We are a creative dance company which specializes on street dance and Irish dance
and producing dance films.
Our faculty is composed of passionate, talented, qualified and most of all, friendly teachers.
Top LA-based graphic designer Katherine Bercasio, designed the poster for the new
film of director Ricky Carranza. The film is about an in-depth look at the ever-
growing and often misunderstood hiphop dance culture: its real definition, parameters, relation to street dance and its future.
The documentary is majestically narrated by a legendary Soul Train dancer, James Higgins aka Skeeter Rabbit. It is the sequel to the award-winning film "Beyond the block".
More information coming soon.
Amazon releases the award-winning film "Beyond the block" script and photo book. It contains rare and never-seen photos of the cast of the documentary film.
Beyond the block won the People's Choice award at Solar Film's film festival "Sinag Maynila 2017",
"Best documentary film" at the International Manhattan Film Festival 2016 and nominated at the
Long Beach International Independent Film Festival in California and Hiphop Film Festival in New York.
Chicago, Illinois, 1-5 March, 2018, "Keep it reel - the history of Irish dance culture in Finland" directed by Ricky Carranza was selected and screened at the prestigious "Chicago Irish Film Festival."
Los Angeles, California, director Ricky Carranza did some filming for his next film projects. See pictures below: With Soul Train dancer OG Skeeter Rabbit, Fluky Luke of the Lockers, Ana Sanchez aka "Lollipop" and Michael Chambers aka "Turbo" of the mega-blockbuster franchise film "Breakin" in the 80s.
Florence, Italy, 1 December 2017, Ricky Carranza reunites with his former dance student now a dance teacher in teaching young kids in Scandicci.
Ricky Carranza teaches and trains a dance company based in Abruzzo, Italy for national competitions.
BTB screens in Los Angeles at DF2, 14-15 October 2017.
BTB screens in Dubai in September 2017.
New classes at International School, Suurpelto, every Wednesday at the Library 14:00-16:00. Register now!!!
FREE for students at the International and Finnish school.
Cinemalaya, a prestigious film festival in the Philippines screens BTB at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Ricky Carranza joins the panel of judges at the Domination International World Championships
in Brisbane, Australia in September 2017.
Ricky Carranza reaches out to survivor kids from typhoon Hayan.
Congratulations BTB wins the "People's choice award" at the Sinag Maynila 2017.
The meeting of the ambassadors in London. Philippine ambassador to the United Kingdom, Antonio Lagdameo, meets the ambassador of Filipino streetdance, Ricky Carranza.
Congratulations BTB for being selected at the prestigious Solar Films' Sinag Maynila' Film Festival.
We are looking for dancers to join the Suomi Team 2017 that will represent Finland at the World Championships, Hiphop International in August 2017, Phoenix, Arizona. See more below.
Congratulations and huge thanks to Carol Panday of "Simply C" for a successful BTB event in London on 29 January 2017! See more below.
We hold free dance sessions and various dance-related leisure activities in Espoo and Vantaa
for economically-burdened families particularly for immigrants
to help them re-integrate in the society. Please contact us to avail of these programs.
BTB script-photo book will be published and ready for distribution in Amazon soon. More info coming.
CASTING AUDITION: Actors and dancers for "Dance Boy" the movie. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS !!!! Ricky Carranza's multi-nominated autobiographical documentary film "Beyond the block"
has been awarded THE BEST DOCUMENTARY at the International Film Festival Manhattan in New York on 20 October 2016.
Earlier, it was NOMINATED for Best Documentary at the Long Beach International Film Festival on 3 September 2016.
In August, the film was a FINALIST to BEST DIRECTOR and BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Hiphop Film Festival
in New York, 3-6 August 2016.
Espoo, Finland. Ricky continues to hold dance classes in different academic schools in Espoo city. His objective is to reach out to immigrant youth through dance to help them reintegrate well in the society. He also conducts and supervises free dance classes specially designed for them in various places. For more information about these free hiphop/street dance classes, please contact email@example.com and reserve your post as soon as possible. First-come-first-served
Florence, Italy, December 2017. Master teacher Ricky Carranza reunites with his former dance student now a popular dance teacher in Florence, Gabrielle Vernich, in teaching a bunch of excited kids in Scandicci. The class is a preparatory session for an upcoming recital, wherein the students of Gabrielle will be performing different dance pieces. Ricky is the first hiphop teacher of Gabrielle. He was barely 10 years old when he first joined Ricky's class. Gabrielle teaches and dances professionally for Opus Ballet, Florence, Italy.
Abruzzo, Italy, October 2017. Choreographer Ricky Carranza trains a dance company called "Virus Dance Club" from the town of Atessa. The training includes the making of a choreography for a national competition and the learning of the essential foundation of street dance. Ricky has taught this multi-award-winning dance group since 2005. There were about 16 young, passionate, and talented youth who participated the intense program. Style Dance Industry wishes them all the best in their upcoming competition.
Beyond the block dance crew at the Vox cinema, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, right after a successful screening, on the 1st of October 2017. The exclusive event was organized by the Consulate of the Philippines UAE to promote and encourage
Filipino dancers working in Dubai to keep striving for excellence in their craft. Almost 400 people, mostly from the upper class of the community, attended the screening. Special thanks to the Consul General Paul Raymund Cortez for spearheading the project in collaboration with Tabeer Travel. Deep gratitude to the Filipino hiphop community in Dubai who came to support and graced the event and all the sponsors who made it all possible to a produce a memorable delightful cultural event.
SDI FALL CLASSES 2017 - Starts 07.08.2017. Single class - 140€ + 20€ membership. Two classes or anytime classes - 200€ + 20€ membership
SCHEDULE: Mon 18-19 Hip-Hop, 19-20 House, Tues 18-19 Popping - 19-20 Locking, Wedn 18-19 Breaking, 19-20 House [Note: All classes are open level and skills.]
CREW TRAINING: We are looking for dedicated and passionate dancers who would like to participate COMPETITIONS AND SHOWS, international and local. Audition required. Crew training in Espoo 14.00, every Saturday. Contact us now.
Domination International (World championships dance competition) invites Ricky Carranza to teach a workshop and take part of the international panel of judges. The workshops will take place on 17 September 2017, from 13:00 to 18:00, at the Cupo 17 Mclachlan Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006. As part of the package, the award-winning "Beyond the block" documentary film will also be screened during the Domination International event. For more information: visit dominationinternational.com
Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines, 16 May 2017. Director Ricky Carranza teaches a big community of kids, who were offsprings of those who survived the typhoon Hayan at a settlemen camp called MARCH village. Mr. Carranza was in Cebu for the screening of his documentary film "Beyond the block: the untold story of Filipino street dance."
The screening event in Cebu was organized in collaboration with the Arts Council of Cebu for the promotion of hiphop arts in the region. In the photo, Mr. Carranza's two young daugther, Alessandra and Isabella, aged 6 and 5, are seen assisting him at MARCH Village.
Manila, Philippines, 12 March 2017 - Director Ricky Carranza delivers his "Thank you" speech as he receives the "People's Choice" Award for his autobiographical documentary film entitled "Beyond the block - the untold story of Filipino streetdance" at the Sinag Maynila 2017 "Awards Night" (Gabi ng Parangal). The prestigious event was held at the SM Aura, Samsung Hall, Taguig, Metro Manila. Beyond the block was among the 5 finalists chosen from the 60 films which were submitted to Sinag Maynila 2017. Solar Films is the organizer of this annual exciting event.
London, 24 February 2017. Courtesy visit of Filipino street dance ambassador, Ricky Carranza, at the Philippine Embassy, London, with his excellency, Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Antonio Lagdameo. In the meeting, dance legend Mr. Carranza discusses his plans in reaching out to the Filipino communities in the UK and the idea of connecting with the locals through dance. Ambassador Lagdameo expresses his support to Mr. Carranza's plans and efforts. Two days later, Mr. Carranza held a free dance workshop at FM Bar, London, organized by Carol Panday of Simply C Production company.
Solar Entertainment's Press Conference held on 13 February at XO 46 Heritage Bistro, MOA. Beyond the block documentary film is selected as entry at the 'Sinag Maynila' Film Festival which will be premiered on 9-13 March 2017. There were 5 entries chosen from 60 films. BTB is the only documentary film in the line up. The screenings will be in different cinemas in Manila: SM Megamall, Gateway, SM North Edsa and Glorietta. Multi-award winning director, Brillante Mendoza (holding the microphone) is the Film Festival's chairman. Filipino Funk dance pioneer, Heck Gatdula, of the legendary group "A&W Computers" is on the right (with BTB shirt). Kudos to BTB cast and production crew.
We are looking for versatile, dedicated, team-player and passionate dancers, male and female, from 16 years old up to join the Suomi Team that will represent Finland at the World Championships, Hiphop International in 2018.
The audition and training will be on Saturdays, 14:00-17:00 at SDI Espoo. Interested dancers can try and come anytime until we have selected the final team. Training/Audition begins on 5th of August 2017 at SDI Espoo, Sepetlahdentie 2-4, Building B, Basement floor, Matinkyla, Espoo.
If you think you got what it takes to be a part of the Finnish national team, contact us as soon as possible. You may be the one who will represent Finland at the prestigious and much-awaited annual dance competition held in the USA. Hiphop International is the creator of Randy Jackson's MTV's America's Best Dance Crew.