A hip hop star has inspired youngsters

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OUR students had a nice surprise last week when a hip-hop dance champion came into Purbrook Park School, writes head of performing arts Amy Taylor.

Last week a group of boys from the school got a real treat when world hip-hop dance champion Tega Toningo came in to work with them for the day.

Tega who lives in Portsmouth, competed in Germany last month where he was crowned World Hip-Hop champion.

It’s the third time in a row he has won this prestigious honour, and it’s something which no-one else has ever achieved.

I organised the day in order to motivate more boys to get involved in dance and give them an interest that they can do after school.

Dance is often perceived as a girls’ activity.

But there is so much talent amongst the boys in our school that we wanted to give them the opportunity to work with someone that they aspire to be.

The pupils ranged from Year 7 to Year 10.

They worked with Tega for the whole day developing a routine.

It was an amazing opportunity for the boys to take part in a full day’s workshop which culminated in a performance to 100 junior school pupils, reaching out to an even younger generation.

The focus was on breaking down stereotypes of boys in dance and to inspire them to take up a hobby that keeps them active and off the streets.

Tega said he enjoyed his visit to Purbrook Park, describing it as ‘amazing’.

Purbrook Park are now hoping to form a solid link with Tega and keep him working with the boys to develop their own competition street crew.