Tucked off busy Plainfield Street, in a modest two-story building, is found the newest, most dynamic addition to the growing dance scene in Rhode Island, the studio of Thr3e Live Dance Company. The energy in this newly renovated studio is palatable as soon as you walk into that modest-looking building and climb its wide staircase ~ it is hard not to get immediately swept up in the rhythm of the music that is pulsing around its spacious dance floor. The excitement here is matched only by the happy laughter of a small group of dedicated dancers who are waiting for their Hip-Hop class to begin.
This afternoon, it is a group of lively six-year old girls who are gearing up to practice their carefully choreographed routines under the direction of talented instructor Jared Rivers, but on any other given time or day, you might find a group of eager ballet, jazz or tap dance students here. Perhaps you will join one of the popular “Open Classes” or the lyrical/contemporary dance sessions held throughout the week at this progressive studio in Johnston. There is something for every age, style and level of dancer at Thr3e Live Dance Company, and all are welcome.
Thr3e Live Dance Company’s studio may be new to Johnston, but the company itself is hardly unfamiliar to the many fans who follow its founders Thomas “Tjay” Martino and Dennis “DJ” Leggett. Tjay and DJ began their dance careers in Providence as urban street dancers, performing a dance style known as “krumping.” This dance style, which was created and rose to popularity in the 1990’s, is characterized by its bold, expressive, exaggerated and high-energy movements.
Though they had been dancing their signature style since 2007, Thomas and Dennis actually formed their group, Thr3e Live Dance Company, in 2012. They have even taught and performed overseas in Japan and Ukraine. Now, they have joined forces with the creative geniuses of Edgar Viloria and Anisha Gibbs (who brought the company to it’s professional, “industry-level” caliber), along with fellow dancer, instructor and marketing director Nikki Gyftopoulos, to bring their considerable talents and experience to this new studio.
The long-term goal of this eclectic group is to not only inspire would-be dancers such as those attending their hip-hop classes, but ultimately to reach the many underprivileged students who share their passion for dance and yet lack the means to pursue those dreams on their own. Dance has refined and matured the founders of this dance company and has given them a mission and a purpose ~ it is their heartfelt desire to help others realize their passions as well.
Thr3e Live Dance Co. is located on 1339 Plainfield Street near the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Plainfield. For rates and the schedule of classes, visit their website at www.thr3elivedanceco.org or call 401—573-1205. Find them on Instagram at Thr3elivedanceco or on facebook.