Mai Lê Grooves

dancer - choreographer - educator - curator


Mai Lê is an arts educator, dancer, choreographer, dj, curator who relocated to Brooklyn in 2009. Since 2013 Mai Lê has been a lead dancer in the pioneering street dance theater company Rennie Harris PureMovement, performing throughout the United States (Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the performing arts, LA Music Center), and abroad (US Cultural Ambassador in Central Africa in 2013). She’s a core member of the emerging Passion Fruit dance company, with performances at the Apollo Theater, Dance Place DC, Harlem Stage and Montreal Arts Interculturels. Mai Lê also toured Europe as a lead dancer with seminal Detroit house music producer Theo Parrish and his live band, in festivals/venues such as Worldwide Festival (Sete, FR), London’s Barbican, Barcelona’s Sala Apolo.

In 2015 Mai Lê founded LayeRhythm, a monthly jam session that brings live musicians to collaborate with street/club dancers (representing flexN, litefeet, house dance, Chicago footwork, Detroit jit, locking…). The NY Times says of LayeRhythm… "Imagine an improv comedy show where dancing, not laughs, is the currency. Then imagine a musicians’ jam session where the band is compelled to keep the dancers’ pace instead of the other way around…what’s distinct about LayeRhythm is the way it bridges the two groups with crowd participation." Now in its fifth year, the project is taking its club roots to the stage with The LayeRhythm Experiment company, performing at 92Y and Jacob's Pillow.

In 2012-2014 Mai Lê co-produced the USA division of Juste Debout, the international street dance competition that brings highly developed dancers to audiences worldwide.

As a dj, she has played venues such as La Machine (Paris), Good Room (NY), Black Flamingo (NY), opening up for artists such as Ron Trent, Trinidadian Deep, Sonny Daze.

From 2017 to 2019, Mai Lê was the Program Director of It’s Showtime NYC!, a program that celebrates NYC street culture and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers.

She teaches Beginner House classes weekly in NYC at EXPG-NYC.


Credits / titles include:

[Representing Sour Patch Crew]

  • Prelude (Philadelphia)
    All-styles - Judge (2017)
  • Juste Debout World Finals (Paris)
    House - Top 32 out of 13 countries (2016)
  • Second Sundae (Philadelphia)
    6x Judge & 3x 1st place (2014-2017)
  • House Dance U.K. (London)
    Judge (2015)
  • Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival (NYC)
    House - 1st place (2015)
  • Slick City 2 (Chicago)
    Judge (2015)
  • Universole (Detroit)
    House - 1st place (2015)
  • House Dance Forever Int'l competition (Amsterdam)
    Top 12/175 (2015)
  • Polyrhythmic Exchange (Phoenix)
    Judge (2013)
  • Step Ya Game Up (NYC)
    House - 1st place (2013)
  • The Blueprint (Houston)
    Judge (2013)

Stages / Festivals performed at include: