Hip Hop Internationals better known as HHI is a world wide dance competition that took place in Phoenix earlier this month. Over 40 countries from all over the world competed in multiple divisions to earn a shot at representing their country through dance. Our Urban Missionary Kiersten Willis spent all week rubbing elbows with dancers all across the globe as well as took our @adc_eint dancers to witness USA finals. Through the help of our donors, Elevate was able to also sponsor two of our dancers to train at one of their Urban Moves workshops where they were pushed to new levels and able to dance with some of the best dancers in the world.
"I attended one of the cyphers (freestyle dance session) and there were so many different languages being spoken and even though we couldn't understand each other verbally, we all spoke the universal language of dance, and that was a perfect example of God's beautiful gift of arts"---Kiersten Willis
This past weekend
our Urban Missionary Kiersten Willis taught at a national dance convention
called Choreography Pro's Jr Convention. Thanks to donors specifically towards
our Creative Arts Department and Urban Missionary, Elevate International
was able to send three of our teen dancers from our dance crew Anomalous to
attend this convention. Our teen dancers spent two days learning from
choreographers who have worked nationally with the NFL, NBA, AFL, and more.
They learned various styles such as Jazz, Hip-Hop and Pom. Conventions are not
easy, designed for dancers to train at intense levels, exposing them
to challenging material and giving them the opportunity to train under
teachers they may not have access to otherwise. In addition they also are
able to meet other dancers from across the country. We are proud of Nate, Mali,
and Isis for pushing through!