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Library gets a lesson in hip hop

Instructor Rondae Drafts worked with kids on Bow Wow’s “Harlem Shuffle.” Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 24, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Southbridge got schooled.

Rondae Drafts presented "The History of Hip Hop" at the Jacob Edwards Library on Thursday, April 21. The class, which consisted of six boys and one girl, learned the origins of hip hop and the basics of hip hop dance.

Drafts began the class, which lasted for an hour, by showing the intro to the film, "You Got Served." The film, released in 2004, revolves around competitive hip hop break dancing, which gained prominence in Brooklyn in the early 1980s.

"The reason why I partner with a lot of libraries is that it also encourages kids to come to there," said Drafts, who also teaches hip hop dance at M.I.T. "These kids need to have a strong educational background. They love hip hop, we all love hip hop, but they need something to fall back on."

She also credits the fact that students can experience all different kinds of cultures while at the library. Outside of schools, she gives these seminars often at youth centers, but enjoys performing at libraries as it potentially gives the students a reason to come back for similar programs and to become better educated.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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