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Rugged Dance Company rocks the audience
at the legendary Roxy Theater, LA


Tawnya Kuzia leads Rugged Dance Company on a contemporary jazz showcase created specifically for Street Drum Corps opening night at the Roxy. Rugged was chosen as a special guest because of Tawnya Kuzia's unique style of contemporary choreography. The strong, confient women of Rugged will preform a sexy 15 minute set that will tansition the audience into the world of progressive drumming by Street Drum Corps.

Opening Night Guests Included!
Tommy Lee of Motley Crue
AdrianYoung of No Doubt
Chris Hesse of Hoobastank
John Sawicki of Stomp

Street Drum Corps bring their brand new all-percussion album Big Noise to life at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Starting November 16th for a 4-week residency on Tuesdays, Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo will perform their unique brand of drumming via selections from Big Noise and their first two albums We Are MachinesStreet Drum Corps (2006). Special guest stars will make appearances throughout the run. Big Noise was produced by SDC and Jamie Rise and recorded in Los Angeles at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 and boasts tracks with guest drumming luminaries like Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Shannon Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) and Brandon Sellar (Atreyu). The album will be available exclusively at the Roxy shows. Opening night will feature Cisco Adler and the Pigeons, and Rugged Dance Company.

December 2010 ~ Christmas in Tinseltown (6 Performances Thurs thru Saturday)
November 2010 ~ Street Drum Corps at the Roxy Theater @ 8:30pm  VIDEO
November 2010 ~ MaxtOut LA  VIDEO
September 2010 ~ Tawnya Kuzia, Rugged, & The Collective on NBC  VIDEO
September 2010 ~ Santana Row Fashion Show (3 performances Friday and Saturday)
August 2010~ Liberation Nation Benefit Concert in Castro Valley

May 29th, 2010 ~ RUGGED presents OURGROUND @ Montgomery Theater San Jose VIDEO
April 25t, 2010 ~ Dancin Downtown @ Circle of Palms San Jose
March 20th and 21st, 2010 ~  Spring Dance Inspiration 2010 @ Cowell Theater at Fort Mason SF
March 14th, 2010 ~ 2nd Sundays Performance @ CounterPULSE SF 
February 19 & 20th, 2010 ~ ChoreoProject Awards @ The Dance Theatre San Jose State  VIDEO
January 31st, 2010 ~ Unify Dance Concert @ Montgomery Theater San Jose @ 4:30pm  VIDEO
November 4th and 5t, 2009 ~ Performance at The Garage SF 8pm  
July 28th, 2009  ~ Capezio ACE Top 10 Finalist Showcase in NYC @ 6pm  VIDEO

Rugged wins the sjChoreoProject Awards -
Viewer's Choice Award

Tawnya Kuzia on the Cover of Metro!

"Mechanically Human"

About the Rugged Dance Company 2010 show OURGROUND...
Dynamically combining innate human emotion, electrifying choreography, and live drums Tawnya Kuzia and RUGGED Dance Company present the world premiere of Ourground, Saturday May 29th 2010, at 8pm, at the Montgomery Theater 271 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113. Drenched in youthful, fresh, contemporary movement, Ourground unfolds a tale of love and acceptance when a young man finds himself amidst an isolated society of strong, confident, curious women.  Based on themes from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Herland” the dancers dwell in a futuristic isolated society of women existing underground forbidden from any contact with men. Void of all contact with the male race, the women have developed into a strong, independent, self producing community sustaining themselves through a miraculous source of energy in the center of their colony. Although, their seemingly utopic society does incur one tragic law, the absence of love and the oppression of the human necessity to love and be loved. Without the freedom to share this need with whom they choose creates division and tension amongst the pack when one of the women falls wildly in love with their unexpected male visitor. The story surrounds the individual emotional journeys of these people and how they learn to accept each other’s differences. Tawnya Kuzia’s  choreography is feminine but masculine, and mechanical while still human.  The music like the movement is instinctive as it travels through emotional and  physical layers of intense, vulnerable, mechanical and sensual melodies. The show will include highly energetic and percussive live music by Street Drum Corp and a full theatrical production design by motion picture designer Jason Kuzia.   To-date sponsors of Ourground include, Dancer’s Group, Nor Cal Dance Arts, and Lowes.

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