Waterbomb 2013

The good people at Movement Lifestyle (ML) are at the forefront of all the things awesome.

For those of you who don't know, ML is a unique community based urban dance lifestyle brand. It offers dance classes out of its North Hollywood location, a national dance convention that tours to 5 different cities, special intensives with master teachers, and even a furnished house for international students to stay in. There are countless ways that ML sets itself apart from other dance studios that cater to adults/professionals in Los Angeles. But the main reason it is so special is its emphasis on community.

As a newly inducted member into the professional dance community in Los Angeles, I am slowly realizing how different life as a dancer is compared to life as a college student or even life as a person with a regular job. My friends and I are no longer on the same schedule, and our lifestyles are drastically different. Case in point: I had to leave a lovely picnic at Echo Park Lake early today to get to an afternoon rehearsal:

Post-grad Los Feliz dwellers
But even when I do meet wonderful new friends on a dance job, I don't always have the luxury of time to get to the know them. There isn't necessarily the typical post-work bar hang out or the weekend brunch event to gather one's network of "work" buddies. It seems strangely difficult for dancers to get together at social events without it being a dance related event.

And this is where the brilliant people at Movement Lifestyle come in. The creative team headed by good friend and long time dance inspiration Shaun Evaristo have recently spearheaded a number of public art-based events. Just last weekend, the ML studio in North Hollywood turned into an art gallery featuring the work of Los Angeles based artist Lucas Raynaud. The music was bumping and the studio was packed with dancers and non-dancers alike:

Photo Courtesy of: Movement Lifestyle
Now this is where I get to the main point of this post: Waterbomb 2013

Waterbomb is an organization seeking to make potable water universally accessible. It raises money by putting on social events, and then donates 50% of the proceeds to water projects around the world.

According to the website:

"WaterBomb provides an outlet for musicians, dj’s, dancers, artists,and fashion brands to showcase their passions. We are merging the excitement of a party with the purpose of helping those in need."

I can't think of a better way to spend your evening (unless you're at FYF in DTLA, then you can just donate). I'll be out of town next weekend, but I think I'll opt to buy a t-shirt and get an early start on Waterbomb 2014 (the $35 option)!

Booze. Art. Positive Change. Sounds like the best Saturday night ever.

Donate or buy your tickets here!