NYC born and raised LA ROKA, also known internationally as BGIRL ROKAFELLA for her Break dance mastery, performed as a teen in school productions and later at open mics. She began to perform at theatrical venues with Full Circle Prod and found her voice after successfully providing interludes for the dance pieces in their evening line up. La Roka is well rooted in Hip-hop and Afro Latin rhythms because she grew up at a time where so many genres were emerging. She composed a Gospel version of Jimmy Castor's "Just Begun" adding to how she offers an empowering message in her music.
She has proven her multi faceted creativity, as a model for Athleta, an actress in the film "On the Outs", a film maker directing the documentary "All The Ladies Say" and creating Hip hop choreography for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 70th anniversary Hamlet.
Roka usually does a break dance freestyle during her sets because Hip-hop saved her life, so she reminds the world how powerful Hip-hop can be.
She can perform solo, with a band and dancers! She is currently an adjunct dance professor at The New School and has worked with the Smithsonian as a guest lecturer about Hip-hop, womanhood and Afro Latinidad. For bookings please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo above by Mario Lobo/Artista
La Roka began singing and doing poetry at theaters such as: Hostos Community College, Kennedy Center, New Victory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Columbia College, Stonybrook, Columbia University. BAAD, NJPAC and DePaul University.
Festivals include: Momma's Hip-hop Kitchen, River to River Battery Park, The Atrium/Lincoln Center, Mega 97.9 Puerto Rican Day Festival 116 street, Jackie Robinson Bandshell, Casita Maria Block Party, Afro Asian Block Party, Central Park Summerstage, Boogie on the Boulevard, Bronx Museum's 40th Anniversary Gala
Clubs: The Delancy-Collage Art party, Roseland Ballroom, BK Nation Le Poisson Rouge, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Santos Partyhouse
Recorded with Armand Van Helden, Robert Sanchez, the Orphan Family
Inspirations: Rita Moreno, Lucecita Benitez, Ruth Fernandez, Celia Cruz, Olga Tanon, La India, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan,
Whitney Houston and Patti LaBelle.