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Fresh Moves at the Agassiz Baldwin Hip Hop Festival

Jerking, floating, doing the robot --all names ascribed to hip hop dance steps that are as quick, catchy, and in-your-face as the moves that take pre-teen, teen and young adult performers across the stage in synchronized struts, controlled slides, or dizzying, gravity-defying flips at the Agassiz Baldwin Hip Hop Festival. This annual event, hosted on the Maria L. Baldwin School Stage since 1996, showcases talented dancers who exhibit fresh approaches to old skool moves like “the cabbage patch” and “the wop” (remember those?), cheered on by a crowd of 250 or more school-age children and their chaperones.

“The Hip Hop Festival is really interactive,” states Maria Laine, Director of Children’s Programs at Agassiz Baldwin Community. “Kids connect to the music, and they see themselves in it. They cheer, clap their hands, stand up and dance. It’s not a sit-down-and-be-quiet kind of show.” Favorite dance troupes return annually to showcase the freshest additions to the hip hop dance dictionary, inspiring a new generation of dancers, choreographers, and culture-hounds to leap to their feet, sing along, shout, and boogie. Sometimes audience members become performers themselves, either during the show as surprise “guerrilla” acts, or by returning the following year with a dance routine all their own.

The Hip Hop Festival takes place on Thursday, February 20th, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. at the Maria L. Baldwin School in Cambridge. This year’s festival includes performances by the Deborah Mason School of Dance, Community Art Center Dance Crew, The Hip Hop Transformation youth rappers, King Open Extended Day’s Best Dance Crew, and more! Tickets are $2 per person or $5 per family group. Afterschool groups can attend free if they RSVP to Maria Laine at mlaine@agassiz.org with their program name, contact person, number of students, and the number of adult chaperones.

The Agassiz Baldwin Community is a private, non-profit organization with a forty-year history of quality programs and services in the Cambridge community.