Hip, hop, hup and away

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Hip hop dancers per­form dur­ing De­cem­ber’s Christ­mas in the Park. Legacy in High­bury will be run­ning free hip hop classes dur­ing term time.

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