The Bay Area female collective, Sisterz of the Underground, is celebrating it’s 8 year anniversary this month and we’re featuring members of the collective as today’s Women Making History. Also featured is Traci P.
Again, although we’re only featuring two of the ladies, we’d like to congratulate all of the Sisterz (A special big ups to Sarah “Smalls” Saltzman!) for their contribution to the Bay Area music and dance scene—and beyond!
Get familiar with Michelle aka Crykit….
Crykit aka Miss Crix could quite possibly be one of the funkiest white girls you know… Known for her flavorful bgirl style and rockin the beats you can always catch her wreckin shop in the cyphers! She discovered the underground SF hip hop scene in 2001, met some fly females from Sisterz of the Underground and hasnt stopped dancing since. Started as a freestyle dancer, moved on to popping, but found her heart in bgirling in 2003. Miss Crix has learned foundation from bboys in Rockforce, Renegades, Rat Pack, and Illest Villians but has always been in an all female battle crew Extra Credit. She also was one of the very few chosen to attend Red Bull Beat Riders and train with Suga Pop, Ken Swift, Brian Green, Fayzo, Crazy Legs, and Zulu Gremlin. Extra Credit has entered battles and performed all over the country inspiring and being inspired by other bgirls in the game over the last 5 years. Crykit began performing with Soul Sector in 2007, then Supreme Soul in 2008, and is currently the only female performing with Supreme Soul. She teaches a weekly adult beginner/intermediate class at City Dance Studios in SF and teaches dance year round at local elementary/high schools. Crykit is also a party rockin dj.. having started as a dj in 2001, she held down a drum and bass weekly in San Francisco till the high point of her career traveling to France to play at a 4000 ppl rave! Hip hop, funk, breaks, electro, soul, and rock are her musical tastes these days. Her next project is building Happy Medium from the ground up! Happy Medium is a ladies clothing company designed for all the fly females who LOVE the mens gear but need a slightly more fitted feminine version.. for all the girls who can hang and get down with all the “boy” influenced/dominated cultured sports/hobbies!
BGIRL MISS CRIX/CRYKIT PROMO:
M.I.S.S.: What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
Sarah “Smalls” Saltzman is one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met! She founded Sisterz of the Underground; as a support network for female artists in such a male dominated culture, created a youth HipHop education program for underprivileged Bay Area youth, managed our bgirl performance crews, taught me everything I know today business wise, and if it wasnt for this crazy woman I don’t think I’d be where I’m at today! She always taught me to keep my head up, be strong and confident, stay true to myself, and always connect with the creative females around me!
M.I.S.S.: How did you get your start?
Hearing Daft Punk’s Homework album and Chemical Brothers Block Rockin Beats on the alternative rock radio station opened me up to electronic music further opening the door to the RAVE SCENE! Found raves to be a great outlet for creative self expression and a place for me to dance until the sun came up… I was straight edge at the time too so i knew dancing was my passion keeping me up all night long:)
M.I.S.S.: What’s your favorite piece of (art, music, fashion, client etc) that you’ve created?
It’s very hard to answer that, most of my “work” consists of competing in battles. I never know what exactly I am going to do in a battle since you dont choose your music or whom youre battling.. my art is freestyle based, very of the moment; i let the music inspire my dance, always!
M.I.S.S.: Who do you want to (work with, dress, make music with, etc)?
I would love to collaborate with bgirl MovieOne from Spain! She is a true inspiration.. overall well rounded bgirl: power, foundation, style, flavor, musicality… and I heard thru the grapevine she trains harder than any other bboy in the game!
M.I.S.S.: What part of “your process” is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
The most challenging and frustrating part of bgirling is power… windmills, headspins, swipes, 90s, halos, flares, air flares… these require soooo much repetitive training, flexibility, strength, and commitment. If you stop practicing one of these complex moves for even a week, all your trainig could be down the drain and you’re back to square one! I’ve had amazing windmills, headspins, and 90s at some point in time… but those moves have been a constant rollercoaster for me and are still not battle ready … even 2 years later!
EXTRA CREDIT KRU PROMO:
EXTRA CREDIT KRU on BUILT FROM SKRATCH
- SF: August 20th – Sisterz of The Underground 9 Year Anniversary
- Here we go yo, here we go yo…
- Women Making History: Traci P of Sisterz of the Underground & On Blazt!
- SF: 12/8 LA FEMME FATALE W/DJ CRYKIT + PONY P + ROCKY RIVERA
- SF 3/31: Sisterz Of The Underground 10yr Anniversary