Friday, August 8, 2014

Fancy Footwork At the Library

Photos by Evan Brandt (video too!)

Normally libraries are quiet places.

Not so Wednesday morning on the main floor of the Pottstown Regional Public Library.

In addition to being packed with kids, the main floor was also pulsing to the beat of the dance music of Ill Style and PEACE.

They are an educational dance troupe which travels the country and breaks down (sorry, couldn't resist) the moves and history of "Lockin'" and "Poppin," dance styles associated with break dancing.

And among the things the students learned is that it should be called "breaking" not "break dancing." It was so named because people danced in the "breaks" or scratching sounds made on LP records.

PEACE, which stands for People Everywhere Are Created Equal, taught the children who invented particular styles and where Michael Jackson got so many of his moves.

The students, and even some of the parents and camp counselors, all got a chance to participate, as you will see at the end of the video I've posted here:

Children's Librarian Leslie Stillings arranged the performance as part of the summer series of events for kids and said she keeps inviting them back because the children really respond to the group.

I'm sorry the photos are not better, but iPhones do not specialize in action shots -- at least not iPhones wielded by yours truly.

Nevertheless, I sent a few out via Twitter and you can see them posted below in this Storify.

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