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Loyola Breakers Make Their First Moves

Ever imagine being able to dance on your head? Most of us cannot even touch our toes; however, The Breakers mastered both. This past month, The Breakers, Loyola’s Breakdance Club, held their first school event on Friday, February 17th. The five hour long event included a workshop, special guest, and free pizza.

The event started with a group of middle school students showing off the dance moves they learned this past semester. Every semester since the Breakers started in 2009, they have co-hosted “Hip Hop for Social Justice” with LASO. LASO is a youth program to teach middle schoolers the importance of dance.  The program also shows that going to college is not all about studying and books. It emphasizes how getting a higher education can be mixed in with perusing a passion.

Genny Pegan, a Loyola University Senior, said, “I loved seeing Loyola [University] students collaborate creatively with Chicago youth.”

After the kids danced, the Breakers brought in special guest Maya Lao. Maya is a self proclaimed “B-Girl”, a term used to describe a girl who breakdances. Maya, not a member of LASO, built a career by traveling to different universities in order to talk about breakdancing. Maya gave a short speech highlighting the importance of continuing the art of breakdance. She also touched on the importance for kids to be able to express themselves through outlets such as dance. Whether it is ballet, jazz, hip-hop, or breakdance, all dance is a constructive activity that every child can enjoy.

Chong Choi, Loyola Breakers’ president, said, “We aim to bring diversity to Loyola [University]; ultimately creating a positive and unique experience for all Loyola [University] students and staff.”

The Loyola Breakers started off with very few members. They only had four members when they started in 2009,now they have twenty

As for the future of Loyola Breakers, Choi said, “ The best thing about being a Loyola Breaker is the close group of member we have in the club. We practice almost everyday together and we do a lot activities outside the club together. We didn’t start off as friends who joined at the same time, but rather became friends as started practicing together.”

“My hopes as president of Loyola Breakers are to have a solid group of active members every semester. The transition from the two years has been harsh reflected in the small number of past active members I am really hoping the dedication retains in the future years to come,” said Chong.

The Breakers meet Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 pm in Zips. They also have a Facebook group for more information. Watch this video in order to see some of the moves the Breakers are able to perform.

This is not footage from the event.

  • written by cdye1 on March 22nd, 2012
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