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Stop Biting has been a blazing hive of hiphop activity since June 2004. Every Tuesday at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, b-boys and b-girls gather for what has become a major talent magnet in Seattle's hiphop ecology. Head to the back room and marvel as dancers twirl, headspin, giant step, shuffle, glide, spasm, uprock, pop, lock, and commit dozens of other athleticisms while DJs drop nonstop gems to inspire the action. Now organized by Mathew "Introcut" Moroni, MC Suntonio "Asun" Bandanaz, and DJ Absolute Madman, Stop Biting has become one of the most entertaining and straight-up awesome (in the truest sense of the word) music events in Seattle. Here are some of the people who make it so.


DUFON SMITH, 34 (aka ORB, aka ORBITRON)

What keeps you coming back to Stop Biting?
I've been going to Stop Biting on Tuesday nights since 2005. The vibe of the night attracts me because it harnesses my three favorite elements of hiphop: b-boying, DJing, and MCing—and it brings local dancers and cats from out of town to come and vibe in the same circle. Also, the guest DJs who come through to bless the tables. I like to call it church on Tuesday, because the energy is so fresh and positive.

We were still doing our Monday nights at the War Room [now HG Lodge] around '05. Stop Biting was a night with a slightly different vibe than our Mondays, which were more upbeat hiphop, funk, breaks, and house—but when we would go to Stop Biting at Lo-Fi, it was more of a chill instrumental jazzy hiphop, open-mic, and floor-sessions kind of vibe.

What is your hardest move to execute?
My hardest move would be the head slide. This is the blow-up move... I slide across the floor with my head and no hands, and where I land is where I land, of course catching the move into a freeze [pose] or flowing out of it onto my feet. Whatever the music permits.

Favorite track(s) to dance to?
Too many to name. I do love jazzy breaks, house music, and, of course, hiphop—no commercial [stuff], only the true hiphop they play at Stop Biting.

Have you ever split or shit your pants while breaking?
Ha-ha! No! Thank God, but I know a few people who have.



SEAN BRAY, 30 (aka B-BOY PEEP SHOW)

What keeps you coming back to Stop Biting?
Everybody is represented here—cats who are world famous and nobodies training to be somebody, but it's all love. It's like the sandlot for b-boying, except breakin's iller!

What is your hardest move to execute?
Tabletops, crickets on either hand.

Favorite track(s) to dance to?
The break in "Police Woman" by Henry Mancini is where it's at!

Have you ever split or shit your pants while breaking?
No, but I broke a toe once. Nobody would set it for me at practice 'cause it bent the wrong way.



PATRICK O'REILLY, 27 (aka MIAMI NICE)

What keeps you coming back to Stop Biting?
I hit Stop Biting at Lo-Fi pretty much every Tuesday night. It's kinda my release from the shackles of everyday life. I can be sure every time I go that I'm gonna see some people who feel the same way I do. People there just wanna have fun dancin' to true hiphop music.

What is your hardest move to execute?
That would have to be a move called the halo. I can do one, but trying to do a few consecutively is hard.

Favorite track(s) to dance to?
My current favorite track to dance to is called "Goldrush" by the Herbaliser. It puts me in that zone that makes the creativity flow.

Have you ever split or shit your pants while breaking?
Ha-ha! Nope, can't say I have, but that's one good reason not to follow the tight-pants trend.



JOE RICCI, 30 (aka DUNE)

What keeps you coming back to Stop Biting?
Open circle with a focus on soul/creativity/freestyling. No battle, not much power, just good music and dancers in it for the love. Dance with guys who have been dancing for 1 year, for 1 year 15 years ago, and for 15 years—new school, old school, and world class.

What is your hardest move to execute?
Flare to crow to reverse 2000.

Favorite track(s) to dance to?
Been feeling a lot of house lately. A classic for me has always been "Supervisor" by Barry Künzel.

Have you ever split or shit your pants while breaking?
I have nearly puked when I cricketed after eating.



JONATHAN ORTIZ, 24 (aka CLEAN UP—"'Cause I clean up the wack shit off the dance floor")

What keeps you coming back to Stop Biting?
I've been going to Lo-Fi on Tuesdays since my ID let me. Most b-boys in the scene know Stop Biting is the one place in Seattle where there is sure to be a cypher [b-boys gathering to dance and show off among each other].

What is your hardest move to execute?
I think combos are the hardest to execute, although it's not a single move. For me, all the tricks and stalls are a lot easier by themselves, but to connect an air flare to a windmill back up to another air flare and so forth gets harder by the move, and to finish it all off with a freeze/stall puts the pressure on, especially if falling down on that last freeze means all the props you just accumulated get tossed out the window.

Favorite track(s) to dance to?
I mostly like to dance to old-school West Coast beats. Although it's always been up to the DJ to choose what gets played, I'm sure to let him know if I like it by dancing to his music or walking away and flicking him off.

Have you ever split or shit your pants while breaking?
I've never split my pants while dancing, but I know I have let a few rip during a move on the dance floor—at that point, I like to walk away and let someone else get blamed for it. recommended