dance events like Red Bull BC One, Juste Debout and The Dance, at Sadler’s Wells and at the Breakin’ Convention. They have also shared the stage with international artists like Rita Ora and Justin Bieber. Their power lies in their personal approach to breakdancing. Each member of the crew is unique, and together they are Rugged; raw and unpolished. A few raw edges is what gives someone their personality. ‘We have always fought, not just to win, but to be the best version of ourselves. Above all, we’re a crew, a family, and we are as colourful as the sum of of us all.’
Jessy 'Jazzy Gypz' Kemper, Leelou Demierre, Niek Traa, Rico 'Zoopreme' Coker, Roy Overdijk, Sjoerd 'Stepper' Poldermans, Tawfiq Amrani, Virgil 'Skychief' Dey
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