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.

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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.

PHOTOS BY JUSTIN HOR­WATH/THE NEW MEX­I­CAN

Hold­ing his weight with his own arm, Sam Pol­lack of Santa Fe, 27, im­pressed even his own break-danc­ing crew.

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