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September 8, 2011: Break Dancing in Hintonburg.

Break Dancing in Hintonburg.

 This essay, by Ab Sobeha Adamu,  13, is about his dance group, the  HB Breakers. It placed second  in this year’s Newswest Writing  Contest. The contest judges admired  his piece’s overall structure  and his enthusiasm. The D.  Roy Kennedy student received  an iPod Shuffle as his prize.

My neighbourhood,  Hintonburg, is one of the greatest  neighbourhoods you could possibly  live in. It has the best activities  for any time of day like  after school and, during the summer,  over the holidays, or even  before school you can get great  activities. They always keep you  busy; they have everything from  ball hockey to pet care. It’s a  great place to spend time.
The neighbourhood has  changed dramatically over the  years in many ways. There has  been so much construction it’s  almost like we’re living in a new  neighbourhood. The streets have  been paved evenly; the sidewalks  are about twice as large as  they used to be, new buildings  are sprouting like flowers.  Hintonburg has really changed.

Breaking and Hip Hopping.
Even I participate in many of  these activities like break dancing.
That particular activity  changed my life for the better. I  got to experience and learn  many things. You learn rhythm,  and feel of music. You learn how  to move and use music to your  advantage, and you also learn  really cool break dance moves.  You get to meet many new people  and make some new friends.  I started off dancing when I was  about 6 years old and I’m still  dancing at age 13.
During this long elapsed time  of dancing, training and  preparation my friends and I  decided to start a break dance  crew. We decided to call it the  HB Breakers (HB standing for  Hintonburg). We started off  slow, trying to think of people to  recruit to join our crew. We had  to ask people around the  neighbourhood who were in the  dance class to join our crew.  Sooner or later we had gotten  three people to join our crew. So  we had one step done; getting  people to join our crew, now  step 2 was a lot harder; how to  get our crew noticed. That was  the hardest part of creating the  HB Breakers, but a friend of  ours, Lorrie Marlow, helped us  get us known and recognized  around the neighbourhood. We  started off small in a classroom  learning how to walk, but now  we have already started to run.

Celebrating the Tulips.
We started out small and performed  at the Tulip Festival in  Hintonburg: it was a small performance  starting off with a few  people in the audience, but  throughout our performances we  had about large percentage of  the neighbourhood coming to  see us at the Tulip Festival. We   had quite a few performances over the years  at the Tulip Festival, and after a while a few  people knew us. When you get up there on  the stage, all you see are little spots of colours  and eyes looking at you expecting you  to do something amazing. It can get really  nervous when you perform in front of many  people, but you get used to it: you feel like  you are on top of everyone, on that stage  about to show everyone else why you are on  top, because you’re about to dance.
Our skills have grown by a lot: we have  learned about using the stage, about using  our surroundings and about using ourselves  to change the moves we learned and to make  them our own. If we learn a simple move,  we are taught to change that move and make  it our own and give it more style and emphasis  to it.

Dancing on the Hill.
We have performed at many festivals such  as the Tulip Festival, Touch-a-Truck, and the  Senate Chambers for National Child Day.  Touch-a-Truck was a really great experience.  There are so many people who come  down and see all these vehicles. There is  about every vehicle from a school bus to  military transport vehicles.
We had been invited to the Senate  Chambers to perform for National Child  Day. Imagine yourself, in the middle of the  Senate Chambers, standing on this wonderful  bright red carpet, and there are over 300  people watching you, CTV has all their cameras  ready to record you dance and put you  on the news that one night. That was the  most nerve wrecking thing I had ever done,  and probably will ever do.
It was an amazing experience not only  did we get to sit in the Senate Chambers and  watch other great performances by others,  but we got to meet Senator Jim Munson,  which was another great experience.

New Dance Teachers.
We have had a few dance teachers over the  years; I enjoyed all of them equally. They’ve  taught us a lot of styles, moves, and cultures  of break dancing. We started of with our first  dance instructor James. A really nice guy  with some crazy moves taught us the foundation  of the moves and started us off in  break dancing. Our next teacher was Julia; I  think her main effect on our dancing was  that she gave that extra little touch in our  styles and moves. Our latest teacher was  Sammy, he helped us perfect our moves and  taught a lot hard a difficult moves that we  would need to work on for a long time.
I have progressed in dancing thanks to  Hintonburg. Not only did become better in  dancing I learned a new culture, heard new  music and it changed the way I look at it.

Have we ended?
Our group has been broken up because of  wanting to do different things. I still attend  the class with a brand new teacher. We’re  all still friends and we still like to break dance.


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