'Turfin' dance style sparks a movement

November 12, 2010 7:51:13 PM PST
Saturday, the city of Vallejo will host the largest urban dance event in the country. Among the teams that will perform is the Oakland group Turf Feinz, which has become a YouTube sensation.

Turf Feinz began with one dance, a tribute to Darrell Armstead's brother who had been killed in a traffic accident. It has since accumulated more than a million hits on YouTube.

Turfin, a dance style that incorporates moves from hip hop, ballet, reggae and contemporary has gone global. The Turf Feinz have befriended Les Twins, a duo from France, where the style is considered experimental.

Dance truly is an international language and it is inspiring a new generation. Dancers as young as 5 are now participating in the movement.

For Oakland's Turf Feinz, the video is a turning point and a chance for a bright future. They are looking for a sponsor and the opportunity to show the world turfin.

The World of Dance competition is Saturday, Nov. 13 from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Solano County Fairgrounds at 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo.