Hip Hop Dancers Needed For March Event In Westfield

WESTFIELD — Why We Dance is looking for individuals interested in dancing at the 4th Annual Why We Dance event on March 24 at the Westfield Y. The event begins at 11 a.m., is free to the public and will feature dance leaders facilitating workshops in the areas of hip-hop, salsa and merengue and drumming.

Why We Dance is holding free dance classes at the Westfield Neighborhood Council on Tuesday nights at 6:30 in where students will learn a dance to be performed at the event. Hip-hop expert Nick Abreu will be a guest teacher at a class. Some of the clubs Abreu and his crewdanced at were the Roxy and Studio 54. He started a hip-hop/B-boy program which is still ongoing in Pittsburgh, Pa. He worked as a choreographer and appeared in a few videos. He is now working on a documentary about the legendary Funhouse night club.

Abreu started dancing in the late seventies and became active in the club scene in the early eighties and continued to dance until the nineties. He was a dancer with the Funhouse B-Boys, a hip hop dance crew. He danced at the Funhouse and other underground and popular clubs in New York and New Jersey.

“We won many dance contests and did many dance battles,” Abreu said. “We wanted to learn the different styles of dance.”

James Douglass a self-taught drummer is from Plainfield and is the percussionist at St. James AME church in Newark will be teaching a drum class.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about the classes or the event contact Candace Waller, coordinator at whywedance@gmail.com or phone 1-908-432-2003.

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