Fame: They're going to dance forever

By Geoff Lee

August 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Fame Dance Studio students Macey Afseth, foreground, and Hanna Greening, right, lead some kids age four to 10 through some free hip hop dance lessons at the studio Tuesday.

Hip hop, lunch, hip hop.
That’s the way it went down for kids ages four to 10 along with some jazz moves during a free dance camp held at Fame Studios Ltd. in Lloydminster Monday and Tuesday.
A second free back to school camp is already being talked about with the first camp declared a success by organizer Macey Afseth from Lashburn.
“About 50 kids were going to come but a few didn’t show up because they were sick and stuff so now we have about 35,” said the 14 year-old studio dancer.
It was her idea to hold a free dance camp for young kids whose parents can’t afford the cost of lessons in the economic downturn.
“They seem like they love it, they seem to really enjoy it,” said Afseth, who noted the kids favoured hip hop more than the jazz offering.
Afseth was helped by a group of parents and studio dancers including Hanna Greening.
“It’s been amazing, the kids are so fun and they just love dancing,” said Greening.
“They really like doing the moves and stuff and they would rather do hip hop than jazz.”
Asked what she was learning, little four year-old Cesli John said,
“Lots of stuff – learning hip hop.”
“I enjoy everything,” said nine year-old Alyssa Dixon, who specified she liked the hip hop best along with her instructor Macey.
Eight-year-old Kylee Gauvin said she was “learning to do jazz walk and ballerina run.”
Asked if she was tired or still had lots of energy left on the second day, the youngster replied, “I have lots of energy.”
The event included food and snacks for the kids and plenty of water breaks.
Macey’s mom Amanda said the event was “absolutely fantastic.”
“The response we’ve had from the kids, the parents, the community in general has just been awesome—so positive and encouraging, so we really look forward to doing it again in the future,” she said.
She also credits her daughter for coming up with the idea to help others on her own with the backing of herself and the studio.
“We haven’t had one little bump in the road,” she said.
“It’s been positive the whole way through.”
She noted Sobeys donated hot dogs for lunch on Monday and the Lashburn Town & Country Golf Club donated hotdogs Tuesday.
The event was also assisted by some small individual sponsors.

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