PES students back to school with hip-hop step

Students returned to school with a skip in their steps knowing they would be learning the art of hip-hop dance.

Sound Kreations dancers Ben Perrin and Matt Ball show students at Ponoka Elementary School hip hop dance moves Sept. 3. The group is teaching students b-boy moves for the next two weeks.

Students returned to school with a skip in their steps knowing they would be learning the art of hip-hop dance.

The program is being held for two weeks at Ponoka Elementary School (PES), made possible with a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, says Grade 5 teacher Paula Wilkins. She feels students in rural schools can benefit from these programs. “It gives them memories they wouldn’t always have.”

“We’re excited to start this year off on an exciting note,” added Laeta Morskate, education assistant and co-author of the grant.

Dancers from Sound Kreations are teaching students how to pop, lock and b-boy (or b-girl) themselves onto the stage; the break dancing moves provide physical activity and new dance skills, says dancer Ben Perrin. “With a lengthier program we can get a lot more in-depth.”

One of the moves kids seem to enjoy the most is locking. “It’s very relaxed. I find kids pick up on it easily,” added Perrin.

The idea is for dancers to tense their muscles in such a way they dance in small movements. His goal is to ensure students can identify and perform each dance form at a final performance for parents.

“I would like all the kids to have confidence in what they’re doing,” he said.

Learning to dance is a confidence builder, added Perrin. He remembers being a shy kid but performing on stage builds a certain level of confidence he hopes students will be able to retain. The dance styles are also something boys and girls seem to enjoy and want to take home to their family.

Perrin advises parents interested in putting their children in dancing to investigate the many options. “Look at the local studios and try lots of stuff out.”

The grant comes from Arts in Education and provides 75 per cent of the fees for rural schools; the rest was paid for by the PES parent council.

“We have a great school council that agrees to top up the last 25 per cent,” said Morskate.

Bringing Sound Kreations back came from a strong positive response by parents and students, she added. “We had such a good response that we thought, this year, let’s do a full program.”

Another benefit of the program is it gets boys excited about dancing and performing, said Morskate. “Dance usually doesn’t sit well with the boys but the boys totally dig this.”

This is the seventh year in a row PES has been awarded the Arts in Education grant and Wilkins says about 20 hours were spent putting everything together. She enjoys being able to bring these programs to the students.

Performances for parents are set for Sept. 13 for grades 5, 6 and 2 and for Sept. 20 for grades 1, 3 and 4.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: LeAnn Rimes kicks off Stampede

The 2019 Ponoka Stampede concert series featured a big name country star to lead things off

Local cowboys take the Stampede lead on opening night

Bareback, team roping has Ponoka sitting pretty in race to the finals

Chicks for Charity’s “Champagne High Tea” an elegant success

Chicks for Charity’s ninth annual fundraising event on June 22, “Champagne High… Continue reading

Maskwacis youth found dead on reserve

The remains of 16 year old Houston Omeasoo found June 25

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

Storm caused transformer fire, power outages

Thunderstorm kept fire department busy

Lower youth minimum wage won’t apply at this year’s Calgary Stampede

A new minimum wage of $13/hr is now in effect for Alberta workers aged 13 to 17

NOTICE: Road closures today due to construction

Temporary road closure on 46 Ave. June 26, 2019 There will be… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Don’t miss Canada Day celebrations around Ponoka

There’s no shortage of exciting activities around town on Canada Day, whether… Continue reading

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

Most Read