GETTING ‘ENERGY OUT THERE’ WITH BREAK-DANCING
Tyrone Clemons, 26, of Santa Fe, said he has been dancing for 10 years. The dancing allows members to ‘get our energy out there’ to the community in a positive way, he said.
The Santa Fe Indian Center, a growing local nonprofit, put a spotlight on Native American culture — both traditional arts, music and dance and more contemporary styles — Saturday at Ragle Park. The organization held its seventh annual American Indian Community Day, a free event for both tribal and nontribal people.
The event was especially geared toward youth. The Indian Center recently launched an Urban Native Youth Council is hoping to draw more members.
Among the entertainment lineup Saturday was the 3HC Holy Faith break-dancing group, which performed in a park pavilion.
Colin White, 24, who has been dancing with the group for five years,said break dancing helped him lose 70 pounds. “In high school, I was kind of an angry kid,” White said. “So I needed a way to get energy out.”
Tyrone Clemons, 26, who has been dancing for 10 years, said the practice allows members to “get our energy out there” to the community in a positive way.
For Clemons’ mentor, 32-year-old Ricky Rodriguez of Santa Fe, break-dancing is a family tradition. His 8-year-old son, “Little Ricky,” a Nava Elementary School student, impressed the crowd while spinning on his head and leaping into the air.
Holding his weight with his own arm, Sam Pollack of Santa Fe, 27, impressed even his own break-dancing crew.