Raw Groove Presents Life of the Party

Raw Groove: Life of the Party invites you on a mesmerizing journey into the pulsating heart of nightlife, where freedom, connection, imagination and sensuality intertwine. With timeless club classics, dynamic dance acts, and immersive storytelling, join us for an unforgettable exploration of the magic that unfolds after dark.

60 minutes
Dance, Cabaret, Storytelling, BIPOC
Mercury Cafe Ballroom
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

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Connie Love

Constance Harris, also known as Connie Love in nightlife circles, is a versatile dance artist with expertise in teaching, performing, and choreographing. Her energetic movement style draws from Africanist aesthetics, fusing traditional and contemporary African dance, Hip-Hop, and House. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Dickinson College and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder, Constance brings a rich academic background to her artistry. Renowned for her electrifying performances, she has graced the stages of premier nightclubs and parties nationwide, including The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Mile High Soul Club in Denver, Scatta Afrobeats in Denver, and Owls Club in Tucson. Constance's talents extend to the festival circuit, where she has showcased her skills at renowned fusion dance events like Migrations in Austin and Jamballah in Portland, sharing her expertise in popular Afrobeats social dances and freestyle. She is currently a guest choreographer for the department of Theater and Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder and co-director of the Colorado based performance collective, Raw Groove.

Taylor Madgett

Taylor Madgett received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance with a certificate in Hip-Hop studies from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Emory University. Taylor specializes in Hip-Hop, House, urban choreography and recently co-founded Raw Groove. Raw Groove is a dynamic duo consisting of Constance Harris and Taylor Madgett, created in 2021 after the two women met and formed a creative partnership during their time in graduate school. Raw Groove is a dance company that performs, choreographs, and teaches in the Denver metro, Aurora and Boulder areas. Taylor is also currently a member of VisKosity Dance Collective and Rennie Harris’ Grassroots company. Her current research focuses on exploring identity and heritage through movement

Tyreis Hunte

Tyreis Hunte is a teaching movement artist born and raised in a multicultural society of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. In his earlier years in this South American nation their main exposure to dance culture was well rounded, originally a hip-hop dancer he was exposed to modern, traditional west african and afro-caribbean movement and more. Tyreis has always been a dedicated soul to the stage, earning awards in national festivals in dance and drama throughout the region and internationally having worked and performed throughout Europe and Asia. They went on to be a founding member of the L’Arts Production Company in Georgetown. At the age of 16, they completed their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate focused on the performing arts. Later that year, they were offered a scholarship to study at the United World College campus in Changshu China. Having lived in China to study,  Tyreis was exposed to multiple cultural movements of the east asian country such as tai chi and lion dance, performing in dance ensembles, musical theater and chinese opera for audiences in regional cultural dance events before local and international special guests such as Suzhou’s “Foreigners Got Talent”, local theaters, the Chinese government and the Royal Family of Norway. They are currently completing their final year double majoring in Dance and Asian Studies with a focus on Movement Therapy at the St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota studying and working under the dance department as well as studying with Rennie Harris University and teaching throughout the country. They have worked locally with entities such as The Cowles Center for Performing Arts, Zenon Dance and Northfield Dance Academy.

Enmanuel Alexander

Enmanuel Alexander is a Denver musician who is passionate about amplifying and platforming Black musicianship in Colorado. With his weekly residency at Meadowlark Bar, he offers the community Off the Cuff, an interactive improv amplifying Black and Brown musicians and artists from the Denver metro area and across the nation inspired by mentors such as Ron Miles and Wes Watkins. Enmanuel has been playing music since the young age of seven, beginning with piano and progressing into drums, guitar, percussion, saxophone, and bass. He is now primarily a guitarist, producer, and creator, continually expanding his repertoire to include new genres and techniques of expression further influenced by his teachers Dave Devine, Gonzalo Teppa, Dawn Clement, and Shane Endsley.

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Mercury Cafe 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance for both the Ballroom and the Jungle Room venues is on the southeast side of the building off of California St. 

Parking: There is a large paid parking lot just across California St. and street parking

Accessibility: If you have any accessibility needs or concerns, please reach out to us at info@denverfringe.org

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show