In Our June, 2017 Issue:

Metro State Breaking Club Joins Student Life

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The Metro State Break­ing Club made its cam­pus debut at the Monte Carlo Night on April 28. In front of a Stu­dent Cen­ter audi­ence, Kevin Vang, Genny Moua and Robert Thao per­formed their sig­na­ture break danc­ing moves.

The crowd applauded the dancers’ impres­sive steps, spins, flips and freezes. Soon, the audi­ence broke away from their card games to join the excite­ment. They learned new tech­niques and had fun show­ing off their dance skills

Kevin Vang, the founder of this new stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion, felt some­thing was miss­ing at Metro State. “I wanted to bring some­thing fresh and new to the uni­ver­sity,” he said. Vang, also known as Bboy Keej, has been break danc­ing for seven years.

He started when he was a fresh­man in high school. Now, Vang is an instruc­tor at House of Dance Twin Cities, a cen­ter for hip-​hop and break danc­ing. There he dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for teach­ing. He enjoys see­ing stu­dents learn new skills and dis­play their individuality.

Besides instruct­ing, Vang is also a com­pet­i­tive break dancer. As a mem­ber of the Icy Styles Crew, Vang trav­els to tour­na­ments that pit five-​member teams against each other.

Videos of tour­na­ment com­pe­ti­tion are avail­able on the Icy Styles Crew’s YouTube page, includ­ing their semi­fi­nal matchup ver­sus the Majes­tic Crew at the Patrick Henry Jam in Minneapolis

Vang plans to attend the Freestyle Ses­sion Min­nesota Qual­i­fier over Memo­r­ial Day week­end at the Fine Line Music Café in Min­neapo­lis. At this com­pe­ti­tion, con­tes­tants will clash for top prizes includ­ing cash, tro­phies, Sound­set Music Fes­ti­val tick­ets, and entry to the Freestyle Ses­sion World Finals

In addi­tion to com­pet­ing, Vang also per­forms at com­mu­nity events. Many orga­ni­za­tions seek dance teams to enter­tain crowds at gath­er­ings. From whirling wind­mills to beau­ti­ful back­spins, audi­ences enjoy the orig­i­nal­ity and cre­ativ­ity of break danc­ing rou­tines. Recently, the Hop­kins Police Depart­ment requested a House of Dance per­for­mance team for a sum­mer get-​together at the Hop­kins Cen­ter for the Arts.

Start­ing this sum­mer, Vang will offer break­ing work­shops at Metro State. These sem­i­nars will fea­ture guest B-​boys and B-​girls that have com­peted at the national level. At Monte Carlo Night, Vang intro­duced his crew­mate Genny Moua, also known as Zony. At Jam for Food 2017, Zony won the “Most Valu­able Breaker” award. He also pro­pelled the Icy Styles Crew to a sec­ond place fin­ish in the event’s five-​on-​five break­ing competition.

The Metro State Break­ing Club meets on Mon­days from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stu­dent Cen­ter on the St. Paul cam­pus. You can find them in the cafe­te­ria. Dur­ing the first hour, par­tic­i­pants will learn basic moves and dis­cuss break danc­ing cul­ture and lifestyle. Then, stu­dents will prac­tice while Vang pro­vides coach­ing and encouragement.

Accord­ing to the club’s OrgSync page, break danc­ing is a sport that encour­ages per­sonal devel­op­ment through car­dio, strength and men­tal train­ing. Many break­ers find that learn­ing the sequences requires hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and determination.

While break­ers can acquire moves by watch­ing tuto­ri­als on YouTube, they will prob­a­bly notice greater improve­ment by prac­tic­ing with oth­ers. Break­ing Club mem­bers will chal­lenge and inspire each other to improve

The Mon­day club meet­ings fea­ture more than an edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence. For music lovers, there will be a mix of tunes played dur­ing the dance rou­tines. The beats moti­vate and move mem­bers to per­fect their per­for­mance. “We play old-​school hip-​hop remixed with sounds from cul­tural music,” Vang said

Meet­ings are also great oppor­tu­ni­ties to meet fel­low stu­dents, develop friend­ships on cam­pus and get involved in the broader Twin Cities break­ing com­mu­nity. Mem­bers will receive noti­fi­ca­tions of local com­pe­ti­tions to attend as par­tic­i­pants or spectators

If you are inter­ested in becom­ing a B-​girl or B-​boy, the Metro State Break­ing Club wants to meet you! Even if you don’t want to dance, attend a meet­ing to take a break from your course­work and cheer on great break­ers. Please visit their OrgSync page for up-​to-​date information.