Week-long workshops held at larger schools often culminate with a DJ-led dance party which the Easy Break Dance studio provides. (Photo submitted)

Shuswap break dance studio helps boost students’ confidence

Teaching kids break dance while empowering them among goals for workshops

A Salmon Arm break dancing studio is set on empowering students through the power of dance.

For four years Easy Break Dance has led break dancing workshops at schools within the Shuswap. This year the studio will be putting a greater focus on reaching more schools.

Read more: Nearly $10 million announced for B.C. arts groups

Read more: Spectacular shows from Shuswap Dance Center

Manny Christjansen, a break dancing instructor with Easy Break Dance, said along with the students having a good time with their friends there are benefits the children may not realize.

“One of the fundamental things about [break dancing] is posing in a strong, confident manner,” Christjansen said. “Kids like doing that because it’s fun and they can be silly doing it but on a psychological level it’s a huge confidence booster.”

Since school has just started, no schools have confirmed yet with the dance company. However, Christjansen is expecting at least seven schools from within Salmon Arm, Kelowna and Kamloops to hold break dance workshops for their students.

Class and school sizes determine how long the workshops run; for a small school, workshops would run for about three days while in a larger school they would span a week.

Bigger schools typically have a dance party at the end of the workshops, for which Easy Break Dance provides a DJ complete with a record-scratching turntable.

“The kids love it because they see the DJ doing lots of different things all at once,” Christjansen said. “The DJ usually lets them try the turntables out.”

Christjansen’s motivation for teaching the art of breakdance to younger generations is three-fold. Education about what the art of breakdancing entails, student empowerment and providing jobs to other breakdancers.

Read more: ‘Bboy’ busts out breakdancing in local Hope schools

Read more: Square dancing provides lifetime of fun and friends for Salmon Arm couple

From the years Christjansen has taught the classes he has seen the effect they have on not only the students but also the teachers.

“The teachers have loved it – mostly they love it because the kids’ attitudes change. I’ve never actually come across a teacher that hasn’t enjoyed it.”

The studio also provides DJ services for dry grad events and weddings.


@CameronJHT
Cameron.thomson@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Savio Suen or “Puzzles” is a breakdance teacher based out of Vancouver who also teaches with the Easy Break Dance studio in Salmon Arm. (Photo submitted)

Just Posted

West Kelowna Fire and Rescue gear up for annual ‘Fire in the Mountains’ initiative

WKPF is offering one individual the opportunity to spend up to 3 days with their firefighter hero’s hiking or paddling in one of BC’s pristine wilderness environments

Kelowna’s Sutherland Salvation Army thrift store closes permanently

The location has been facing challenges amid COVID-19

Local state of emergency declared at Penticton home

Slope failure cited as city issues notice at home in 600 block of Heather Road

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

Therapeutic art for sale at Okanagan show

17th annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale presented by Vernon Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Tech mogul growing North Okanagan’s wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in Vernon

Fentanyl-laced powder being sold as cocaine in Kamloops

Interior Health has released a warning about very strong fentanyl in Kamloops

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

North Okanagan ranch needs support to stay afloat

Founded in 1867, a fundraiser has been launched for the Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Video: Enraged man terrifies staff and customers at Shuswap restaurant

Video on Facebook shows the man hurling profanity at workers during the dinner rush on Aug. 7.

Most Read