MULTIMEDIA: Hip-Hop Dance Camp gets kids moving this summer

Dawn J. Sagert
York Dispatch

The basement of Martin Library was anything but quiet on Wednesday, July 19. Parents watched from the front and sides of the room as Antiwne Freeman, of Illstyle & Peace Productions, a Philadelphia-based dance company, demonstrated the moon walk to about 30 kids.

Antiwne Freeman, of Illstyle & Peace Productions, based in Philadelphia, demonstrates the moon walk during a free dance camp provided by the Positive Energy Arts Foundation at Martin Library in York City, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The hip-hop themed dance camp, in its second year at Martin Library, is sponsored by the York-based Positive Energy Arts Foundation.

“Positive Energy Arts' mission is to use dance and the arts as a positive catalyst in our community and our children and our schools,” said foundation co-founder Thomas Flagg. “… And of course, it’s free.”

Along with teaching the kids how to dance, Freeman said, the instructors also “teach the history of hip-hop to the kids.”

He added, “The best part of this camp … is the kids' faces and seeing them smile and wanting to do the things I’ve been doing for years — and that’s more of a blessing for me.”

The camp concludes this week with a final performance of “Become Your Dreams: The History of Hip-Hop” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, in the Simpson Room at Martin Library.