miss al boogie is a verb, not just a name. Called "al boogie" by some bboy friends in Breaks Kru, al originally saw the name as a joke. Yet, it stuck and she added the "miss" to assert her femininity, mostly because of assumptions made on online music and dance forums.
Despite its origin, the name is a true description of who miss al boogie is. A mover, a shaker, a go-getter. A dancer, a choreographer, a singer/songwriter. A teaching artist, an artivist, a mentor.
al can burst into song or dance with eruptive power. As a transplant to Brooklyn from South Florida, al fell quickly into the NYC dance club scene with her influence of Miami Bootyshake, Dancehall and Freestyle Hip Hop dance styles. The music & dance in these clubs, and the 80's Pop, Rock, Punk, Hip Hop, R&B, Bootyshake and Freestyle music of her childhood (along with frequent musical pilgrimages to Detroit and London) would continue to inform her voice in music and dance.
After being laid off from the behind-the-scenes side of the music industry, al accidentally fell into instructing Dance and quickly flourished in this setting with her students. As a teaching artist, she continued to educate herself in becoming a better facilitator while also balancing this new-found career with her performance life, working as a dancer on stage, TV & Film. She is considered one of the best female dancers in NYC by Bobbito Garcia and Oscar 1992.
miss al boogie also began penning her first EP and sought out musical talents that would merge her influences from past and future. She collaborated with Punk Rap great CX Kidtronik (Stones Throw, Kanye West, Saul Williams, Atari Teenage Riot) and avant-indie electronica artist & percussionist Guillermo E. Brown (Pegasus Warning, Saul Williams) to create miss al boogie's lo fi sci fi EP, a highly groovy & danceable exploration of future Brooklyn galactic funk.
"I love everything that's inspired and influenced me from the past, but I don't want to be retro. I want to pay homage to all of those styles, but put my voice, my imprint on them and bring them forward into the future," she says.
al is continuing to balance her music, dance and teaching life and has already begun production on her next album. You can catch her live often in NYC.