Hip hop dancer comes to Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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