Hip hop hooray for Valley youth
By JURIS GRANEY
A NEW style of hip hop dance moves is being founded on the North Coast with youths from Yamba and Grafton at the forefront of the craze.
Taking a break during the recent summer rap and hip hop dance workshop at Yamba last week, NORPA Dance Action's Daniella Finkenauer explained that the North Coast was alive with talented youngsters expressing themselves through dance, music and creativity.
"Hip hop is bigger here (Yamba) than I first thought," Daniella said.
"It is incredible.
"There are pockets of kids here who are working independently of established groups and are coming together to create their own choreography and creating the next generation of beats and moves. It is a new style of dance and these kids are encouraging others to join in and create their own community.
"It is very exciting."
Around 30 kids attended the workshop, run in conjunction with the Arts Northern Rivers and supported by the 'Connecting Youth to Health' project of Maclean Community Health and by Clarence Valley Council, at the Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club.
Daniella has been involved in the hip hop scene since first learning her moves in Paris and Convent Garden more than 20 years ago.
Along with Jason Campbell, Rangimarie Ferguson and a few others, they make up the 'old school body popping breaks' of the Northern Rivers-based Urban Street Rural Beat Crew.
The team has been heading to the region every couple of months to foster the dance, music, and Emceeing abilities of locals. The workshops have been so successful that for the first time, kids from Grafton, Yamba and Evans Head will team up to perform at the Choppers' Aussie Battlers competition today in Lismore.