How Breakdancing Teens Can Inspire Innovation in Education

By Steve Larosilier in Huffington Post 

A few dozen New York City high school students have an after school hustle on the Brooklyn bound Q train. When I leave work everyday, I see a small group of teenagers practicing dance moves on the subway platform at Union Square. They are doing spins, bantering about the school day, and some are counting money.

As soon as the train comes, they survey the size of the crowd on the train, jump in, and then the subway doors close.

Three kids move towards the middle of the crowded subway car. 

“It’s showtime everybody!”

“What time is it?” 

The other members respond, “It’s showtime!”

One kid gets the boom box ready while the others assume their positions.

Some hip hop music mix comes through the speakers. The group starts clapping. The show begins. 

There’s a 2-3 minute choreographed routine of breakdance, unique tricks with hats, and swinging on poles. Senior citizens, mothers with children, young professionals, hipsters, fashionistas all stop and stare at the performance.

They perform these dance moves while the train is moving. It’s incredible. Claps are initiated by the youth which prompts claps from subway passengers. 

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