Tweens are invited to attend Hip Hop Explosion on Friday, June 21st at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL. Hip Hop Explosion is designed for kids ages 7 and up. Tickets are $6 a person and the color theme for the June 21st event is green. Kids are encouraged to wear any shade of green, and wearing green is not required to attend. Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance at www.LakesideLegacy.org. Jamba Juice sells smoothies for $4 a drink at the event. Lakeside is located 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake, IL.
Hip Hop Explosion is put together with a partnership with Lakeside Legacy Foundation, Harper College Pom and Dance Team, Berkshire Ballet Theatre, Fast Forward Marketing and Stacy Pahl and Janet Kay of from me 2 you photography.
Hip Hop Explosion happens once a month and features a 2 hour hip hop program where kids learn short dance routines and free style moves. "After a successful pilot program this spring, we are excited to continue this community event each month," remarked Siobhan Cottone, Lakeside's Executive Director. "We came together to offer tweens a fun and safe environment to learn cool routines. To hang out with friends, and design a program that encourages young people to build self-confidence through performing in groups, and express themselves through dance and movement!"
One of the stars of Hip Hop Explosion is lead dance instructor, Victor Lugo. Victor is in his 2nd year at Harper College where he is studying to become a nurse. Owner of Summers Academy of Dance, The Berkshire Ballet Theatre, and Advisor to the Harper College Dance and Pom team, Vicki Summers said, "To Victor, dance is not just moves; they are emotions and muscle reactions that come from music. Every move is natural and parallel to the music, and not only is he a talented dancer but he is a role model to the tweens who attend the event. They look up to him, learn, and have fun at the events because he is there!" The dance instructors from Harper College all volunteer their time and talents to teach at Hip Hop Explosion!
Each event is documented by photographers Janet Kay and Stacy Pahl of from me 2 you photography. Kay and Pahl said, "We are impressed with the leadership and dedication of the Harper Dance Team and the positive role models they are for the children. Lakeside Legacy Arts Park provides a safe environment for the community to come together and connect through dance. The energy is contagious! We enjoy being a part of a program that serves the children of our community."
For more information on Hip Hop Explosion and to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.LakesideLegacy.org. The summer dates for Hip Hop Explosion are June 21, July 19, and August 23. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door or online. Lakeside Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization located at the Historic Dole Mansion at 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake, IL.