Monday, January 30, 2012

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Spoken Word & Breakdance

Youth Movement brought together Spoken Word poetry and Breakdance to celebrate positive Hip Hop culture and inspire the youth. Youth Movement was a collaboration between Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, 61SYX Teknique Street Dance Academy, and local Spoken Word poetry performers.
Above from top left: GAAH Outreach Coordinator, poet, poet, dancer, event host & dancers.
Event host, poet, & dancer Keegan "Seoul" Loye performing a piece about love. Keegan taught breakdance at the Cook Arts Center and is currently owner of 61SYX Teknique Street Dance Academy. He believes it is importance for the youth to have creative outlets & positive role models.
Above: students intently watched poets perform for an hour before intermission. How often do you see that?!
Spoken Word Poets gave high energy performances that were inspiring to all ages. Pieces talked about having the courage to find your voice, overcoming hatred in the world, and empowering the next generation.
Above: during intermission, Keegan pumps up the students for the breakdance segment.
After the breakdance segment, the lights went low once again for some more amazing Spoken Word performances.
Thanks again to the Cook Arts Center, 61SYX Street Dance Academy, Keegan "Seoul" Loye, all the performers & dancers. Special thanks also goes to professional photographer Katherine Thelen for taking all these beautiful pictures.Youth Movement was fantastic!!

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