Students at Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford, are learning about hip-hop culture, dance, music and urban art. Austin Dailey, CEO of Red Supreme Productions, a DJ and dance entertainment business, has been teaching hip-hop dance moves during gym classes this week. The school is using grant funding for the program, titled Move It! Groove it! Create it!: A Hip Hop Experience, from the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools and Whole Foods Market. On Wednesday, Dailey taught a group of fifth-graders several moves like the top rock, the knee drop, the swipe, the 6-step circle, the crab and the freeze. He also stressed the importance of stretching and building core strength to master the moves. On Thursday night, the school is holding a Family Dance Night, giving the students a chance to display their new skills and knowledge through artwork displays and dance performances. For more on the program, read Julie Stagis’s story here.
- Friends Jacob Desilets, 18, left, and Collin Robertson, 17, play a friendly game with hockey sticks and a puck while skating at Charter Oak Park in Manchester Monday after school. Desilets, a senior, and Robertson, a junior attend Manchester High School. MICHAEL McANDREWS | email@example.com
- (L to R) Binh and Sithuy Nguyen go for their daily walk along the Connecticut River Thursday afternoon as ice flows past. The recent cold temperatures have started to freeze the slow moving river, the photo was taken from the Charter Oak Overpass. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Some awesome art off the wire from the East Coast blizzard Saturday. Here are 5 of my Faves:
- Snow Day