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Turlock’s best b-boys and b-girls bust a move in Westside contest

Turlock’s best b-boys and b-girls bust a move in Westside contest

Kammy, of Modesto, holds a freeze pose during Westside Ministries’ b-boy and crew contest on Monday night. She won first place in the “Kids” category for breakdancing. The contest brought breakers ...


POSTED June 7, 2011 11:18 p.m.

Westside Ministries reached out to the hearts and souls of young Westside residents through the heart and soul of hip-hop with a b-boy and crew dance competition on Monday. The Center for Urban Performance and Service (CUPS) ministry hosted the event, which was open to the public.

B-boy is the original name of a dance style also known as “breakdancing.”  Westside Ministries hosts a yearly b-boy competition to celebrate the graduation of their youth club members. This year Westside Ministries invited Mookie Washington, a professional dancer and experienced b-boy, to teach several break classes at CUPS and host the b-boy and crew dance contest.

Washington called b-boy one of the major components of hip-hop. Along with the DJ, the emcee, and graffiti art, he said that b-boy was the heart of the hip-hop movement.

“Hip-hop has a really bad misconception… this is not only a culture but a lifestyle you live day in and day out,” Washington said, “you can’t call yourself a hip-hop dancer if you have no knowledge of b-boy.”

Children as young as 9 years old competed for the title of ultimate b-boy or b-girl on Monday. Each contestant performed a short dance to a hip-hop song to showcase their best moves. Some classic moves of b-boy include full body spins and gravity defying freeze poses.

“It’s competitive, but they also have fun doing it. I think they’re more competitive this year because a pro is here,” said CUPS Director Kylene Murphy.

 Some of the contestants were members of Westside Ministries and CUPS, but many were not. JoLynn DiGrazia, founder and director of Westside Ministries, said that part of the reason why the competition is open to the public is to reach out to Westside residents who aren’t already familiar with the ministry.

“I hear so many of you say that you want to be professional dancers, well here is your chance!” DiGrazia said to the crowd at Monday’s competition, “I want to see all of you in these classes.”

DiGrazia said that it would be great to start a local dance crew to audition for shows like “America’s Best Dance Crew.” For now, the ministry is happy to see their members and community come together to celebrate their children’s talent.

CUPS summer dance schedule includes a hip-hop lesson from Kat Dingcong-Hughes, and modern dance from Kim T. Davis. Pricing and sign-up information can be found at www.westsideministriesturlock.com.

To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail agoodwin@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141.

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