Ballet Mixes with Break Dancing
reporter: Chuck Rhodes
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If ballet is on one end of the dance spectrum, break dancing may be its polar opposite. But in Harrisburg, these wildly different styles found some common ground.
It's a dance style born on the streets, featuring artistry, creativity and strength. And for a Harrisburg break dancing team, it's a passion that goes beyond hobby.
"Simply an amazing dance," said break dancer Zephaniah Edmonds. "There are few people who will look at it and just walk away."
Related through blood - and by a love to perform - these boys have been dancing and competing together for six years. But they wanted something to set them apart. They found it at the Capital Area School of the Arts.
Mixing classical dance and ballet moves with break dancing might seem odd at first, but the boys say it's a natural fit.
"Everything we do in CASA and the arts, everyday, helps us so much," said break dancer Elijah Harvey. "If we didn't start that, we wouldn't be a good as we are right now."
Their instructor loves the combination of dance styles.
"You will see now that ballet companies are working with hip-hop artists, because that relationship is forming wonderfully creative art," said Rosemary Battista, a dance teacher at the school.
Without complaint, the boys practice constantly, while maintaining good grades and holding down jobs. Zephaniah's dad, who introduced the boys to break dancing, sees benefits beyond the dancing.
"They've developed teamwork skills, of course, really important," Nate Edmonds said. "Leadership skills and a lot of self motivation. And mainly confidence."
The boys see benefits from a teenager's point of view.
"Our classroom is filled with nothing but girls," said Elijah. "Just me and my cousins."