An inside view of student’s participation in freestyle dance crew Liquid Menace

By Vanessa Martinez
Staff Writer


Courtesy of Javier Romero

Javier Romero, a 21-year-old FIU psychology major, goes by the alias ‘Aderol’, and makes frequent dance freestyle appearances around FIU.

Aderol is a member of the dance crew Liquid Menace along with two other dance-freestylers, Alexander Davalos, 25, also known as Kiddghost and Austin Rain, 19, referred to as Nerdy.

The trio began dancing with each other about a year ago and have managed to network amongst each other with the aid of Instagram, followed by meeting at a jam, a term referring to dance battles.

After a two month span of deciding on what to call the crew, the guys finally agreed to Liquid Menace.

Aderol said the concept behind the word liquid refers to shapeshifting dance moves and menace because they have the power to kill off opposing dance crews during battles.

“It’s all about making the beat visual,” said Aderol.

Their talent revolves around two sub-categories of dance style, breakdancing or b-boying, which in essence involves spinning and aerial-like gymnastic moves, and popping which involves robotic gestures, gliding or foot sliding, animation, miming, and basic forms of staged entertainment.

The crew often specializes in experimenting with music genres such as hip-hop, European trap, some dubstep and other forms of sounds that are cohesive to their freestyling and breakdancing.

Aderol’s interest in freestyle dance began at the age of 18.

“I honestly started dancing as a form of pulling ladies,” said Aderol. However, it turned out to be his passion. According to Aderol dancing is a way of bringing people and life together.

By networking through fellow crewmembers he’s had the chance to meet several like-minded individuals who are also in pursuit of the expressive arts industry.

That was how he met one of his mentors, Atari, a renowned dancer who has been in the freestyle dance competition game for a decade.

At the beginning of Aderol’s dance journey, finding his place within the community was not as simple.

Aderol, said he lacked the confidence necessary to create his own moves at first and never went out to parties because he was too involved with his other hobby, basketball.

His intimidation lead to feverishly practicing to perfect his freestyling skills, something he and his crewmembers admit to being – perfectionists.

Liquid Menace received major recognition and exposure on Instagram after their last battle at Nuevolution Dance Studio located in Pembroke Pines.

The dancers commemorate Michael Jackson for influencing them on this dance culture and look up to successful artists in the business like Ahlamalik LeDrue Williams, a dancer for Cirque de Soleil, and Madd Chadd and Josh Ventura who are notorious for being “robotic geniuses” in the freestyling world.

Aderol hopes to achieve recognition and fame for his artistic ability. He wants people to be in awe and say things like: “How is he flying?” or “How did he do that?”

As a crew, they hope to have the opportunity to travel around the globe, meet more people involved in the scene and continue to master their dance lives.

Aderol said he gratifies the smiles and reactions from students and spectators that pass by them when they dance.

Their usual spots are around the Graham Center pit or outside the Green Library.

For more information on Liquid Menace, you can follow their Instagram profiles @officialaderol and @kiddghost



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