This year, we held our inaugural Breakdancing Event for the community in Rocinha. After such a difficult year, it was amazing to get the community together for an event they could all participate in, and share in the talent on display. Held over two days, we had 45 kids from 3 favelas come and demonstrate their BBoy skills, as well as professionals showcasing their talents.
On the Sunday, the dancing was hosted in the amphitheatre at the top of Rocinha favela, a space that had fallen into disrepair. We worked tirelessly to get lighting, seating and music systems rigged up, and turned a derelict space into a real performance space, looking out over the city of Rio. Best of all, over 100 kids from our Rocinha community centre participated, and everyone received medals from a world famous Breakdancer.
The event was about so much more than just dancing. We hosted a forum about the importance of culture, how Breakdancing is a mode of expression that helps people to define themselves. It is so important that communities understand they control their own culture, and having such a distinctive skill to showcase is a proud moment for the identity of Rocinha.
The event was a huge success, and we can’t wait for the next one. It was the perfect example of what ACE can do - bring together communities through the art and talent of the locals, finding cultural identity in the activities they engage with. In a few years, it will be the kids of Rocinha who are being hosted as the professionals, sharing their culture with the world.
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