Schoolkids strut their stuff on West’s hip hop stage

A RAW combination of urban funk’s most challenging dance styles was on show in Footscray last month.
Four intensive months of training and skill development transformed Footscray City College and Kealba and St Albans secondary college students into hip hop heroes.
The vibrant talents were combined in a one-hour concert, Reprezent, that carried the message of what it meant to be a young person growing up in the West.
Cultural Infusion youth projects co-ordinator Catherine Sweeney said the project had helped develop a high level of participation, dedication and energy in each of the young people who had taken part.
“It proves to me that hip hop and other forms of music and dance culture are vital in the development of motivated and resilient young people in our community,” she said.
Rap, popping, breaking, hip hop, shuffling and krumping styles were set to a fusion of hip hop, rock and techno music presented by more than 60 students and their mentors, DJ Wasabi, DJ Science, Karen Beatphonik and B-Boy Lamaroc.
Reprezent – The West Tour included performances at each of the participating schools and a finale at Footscray Community Arts Centre’s pit theatre.