Outreach: Think you can’t do Hip Hop in a library? Think again!

by Quynn Johnson

Our Motion Express youth outreach program has a new partner in the shiny, new Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library at the corner of 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Every Wednesday afternoon, young children living in the Shaw neighborhood have the opportunity to learn Kid Hop with JOMDC’s own Taurus Broadhurst. Kid Hop teaches the very basics of Hip Hop dance technique and terminology and highlights the importance of rhythm. Taurus holds the class for elementary school students in an all-purpose room at the library, so nobody gets shushed by a librarian!

To Taurus, dance class at a library just makes sense: ”It’s an excellent program to have at the DC Public Library because it bridges education with the arts. What better place to work reading, writing, and rhythm.”

As a part of Motion Express, we can offer the dance class for free to DC children. At the end of the 20-week session, the students will get the chance to show off what they’ve learned for their family and friends in May.

For more information on Project Motion Community Outreach and how you can arrange a free dance class for your school or youth program, please contact me at outreach@joyofmotion.org. To lend your financial support to this program, contact development@joyofmotion.org