What do beatboxing and breakdancing have to do with education? As it turns out, a lot more than you might think!
Take a creative turn in your class this week and introduce your students to Rashidi Omari, the co-director of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company at the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA. This violence prevention and arts education organization has been serving youth ages 3-18 for 22 years in a mission to end isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people. It achieves this mission through after-school, weekend, and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, conflict resolution, performance and youth leadership. Destiny’s core curriculum, the Five Fingers of Violence Prevention, teaches youth of all ages basic awareness, conflict resolution and self-defense skills. Destiny’s youth share their learning with their communities through performance and they reach an impressive 50,000 audience members each year!
San Francisco area local PBS station KQED takes your students into Omari’s dance studio to find what hip-hop means to him and his students in this engaging video series. In the process, your students will learn the basics of beatboxing and get active with some breakdancing moves. Move those chairs to the side of the room and get dancing! Learn more about this resource for K-13+ here.