Hip, hop, hup and away
Legacy, the Highbury community and church centre has hit the new year, not running, but dancing.
Legacy’s John Faiz says from next Monday, the centre will be offering two free after school hip hop classes during term time.
‘‘We recognised a need in the community to engage young people, and dance is a great way to do that. Dance is a powerful medium for self expression.’’
The free classes are made possible because of a relationship Legacy has with Anomaly Dance Studio on Rangitikei St, along with a grant from Creative Communities.
‘‘The classes are normally $80, but we don’t want people to be excluded from participating in the arts based on the kind of family they’ve been born into.’’
Places in the workshops, run by Anomaly’s Jay Pelman, will however be limited to 25 per class, on a first-in first-served basis, though John says they will be keeping a waiting list if it becomes over-subscribed.
‘‘Jay is a terrific youth leader and role model who gets on alongside young people. And he’s cool.’’
The Monday after school classes will work towards performances at the end of terms two and four.
‘‘This will give them a chance to show off what they have learned and perform in front of people as part of a crew.’’
The dance classes are part of Legacy’s extended social and community involvement which sees the centre serve the city’s biggest community meal every Monday evening.
‘‘We’ve been doing this since 2013, and engaging between 150 – 250 people every Monday night. Last year we served 9000 meals.’’
Known as Just Hope, the meals are supported by local businesses and by people who John says ‘‘have a heart to look after others’’.
‘‘Some people add $10 to their supermarket budget and give from that. We’ve never run out of food’’
As many as 60 regular volunteers prepare and serve the food, with meals comprising five vegetables and dessert – and all for the average price of $1.50 a head.
‘‘It’s a great opportunity for them to engage in the com- munity and to give back to it.
‘‘People don’t just come for the food, they also come for the community connection. Social connectedness is the biggest contributor to people’s wellbeing and happiness.’’
Legacy also runs a youth and children’s programme, as well as the Restore programme for those struggling with addictions, which is run in partnership with the Lido gym.
Starting on Monday February 1, Legacy’s dance classes for 8-10 year-olds are between 3.30 – 4.15pm, and from 4.15 – 5pm for 11-13 year-olds
‘‘People are welcome to stay on afterwards for the meal,’’ John says.
For more information and class registrations, contact John on 357 1276
Jay is a terrific youth leader and role model who gets on alongside young people. And he’s cool.
Hip hop dancers perform during December’s Christmas in the Park. Legacy in Highbury will be running free hip hop classes during term time.