Contact: Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities
In partnership with Salina Arts & Humanities, cash.hollistah was recently awarded project support from the Youth GrantMakers Council of the Greater Salina Community Foundation to present a two-week breakdancing workshop called“SK Breakdance.”
hollistah says, “I came up with SK Breakdance as a way to highlight hip-hop as a culture. I think when most people think of “hip-hop,” they just think of rappers and that’s it. There are actually four elements to hip-hop; emceeing (rapping), the DJ, the breakdancer and graffiti.”
“I grew up knowing hip-hop as being more than just rap,” he says. “I witnessed all elements of the culture—surprisingly in my old stomping grounds in north Salina. I feel that today’s generation is missing out. I’m excited to bring this event to not only the kids, but the community.”
B-boying or breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated among Black and Puerto Rican youth in New York City during the 1970s. B-boying consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop, funk music, and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for a much wider variety of music, along with certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.
The SK Breakdance Workshop will take place on Tuesdays, February 18 and 20 and Thursdays, February 25 and 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 137 N. Santa Fe in Salina. Classes will be taught by Manhattan, Ks B-Boy instructor Hucktiger. The free workshop is limited to 20 middle or high school students, who may register at SKBreakdance@gmail.com. The final day to register is Monday, February 17th.
There will be a SK Block Party on Thursday, Feb 28th, open to the public, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., also at the Salvation Army. This free event will be the culmination of the workshop and features free snacks, music provided by DJ Carbon of Wichita, a mini-concert by Hollistah, a breakdancing exhibition by SKBreakdance students, a special guest performance by the “Buggin Out Crew” of Kansas City, MO, live graffiti by Chris Ware, and a blank canvas for participants to express themselves.
Class information and a participation release, which must be brought to the first session, will be sent to those registering through the email address. Printed materials will be posted throughout Salina or can be obtained by calling Salina Arts & Humanities at 785.309.5770. For additional information, call Arts Education Coordinator Sharon Benson at the departmental number. She may also be reached at email@example.com.
For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.
Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.