Monday, January 11, 2010

Kids & All Ages Classes: BBoy Don Sevilla at 511 Spot, Saturdays 1:30pm

One thing we hear a lot from parents is "Where can my kid learn that breakdancing?" Of course, the usual response is to clarify if they mean bboying, popping, locking, waacking, or another form of street dance. The fact is that there are a handful of great classes in Los Angeles and Orange County for kids who want to take all ages classes and get a first taste of street dancing. But parents sometimes have a hard time figuring out where to start. So this week, we wanted to go parent-friendly and help kids find classes that might inspire them. First off is a series of Saturday classes taught by old school BBoy Don Sevilla at the 511 Spot in Santa Ana. Don is a well-respected and generous member of the local street dance community. He's been dancing since 1982 and is a member of Soul 2 Soul BBoys, Funny Bones Crew, Urban Poets, an advisor for Culture Shock Los Angeles, and a leader of the In Rhythm With Him dance ministry team. (Photo above is from the Facebook page for Saint City Session.)

Info on the classes include:
Saturday Street Dance Classes
at the 511 Spot, 511 E. Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, California
1:30pm - 2:30pm

You can see a video of BBoy Don sessioning at the 511 Spot here:

And you can see a video of BBoy Don working with middle school kids as part of the Illuminate summer arts program at Hollenbeck Youth Center in Boyle Heights:

Don's Saturday classes are recommended for kids who want to get an introduction to breaking, aka bboying. It's an all ages class at a safe and spacious venue. The instruction is well-paced and adjusted according to the level of the students. No prior dance experience is necessary since Don is great at explaining the basic foundation of breaking. Young students can expect to get a good work out, so bring your knee pads and beanies. You can also walk away from a class with a few simple drills to help you practice on your own. All class fees are for the operation costs of the 511 Spot, which also hosts the Saint City Sessions every other Thursday nights.

You can also find more information on the classes here:

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