Celebrity guest teacher gives dancers added spark

Dean Lewis from Statue Clothing and Emmanuel Rodriguez from Justice Crew and dancers at the Sparks Dance Centre workshop.
Dean Lewis from Statue Clothing and Emmanuel Rodriguez from Justice Crew and dancers at the Sparks Dance Centre workshop. Alistair Brightman

BREAKING into their own style and sampling some Aussie-styled hip hop was the goal when dancing sensation Emmanuel Rodriguez from Justice Crew taught a workshop for young dancers in Hervey Bay.

Aspiring young dancers shared the stage with Emmanuel over two days as they learned moves from the down-to-earth dance legend many of them had idolised on TV.

Sparks Dance Centre director Tina Sparks said it was great to see the kids pushed out of their comfort zone and breaking into their own individual styles.

"And yes, he did play some of the songs from his band," she said. "I think having a celebrity teaching really pumps them up.

"The kids really enjoyed hearing where he came from and that they'll need drive if they want to go far as a dancer."

Emmanuel told the group he would be happy to return for another workshop in the future.

Topics:  dance class, dancing, hervey bay, hip hop, justice crew

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