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Full Circle To Perform Hip-hop At World In Potsdam Festival Saturday, Sept. 23

In the span of 20 years, hip-hop has gone from the streets of New York to mainstream acceptance worldwide. More than a style of music it has encompassed fashion, dance and art.

At this year’s World in Potsdam Festival on Saturday, September 23, those elements will be on display with the appearance of Full Circle, a collection of hip-hop artists whom the New York Times has described as “performers who preach pride and self-respect without pretension.” Their performance is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on the festival’s main stage in downtown Potsdam.

Prior to the festival, Full Circle co-founders Anita “Rocafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwikstep” Dionisio will be in residence at Norwood-Norfolk Central School beginning Monday, September 18.  An informal performance featuring Full Circle and NNCS students will take place on Friday evening, September 27.

“We’re excited about Full Circle,” says Mary E. Theis, chair of the festival and director of International Students at Clarkson University. “They’re going to be doing some hip-hop, but they’re also going to be telling about the history of hip-hop: where it came from, what it’s about, what it means.”

Garcia and Dionisio formed Full Circle in 1992 by to celebrate the positive aspects of the hip-hop culture and to expose it to all generations using rapping, DJ-ing, dancing, graffiti art and fashion.

The group has performed all over the United States and Japan. Some of the dancers have done video work for Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson; performed at the 1999 WNBA All-Star Game in New York; and performed with Will Smith at the “America’s Millennium” celebration in Washington, D.C., on New Year’s Eve, which was televised on CBS.

The “World in Potsdam” Diversity Festival is cosponsored by Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, the Village of Potsdam and the Sweetgrass Foundation.

For more information, please contact Mary Theis, festival chair, at 315-268-7970 or visit the festival Web site at

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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