February 2014 | J.U.i.C.E.-d Up in L.A.

On a late August afternoon, Los Angeles’ heat pushes down on you like a heavy blanket; you don’t want to move or even take a deep breath. It’s also quite warm inside the air-conditioned MacArthur Park Recreation Center, in L.A.’s Rampart neighborhood, but no gauge will measure this temperature. This is heat generated by the focus, passion, and sense of experimentation of some three dozen young men—and a few women—who are dancing at the top of their abilities.