Banxy has dancing kids in a spin
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VETERAN break-dancing legend Banxy put youngsters ina spin when he led an urban dance workshop last week.
As part of Swindon Dance’s summer schools, Banxy and the charity’s Katie Ballard led young people aged between seven and 16 in their Urban Up project, teaching break-dancing, street dance, locking and popping.
The three-day course culminated in a performance showpiece for friends and family at Swindon Dance’s Town Hall Studios and more than 60 people, including proud parents turned out to see what their loved ones had learned.
Emma Jones, education and development manager for Swindon Dance, said: “It went fantastically well and all the young people really enjoyed it.
“The theme was the history of Hip-Hop and Banxy came in to work with Katie Ballard on different techniques, ending in a performance for friends and family. It was brilliant and a great way to show off their skills.
“They were taught a bit of B-Boying, breaks, commercial street dance and locking and popping. It really showed how well they had learned in the final show and a lot of the mums were quite emotional.
“The show was about 25 minutes long with about 10 to 15 minutes of performance pieces demonstrating some excellent B-Boying moves, followed by a slow dance at the end.”
The Urban Up workshop was one of several offerings at Swindon Dance this summer, with others including Skedaddle and the Adult Dance Summer School.
Emma added that there was always a mix of old and new faces. She said: “This was the third year we have run the Urban Up summer school and we had some of the same children back but also some new ones too, which was nice to see. There were around 40 young people in total this year.
“It was for seven to 16 year olds and it was a real mixture, and they all got on great together.”
Regular classes at Swindon Dance start from September 9 and for more information contact 01793 601700, visit www.swindondance.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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