Some of the kids from Coraki getting ready for their Stylin’ Up performance.
Some of the kids from Coraki getting ready for their Stylin’ Up performance.

Hip hop crew stylin' up at festival

A group of 29 young people from all over the North Coast is heading to Inala (near Brisbane) to participate in the Stylin’ Up hip hop and RnB festival which attracts around 15,000 people.

The group, known as the United Nations of Hip Hop Crew, has come together to participate in the festival’s dance competition after months of workshops and rehearsals organised by the Creative People’s Collective (CPC).

“We thought it would be cool for these kids to be involved. There’s nothing like that around here,” said project coordinator Zahra Smith.

Zahra has been working with groups in Coraki/Box Ridge, Lismore, Yamba and Federal and they all came together for the first time last Friday.

“There was a few people who couldn’t make it so not everyone has met yet, but it was exciting to all be up on stage together for the first time,” she said. “I was worried it could be a disaster, but the kids are really bright. They stayed about five hours working through it.”

The group is aged from as young as 8, right up to 26. About half of the participants in the group are Indigenous and several other nationalities are represented, hence the named the United Nations of Hip Hop. Their routine incorporates circus skills with hip hop dance and the program also focuses on building confidence and teamwork skills of the participants.

They will be competing against professional dance school from Brisbane and groups from Indigenous communities all over Queensland.


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