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BHESA students learn special break dancing routines

Benton Height Elementary School of the Arts students are led in a short choreographed dance by Jonathan Alsop from Charlotte.

Thirty students from grades Kindergarten to fifth timidly entered the dance studio at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts to take part in a special break dancing workshop led by Jonathan Alsop from Charlotte.

His gentle manner and patience set a positive tone for learning while his passion for breakdance inspired the students to have fun and do their best.

After a warm up, students began learning and practicing basic moves that included top rock, down rock and a baby freeze. Students were led in a short choreographed piece that incorporated their new moves, emphasizing rhythm and attitude.

The excitement of the students was electric. Several of the boys were eager to show off their back flips, spins and round-offs.

Jonathan had many nuggets of advice to share with students such as taking care of their bodies, using protective gear while training and getting rest during all workouts.

After the workshop, students were heard saying such things as, “That was cool!” and “Awesome!”

One fourth-grade girl commented, “The baby freeze was challenging, but I feel I did well. It was fantastic!”

Jonathan was amazed at how many of the students were girls (half). “That’s unusual in the breaking world,” he said.

We were sorry to see the time over and students wanted to know if this was going to happen each Tuesday. Although we can’t bring Jonathan each week, we are hoping he returns again real soon.

Written by: Christina Lohry, Benton Heights Dance Teacher
Posted: Mar 18, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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