Friday night's energy carried over to the next day's Community Workshops. With our regular gym space unavailable, it was a nostalgic moment for BDCP to host the first Community Workshops of the season in Patterson Park Public Charter School's cafeteria. In November 2009, BDCP founders Cynthia Chavez and Brian Gerardo were asked to teach "some hip-hop moves" to fellow teachers and their students. Four teachers and four students (with awesome one awesome roommate) danced in Baltimore Freedom Academy's cafeteria. This would the start of our monthly Community Workshop series (video).
Cafeteria tables and a checker board floor did not stop guest teachers Audrey Medley and Kevyn Jones from leading two high energy dance workshops for the community. Audrey and Kevyn passionately brought their years of experience working with dancers of all skill levels to BDCP. The tradition of sharing the joys of hip-hop dance to all no matter a person's background and experience with dance continues!
BDCP's adult dance team, the BDCP Collective, were the Community Workshops' biggest cheerleaders. On Sunday, the BDCP Collective closed out Kickoff Weekend by auditioning potential torch bearers of BDCP's mission. The BDCP Collective spent Sunday afternoon auditioning new members for the team that not only dances together but works to empower all youth who are part of BDCP's programs. Kickoff Weekend concluded knowing that the Baltimore region is full of leaders who believe in our youth and want to join the movement to continually advance access to hip-hop dance opportunities.