Hip-hop club kicks off another year


Serafina Urrutia | Hawkeye The Hip-hop club prepares during one of their practices before the Homecoming assembly.

By Shannon Beaumont

Co-captains of the hip-hop club, junior Erick Yanzon and sophomore Jannon Roque, along with adviser Ashley Johnson, lead the club as it takes on its ninth year, which started in 2003.
This year, the hip-hop club decided to be a club, rather than a sports team, as they had been the previous year.
For the club’s first event of the year, they performed an intricate dance set to a series of songs, including “Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas, “Get Up” by Ciara, and “As Long as you Love Me” by Justin Bieber and Big Sean in the Homecoming and Fall Activities assembly on Oct. 5.
During the performance, the break dance club joined in with a few tricks, earned their own cheers, and finished off the dance set.

Serafina Urrutia | Hawkeye
The Hip-hop club prepares during one of their practices before the Homecoming assembly.

The club spent three weeks working on the choreography made by Roque, Yanzon, and sophomore Jaira Arcilla for the selected songs.
Practice was every day from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. after school during Homecoming week, instead of the usual Monday and Wednesday practices, near the HUB in front of the art showcase.
There was an additional assembly practice from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.3.
Following Homecoming, the Hip-Hop team will be performing in each spirit assembly, Jam Session, Multi-Cultural Night and the Hip-Hop Showcase.
The Hip-Hop Showcase, a performance of local dance teams including Kontagious Performing Company, a dance team that originally formed at Mountlake Terrace High School, will be held in May of 2013.
They started a showcase in April 2011, led by the previous captain Javon Williams, that was entitled, “Spoken Movement.”
The Hip-Hop club will not be entering any competitions this year, although last year they participated in the Kent Lake High School competition and the Capital Hill competition.
They unfortunately did not qualify into districts competition, but it was a great start for the team to be on the more serious and upgraded level of dancing.
This year, the club consists of 13 people, that includes six new members after three graduates left last year.
Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, they are learning a new routine, led by Roque, and junior Joscelyn Princesa, for the Winter Activities Assembly on Nov. 30, 2012.
In order to join Hip-Hop, which is available all year round, a student must talk to either the adviser or the captains, have an ASB card, have a signed activities code and be academically eligible.
“I’m going to miss my family here,” said Lina Rickels, referring to the hip-hop club as she gets ready for college next year.