This week on the PodKast we have Yoda, Mr. Dance Historian himself, the creator of Kaba Modern, a living legend in the dance community, the one and only and our Kinja brother Arnel Calvario!
Side note but also in the forefront Arnel not only is a pioneer in So-Cal/West Coast dance culture but he is also a Dr. in Occupational Therapy. He's not just an overachiever, he is OUR overachiever. #kinjabang
Arnel mentions that Kaba Modern (Kababayan Modern Dance Suite circa 1992) was a branch off of Kabayan, UC Irvine's Filipino-American Cultural Club.
Heres a recap I found on Arnel and the Origins of Kaba Modern:
Kayamanan Ng Lahi
Filipino Cultural Club that Arnel's Aunt ran if you want to find out more info.
It was hard to dig up some of Bust A Groove clips that were mentioned but I think some of these paint a pretty good picture of the era:
Also Arnel talked about groups like Jedi Clan, Housin' Authority, Chain Reaction, & Mind Over Matter
Here are a few clips to get started but feel free to do your own digging into this culture.
Media Sirkus / Housing Authority:
Mind Over Matter:
- Arnels' video - Konnect
- Roots B4 Branches
Advice to the upcoming generation:
Arnel's Favorite Book:
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom