FootworKINGz dance group is an all-star ensemble featuring Chicago’s top footworkers. These young men range from ages 16-24 and represent the essence of strength, raw talent, extreme energy, and power. FootworKINGz ensemble includes Artistic Director, Charles Parks, the city’s undisputed champ. Other Footworkers members include choreographer/dancer, Jaron “Prince Jron” Boyd known for his ultra-smooth style and trevell “Tee-Jay” Johnson, the pride of Chicago’s west side.
FootworKINGz was founded in 2007 by Leida “Lady Sol” Villegas, as a professional dance ensemble with a mission to attract global recognition to Chicago’s unique style of footwork. Footworkin’ is an extremely energized, lower body movement that evolved as a response to House and Juke (a highly sped up House sound up to 160bpm) music. The Chicago tribune has described it as “part tap, African tribal, and breaking.” “This style has been around for over twenty years and we want it to be exposed in the mainstream and all over the world,” says King Charles.
FootworKINGz has been featured on local and global stages including New York’s Lincoln Center Outdoor Stage, Chicago’s “Looptopia,” Juste De Bout 2008 in Paris, Aids Run / Walk Chicago ‘08, Chicago’s Navy Pier, “Hip Hop Generation Next” in NYC, Steppenwolf Theater with Kuumba Lynx, Mc Donald’s World Wide Convention in Orlando, Weber State University in Utah, San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival, Best of Dance Chicago, and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.