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Big Tara on Black Bgirls, Dance Culture, and the Intersections of Health, Buddhism & Social Justice

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An e-flier with a gradient color of light orange and white with the following text, "Episode 5: Big Tara on Black Bgirls, Dance Culture and the Intersections of Health, Buddhism and Social Justice." 2 Photos of bgirl/breaker and MC big Tara are at the bottom of text; photo on the left is of big tara in a break freeze position called the "chair" where the body is in a backwards bridge as Tara is wearing a burgundy sweatshirt and gray shorts. Photo on the right is a photo of tara wearing a head wrap and touching a scroll sign hanging on a wall that states, "Black Girls are Magic."

Join this week’s episode with legendary Bgirl and MC Tara of the aNoMoLies crew, MAWU and the Heartbreakerz as she talks about her journey with health and wellness, spirituality and finding joy as a dancer. In this inspiring conversation with Hip Hop Bruha’s host and aNoMoLies crew member DJ Kuttin Kandi, she shares her legacy as a Black Bgirl in Hip Hop, and in dance culture, the erasure of Black Bgirls in Hip Hop, as well as the need for Hip Hop to be unified and be in the movement for justice.


New York City native Tara Crichlow, affectionately known as “big tara,” is a pioneer in the world of hip hop. As a self-proclaimed New York club culture ambassador, she is an innovative artist best known for her contribution to the art form as an international teacher, performer and curator of related programs. big tara promotes New York’s underground music and dance culture accurately and positively through music, battling, performing, and teaching workshops, as well as, giving lecture/demonstrations. Her expertise lies within breaking, as well as proficiency in hip hop, house, waacking, vogueing, lindy hop and pole dance. At her core, big tara is a Bgirl and mc who has had the opportunity to perform her way onto many stages across the US including the Apollo, BB Kings,the Manhattan Center, and Lincoln Center. She has worked with Run DMC, the Roots, Erykah Badu and LL Cool J to name a few and has presented her own work at events like Central Park Summer Stage, DMC World Championship, Bgirl Be, Allied Media Fest, Ladies Hip Hop Get Down, Under the Radar Festival, Ladies of Hip Hop, J.U.I.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival and Howl Fest. big tara is a founding member of the Anomolies Crew, as well as a member of other crews including MAWU, and HeartBreakerz. She consciously uses her platform to empower women, people of color, and other under represented communities. Pronouns: she/her/hers.


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