- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) - Jessy Nice says he and the other members of Breaksk8 roller-skate like most people walk - effortlessly.

Breaksk8, a Kokomo-based group of breakdancing roller-skaters, is debuting its first Las Vegas-style show in Logansport’s McHale Performing Arts Center next weekend. The seven skaters, four of them from Kokomo and Peru, have been rehearsing at Logansport Skate World on the city’s east side to gear up for the show.

“I think we’ve trained ourselves so much, it’s like walking,” Nice said of roller-skating. The injuries over the last few years haven’t amounted to much more than soreness after a run of shows, some sprains and one broken nose from a halftime show at a sporting event.

You wouldn’t guess it from seeing their past performances, which include everything from one-arm handstand variations on a popular breakdance move called “the worm.” Formed in 2003, the group has since toured several times in connection with its network TV appearances. It’s still making waves internationally after an appearance last year on the European dance-off “Beat the Best” and a 2010 appearance in China’s version of “America’s Got Talent.”


Stateside, the group is expected to make an appearance this spring in the new season of “So You Think You Can Dance?” Several videos of its routines from past TV appearances and tour performances appear on the Internet.

But “Breaksk8 Live,” as the upcoming 90-minute show is called, will be the group’s first independent production, the Pharos-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/OUqy4q ).

“I’m just excited to do it locally,” said Nice, a Peru native. “We never get to do anything local.”

He’s fairly certain the last appearance in the Kokomo area was in 2008.

More than 200 light fixtures will color the McHale stage for the production, Nice said. But the story line centers on a character who’s desperately trying to become part of Breaksk8.

“He’s stuck in the ‘70s,” Nice explained, so he has trouble fitting in. But he never gives up, Nice said, “and his persistence actually pays off in the end.”

It’s designed to be a family-friendly show, so even young children like Nice’s 3-year-old daughter can enjoy it.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 or 80,” Nice said. “You will want to get up and dance.”

Breaksk8 Live” is slated for 8 p.m. April 4 and 5 and 5 p.m. April 6 at the McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and available through the McHale box office, Lucas Home Furnishings in Logansport or at Peru Dance Studio.

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Information from: Pharos-Tribune, http://www.pharostribune.com