Breakdancing marathon to raise scholarship funds enters 6th day

- A hip-hop school and its dancers have been dancing non-stop for almost a week -- all to raise awareness and money for scholarships. Rain or shine, the break dancers of Break Free Community Center, which is the only hip-hop school in Texas, aren't on the floor to show off. They're spinning, defying gravity, moving non-stop, all to raise money for their Create Your Escape 2016 campaign.

“We wanted to do something grand in a big way, and what bigger platform to do it in than dancing until we reach our goal?," asks Jeremy Pena, the assistant director of Break Free. "We hold ourselves accountable for what we do, and we put it out there that we'll be doing this until we stop, and we really mean that; it's day six now.” 

The group has been dancing for almost a week now, since Wednesday. Members say they won't stop until they raise $1 miillion for the goal of 2,016 scholarships.

At the school, hip-hop is broken down into breakdancing, DJing, graffiti art and MCing.

Administrators say the idea is to shake off the negative misrepresentations of hip-hop that glorify fame and to instead, embrace peace, unity and self-confidence. These scholarships are for students in underserved areas who may not have financial access to an arts education.

“The most valuable return we get on students learning to express themselves is that it really strengthens their identity," says Nayeli Garza, the curriculum developer of Break Free. "It gives children a strong sense of what their talents are, so they grow to be confident, they grow to be strong, they're leaders.” 

As of Monday night, Break Free has raised enough money for 30 scholarships, leaving 1,986 to go. If you’d like to donate, visit the group’s Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/iBreakFree.


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