Hip hop dancer comes to Proserpine
HE had the kids moving along the dance floor and following his every word.
Former member of hip hop dance group Justice Crew, Emmanuel Rodriguez, aka E-Man, came to Proserpine Entertainment Centre to teach a dance workshop last week.
Proserpine Youth Space organised his appearance and local kids relished the opportunity to learn some new moves.
E-Man said he was pleased with the response from the kids.
“The kids responded awesomely,” he said.
“They were great they were proactive and they all had great attitudes and just wanted to have fun and that's exactly what I wanted to see.”
He said dancing was important for youth – he said it taught many core life values including commitment, discipline, team work and self-respect.
He also said he could relate to kids from rural communities having come from Orange, New South Wales.
“Dance was my outlet growing up,” he said.
“I had a lot of challenging times in my life and I would use dance as a form of de-stressing.
“Dance also assists in the development of core life values such as commitment, discipline, team work, self respect a form of relaxation and more.
“Hip hop dance has shown me the world literally. I'm from a small town and I loved to dance and never thought I'd be where I am today. “So always dream big.” Proserpine Youth Space coordinator Rachel Geddes said the day was well-received by everyone.
“Everyone came dressed up to dance,” Ms Geddes said. “They’ve been super excited.” Bendigo Community Bank donated $600 for Youth Space members to attend for free while Fausts IGA, Proserpine Lions Club and community members helped with catering.
LET'S DANCE: E-Man addresses the crowd at Proserpine Entertainment Centre last Wednesday.