About the Residency

 

Celebrate Black History Month with The Wondertwins, an acclaimed dance duo who will perform and teach about hip hop dance and culture during their residency February 1-5. The Wondertwins’ programs will expand understanding and appreciation of hip hop among northern New Hampshire residents of all ages, drawing on African-American history and culture in performances and workshops throughout the region. The culminating event of the residency will take place this spring as The Wondertwins return to perform their latest, highly acclaimed full-length show, “To Hip Hop, With Love.”

These programs are accessible for those in wheelchairs. If you have additional access concerns, please contact us as soon as possible. These programs are part of an artist residency presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and supported in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.


We are unable to offer refunds on our workshops and performances. In the event that the Arts Alliance has to cancel an event (due to weather or other reasons), it will be posted here and your money will be refunded.

 

Upcoming Performances

Performances - (appropriate for all ages; particularly recommended for ages 8 and older)

Experience an electric, inspirational introduction to hip hop through the distinctive style of The Wondertwins, whose musical arrangements and choreography are funny, educational and thought-provoking. Q&A to follow.

Tickets for Franconia and Gorham will be live later today!

Monday, February 1, 7 p.m. 

Medallion Opera House 
20 Park St., Gorham, NH

Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 in advance; $7 students, $5 in advance; $30 for families, $25 in advance. Discounts for Arts Alliance members.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7 p.m. 

Franconia Town Hall 
421 Main St., Franconia

Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 in advance; $7 students, $5 in advance; $30 for families, $25 in advance. Discounts for Arts Alliance members.

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m. 

Jeanne Limmer Dance Center
Eastern Slope Inn Plaza, 24 Reporter Court
North Conway Village (Not sure where it is? It's down the alley, across from Joe Jones)

Poster for North Conway to Share

Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 in advance; $30 for families, $25 in advance. Discounts for Arts Alliance members.
Workshop & performance package: $20/person

Preregistration encouraged for North Conway as space is limited; save on tickets at all locations with your advance purchase.

Note: All are welcome; if the price is a hardship, pay what you can or come as our guest. 

Workshop - for ages 11 & up - all levels of experience welcome

Explore foundational movements in hip hop, popping, robot and mime and learn about the origins of street-dance styles. Discover the pillars of hip hop and gain an appreciation for this art form, which originally was used to bridge the gap between different groups on the streets

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4-5:30 p.m. 

Jeanne Limmer Dance Center 
Eastern Slope Inn Plaza, 24 Reporter Court
North Conway Village

Workshop fee: $15 at the door, $12 in advance, discounts for Arts Alliance members 

Workshop & performance package: $20/person. 

Preregistration encouraged as space is limited.

Stay tuned! This spring, The Wondertwins will return with their full length show, "To Hip Hop, With Love"!


Watch a Sample

For a great video of The Wondertwins, see their work at Jacob's Pillow. 

http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/the-wondertwins/broadway-to-hip-hop/

Another sample of their work: 

About the Artists


Billy and Bobby McClain are identical twins who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1970s. At age 8 they had their first real show at the Cyclorama in the South End. Wearing matching silk brown sweat suits, they finished their first contest with a win, judged by none other than the legendary Kurtis Blow. By age 10 they were asked to join Boston’s first professional street dance crew, The Funk Affects. During this time they opened up for some of the biggest names in hip-hop history, including Run DMC, LL Cool J, KRS One, and Afrika Bambaataa.

After 7 years with the crew, Billy and Bobby branched off to become “The Wondertwins.” Their notable gigs have included Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” US/UK tour and Apollonia’s (Purple Rain) UK tour. They’ve served as the opening act for EPMD, Public Enemy and Queen Latifah. They have also appeared on television on shows from Good Day New York to Evening Magazine, and The Jenny Jones Show.

The Apollo Theater holds many fond memories for Billy and Bobby. In 1989, McLyte invited them to dance on stage during her Apollo show. They went on to win “Amateur Night/Showtime at the Apollo” six times. In 2014 the twins were able to go back to where it all started -- the Apollo, this time with their names on the marquee, sharing the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines Jr. and his show “Club Harlem.” Other recent accomplishments include winning The Pioneers of Dance Award, being selected for The Boston Globe Magazine’s “25 Most Stylish Bostonians,” and, in 2015, touring their new, wildly successful full-length show, "To Hip-Hop, with Love."

Over the years The Wondertwins have created a distinctive style all their own, with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime.

In addition to performing, Billy and Bobby are entering their 19th year of working as advisors and dance educators in the Boston Public School system.