B-Girl Ale

by | Apr 10, 2024 | April 2024 Issue, Artists

B-Girl Ale / Photo by Mooxie Soul Photography/ Copyright © 2024

B-Girl Ale

Artist Bio

Bgirl Ale was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. She was introduced to Breakin’ and the Hip Hop culture by her crew 3HC in 2011. As many say, Hip Hop saved her life.

As a youth, Ale went through some soul searching and Breakin’ and her crew gave her what she needed to find her place and ability to stand in her own power. A tribe, self love, self respect, a challenge, a purpose are all understatements of the gifts of Hip Hop and Breakin’. A few of Ale’s Battle wins are Breakin Hearts ‘15, She’s all bad ‘18, Queenz of Hip-Hop Denver ‘18, Space Warz Roswell (allstyles) 3x in a row, Break Free World Wide (allstyles) MVP ‘20 and more.

Today b-girl Ale and her Husband b-boy Faro run their own dance school, Santa Fe Breakin’ Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ale and Faro are also happy to say they are affiliates of the first ever shoe company designed for Breakin’, Dyzee Threadz.

Who are your top 3 favorite Hip Hop Artists?

Digable Planets
Missy Elliot (Older music)
Wu-Tang

Upcoming Events and Projects

Breakin’ Bread for Palestine – Early July please follow for updates
*Youth Breakin’ Exhibition (Santa Fe Breakin’ Academy & Dancing Turtle)
*Dance performances
*Local artists, vendors & more

All proceeds go directly to BREAKCAMP a Break studio in Palestine.
Breakin’ Bread 2024 will be a collaboration with my Husband b-boy Faro and Breakers around NM (Zia Queens, b-girl Smalls and more)

How and when did you first get introduced to Hip Hop and B-Boy culture?

“When I was younger, since I grew up in the Cholo/Chola era I thought that artists like SPM, Mr. Capone etc were Hip Hop, at least that is the closest to Hip Hop I received. One day my world changed when NM Legend Perish 1 (practitioner of all 4 elements) came to my middle school. Perish SCHOOLED us and showed us the true essence of Hip Hop. Perish showed up with his turn tables, mic, and a few painted records. He showcased his work on the mic, scratched a few beats, taught us what real style writing is and had a few local b-boys get down for us. Literally just one day of exposure led me down a life long path of finding my own journey in true Hip Hop. I also owe it to my Crew 3hc who accepted me into their family and taught me so much about the culture which then taught me so much about myself.”

Where do you find inspiration for your work and how do you translate that into movement?

“Finding inspiration in my work always changes, just like with life our purpose behind why we do or don’t do things changes. Currently my inspiration for my work is to honor those who have passed down the tools I needed to build myself by passing this culture down to the next generation, specifically those who need it the most, just like I did when I was younger. I am inspired by my students who show up daily to better themselves as dancers and humans, witnessing their growth is a fuel that never gets old to me.”

“Today I don’t battle for a win, I battle so that my students can feel proud and know that they can achieve any goal they work hard for.”

What is the inspiration behind the creation of Santa Fe Breakin’ Academy?

“My Break Brother/Teacher Ricky once told me, ‘If we dont pass it down, it dies at us’. Breaking in Santa Fe has been living and thriving through our crew since the ’90s. In our crew it is imporrtant for us to keep the culture alive, preserve the history, and allow the future to innovate. Through Santa Fe Breakin Academy, my Husband B-Boy Faro and I strive to not only keep the culture alive but to continue to grow a community where the medicine of Hip Hop can be received, thus Santa Fe Breakin’ Academy is just a part of the long history and future of Hip Hop in Santa Fe.”

Hip Hop culture often emphasizes community and collaboration. Can you speak to the importance of these aspects in your
experience as a dancer?

“Without community, there is no culture. There is so much I can say to this question but to keep it within my personal experience I will share that when I was younger I found myself getting into a lot of trouble and chilling with the wrong crowd, I realized that it was because I wanted to be a part of something, I wanted to feel I contributed to something bigger than myself. Not until I found Hip Hop did I truly feel like I was a part of something bigger. The Hip Hop community is one of the only places you will see all shapes, colors, ages and peoples together at peace. The Hip Hop community is one of the first places I saw a Woman who loved herself and was unapologetically her. With out being around a community that supports being your higher self, I would not be who I am today. Community is so sacred. We all feel alone from time to time and community holds us when we think we have no one.”

“Community will always be at the heart of Hip Hop, once community is out of the equation, that’s when it becomes something completely different, like commercial Hip Hop for instance.”

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a professional dancer, and how have you overcome them?

“I’ve faced many challenges as a dancer so I will just share one major challenge. HEALING. Our body is our instrument. Yes, all dancers face an injury from time to time. Originally healing to me looked like slapping on some Icey-Hot, doing a stretch and pushing through.”

“Today, healing looks like research, yoga, physical therapy, body work, sleep, crying, laughing, meditation, watching K-dramas and doing nothing! Healing can be a lot or healing can also be doing nothing. As athletes we aren’t told enough that it’s OK to truly rest, do nothing…training will still be there when we are ready. Healing is not feeling guilty when you rest.”

How do you think b-boy culture can continue to evolve and stay relevant in the ever-changing landscape of dance and music?

“For me, its not necessarily a question of how it all can stay relevant. On the contrary, the culture and b-girl culture is growing extremely fast, almost like a wild fire. For me the expansion is exciting yet also scary because it is growing so fast, it is easy for the history, roots and true essence of Hip Hop to get lost in the hype. That is why it is important to preserve and pass on the history as much as possible. I’ll be honest, I’ve had a bit of anxiety behind hoping the culture doesn’t get lost through expansion but I’ve come to the realization that the Hip Hop culture is so divine that in the end it will prevail, just like all great things have their cycles, this medicine of Hip Hop always finds its place back to where it belongs.”

“As a b-girl, I am also hoping that there does not become a major separation between b-girling and b-boying. Breaking was predominately created by b-boys but b-boys have always been welcoming of b-girls into the craft of breakin’ since the beginning. I was the only b-girl in my crew (at the time) and my crew members never treated me as ‘a girl’. They trained me hard and still respected me as a woman, but never went easy on my just because I was a lady. I believe that because of these dynamics, b-girls are able to be strong and actually showcase their strength human vs. human.”

What advice would you give to dancers who are just starting their journey?

“Hip Hop is not ‘looking cool’ or the ‘newest trend’. Real Hip Hop is knowing that YOU are enough to be the trend.”

“Learn about the roots but also don’t be a cookie cutter. Remember to be you. Innovation means bringing the old with the new…this is easier said than done.”

How do you hope to contribute to the legacy of Hip Hop culture?

“I am happy to say that if I were to leave this planet tomorrow, I am honored alongside my Husband B-Boy Faro to have had the opportunity to be a vessel and share the life lessons and medicine Hip Hop gave me to my students. I hope that what we share will be evolved and passed on for generations to come and that our community, our circle, our cypher will continue to be a safe space to be human.”

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