A video showing a group of four young men performing a street-corner dance on a rainy day in Oakland, CA has gone viral on YouTube, and with good reason.
The four dancers in the video are part of an Oakland-based dance group called Turf Feinz. The group's Facebook page boasts that it "organizes dance battles [and] young people" in order to "provide a safe space for entertainment and continue the advancement of turf dancing."
The dancers, who perform acrobatics and ballet-like moves, walk on their toes like Michael Jackson, and perform backflips--all on a rainy sidewalk--are incredible to watch.
Unlike so many viral videos on YouTube, the YAK Films video is well-produced, featuring skilled editing and cinematography in addition to the obviously talented dancers. The editing seems to have been manipulated at times to slow down the dancers' movements.
YAK Films describes itself on its Vimeo page as a production team of "young photographers and filmmakers" who are devoted to "youth-led multimedia production" in order to "provide a voice for resistance and an alternative to played-out mainstream media."
The video was directed and edited by Yoram Savion, 25, who is a Media Literacy and Production Instructor at an Oakland non-profit organization called Youth UpRising, which organizes programs for youth leadership and development.