Last month, The Bboy Factory performed for a 4th year in a row at the 80’s vs 90’s Party at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and this year was by far our favorite one yet. The museum is impressive on its own, with a vast collection of planes, rockets and simulators displayed in a mammoth hanger with porcelain floors and expansive ceilings. But every February, for one night, the museum turns into a kaleidoscope of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, and an already epic venue
transforms into a wonderland of neon lights, fog machines and bass pumping throwback dance anthems. Video games and day-glow displays beneath the wings of giant bombers create a spectacular atmosphere.
Of course, we love to perform, and the setting couldn’t be more perfect, but there’s so much more to this event that makes it special. Caterers from around the city set up elaborate booths to allow party goers to sample their delicious foods. This year, more than ever, the booths embraced the theme of the night and created movie set worthy designs to exhibit their offerings. My favorite was the coffee shop from the hit TV show, “Friends,” perfectly recreated. Another built a labyrinth of brown construction paper walls draped with vintage Christmas lights to create a feeling similar to the popular Netflix series, “Stranger Things.”
Besides the incredible aerospace collection that stays in the museum, a hand full of vehicles from famous 80’s and 90’s movies were brought in for the party. The Ghostbusters wagon, the Ectomobile, was surrounded by a group of attendees in full Ghostbusters costumes. Next to it, there was a jeep from Jurassic Park and a perfectly neon blue and green Mystery Machine van from the cartoon series, Scooby Doo. A giant Light Bright sign and tables strewn with Casio Walkmans, boomboxes and VHS camcorders welcomed party goers into this bygone era.
Perhaps the most entertaining aspects of the evening were the party goers themselves, who went all out with their costumes. There were Run DMCs with classic Adidas track suits, Kangol hats, gold chains, shell-toe Adidas shoes and vintage Gazal glasses. Girls from Jane Fonda fitness videos wore ponytails, headbands and layered their neon leggings under one piece bathing suits and big socks bunched up above the ankles. There was a Bernie from “Weekend at Bernie’s.” There was a Prince in all purple suede, Miami Vice detectives and a karate gangster from the cult classic, “The Last Dragon.”
This year we showcased two teams, our Kids team with members from 6 to 10 years old and our Youth team with members from 10 to 14 years old. Both teams came prepared with choreographed routines as well as fantastic freestyle solos. They showcased both a high level of individual skills and an electric energy that got the crowd cheering at the top of their lungs. When we asked if they wanted to see more, the applause erupted. For some of the members, it was their first major performance ever and they came out and delivered in front an audience of hundreds and hundreds of people.
Every year, we look forward to being a part of this great event. The museum has incredible programs for kids and their events are perfectly fun for all ages. The opportunity provides our students a chance to get dressed up and create an experience of nostalgia from an era when Breakin was hugely popular. Performing in front of such a large crowd can be intimidating at any age, but after dancing there were nothing but smiles on our students faces. The hours of hard work they devote every week paid off and for 15 minutes they got to shine. We couldn’t be more proud of them and are beyond grateful to Wings Over the Rockies for allowing us to be a part of this spectacular event.