Giving through dance

By Geoff Lee

August 4, 2016 12:00 AM

14-year-old dancer Macey Afseth will be teaching hip hop dance moves like this for free to a group of 50 boys and girls at Fame Dance Studios in Lloydminster Aug. 8-9.

A 14 year-old Lashburn dancer with a heart of gold is putting on a free two-day dance camp at Fame Dance Studios in Lloydminster for kids who can’t afford lessons.
The project is the brainchild of teenage assistant studio dance instructor Macey Afseth,  who received an overwhelming response to her camp idea after posting it on Facebook.
“Dance is a really expensive activity to be doing and I know a lot of people right now, because of the economy, can’t afford dance,” said Afseth.“So I just thought I would give the kids a little dancing experience.”
The camp will go ahead Aug. 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with about 50 kids from age four to 10 learning hip hop and jazz dance steps.
“I’ve always been taught to be kind and reach out to people who need help,” said Afseth.
“Me and my mom were talking one day and we thought it was going to be a really good idea.”
About 100 kids had to be turned down because the studio doesn’t have the space, but studio owner Sarah Makins called Afseth’s idea brilliant and worth repeating.
“We’re actually going to do them throughout the year—I was so impressed with her idea,” said Makins.
“I said, ‘Macey, we’re going to fly with this; this will be your project and you do as many as you wish throughout the year.’ “
Makins said they might even do a back to school one coming up in the last week in August with so much interest in the first camp.
“There was no one but her to have this idea because she loves dance herself and she appreciates how much her mom works to keep her in dance.”
Makins called Afseth one of her studio’s most outgoing, kind and welcoming young ladies who will focus the camp on hip hop.
“Hip hop is kind of one of the easier ones to learn and you can kind of be more yourself where the other ones you need more technique,” said Afseth.
Afseth has invited some of her Fame classmates to help instruct the camp along with some volunteer help from instructor Brianna Martin.
Most of the kids for the camp are coming from Lloydminster and Lashburn,  including about 15 boys.
Afseth said she’s been dancing since she was two and competitively at Fame studios since she was nine.
“I do hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, point—we pretty much do it all there,” she said.
In May, she and several classmates entered the StarQuest dance competition in Las Vegas where the team won first place in a couple of dances and the best costume award.
Dancing, she said, gives you a way to express yourself and to just be yourself.
“I love kids so much so I figure I love dancing and I love kids, so why not just try teaching it,” she said about her camp idea.

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