Hazen High School breakdancing club makes all the right moves

January 31, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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By Christina Corrales-ToyTwo members of Hazen High School’s Breakdancing Club perform back handsprings at the club’s Jan. 17 meeting.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Two members of Hazen High School’s Breakdancing Club perform back handsprings at the club’s Jan. 17 meeting.

Every Monday and Thursday after school, a group of 10 or so Hazen High School students, and an energetic Spanish teacher, get together to relieve a little bit of stress after a long day.

Their particular stress release doesn’t involve meditation or sports competition, though; rather, it’s through dance that they chase away the anxiety of a grueling school day.

Just follow the music toward a nondescript location between the gymnasium and the cafeteria, where you will find the group standing in a circle, cheering on one of their colleagues as he shows off his breakdancing moves in the center of it all.

Among them will be Kevin Takisaki, the Breakdancing Club’s adviser and a Spanish teacher at the school, who doesn’t hesitate to jump into the fray and display the moves he acquired during college.

“It’s just a great way to express yourself,” Takisaki said. “You never really get to be creative through movement when you’re in school, so it’s a nice thing to have an outlet once the day is done.”

Hazen seniors Andrew Truong and Justen Huang joined the club when they were freshman, and they understand firsthand the benefits that come with breakdancing.

“It’s like expressing yourself, but at the same time it’s really physical, so it wows people,” Truong said. “I like to wow people and have them enjoy it, because when you wow them with those moves, they start to understand how much creativity it takes.”

The energetic, acrobatic nature of breakdancing makes it an exciting and innovative outlet, something Huang said he was looking for in a club.

“I like breakdancing because I can express myself in a different way, because I would like to sing, but I’m not very good at it, so I express it through dancing,” he said.

There is an underlying “breakdancing culture” at the school, Truong said, and the club has been around for a number of years, but it almost didn’t survive after its previous adviser could no longer devote the time to attend meetings.

That’s when Takisaki, who had just joined the Hazen staff, stepped up to become the club’s new adviser three years ago.

“I got here and said, ‘Well, I want to dance. Do you guys want to dance?’ So, we began recruiting more people to join,” he said.

The club performs at school assemblies and always welcomes new members. Many of the members are boys, but last year, a few girls joined, Takisaki said.

“Dancing is just what you want it to be,” Truong said. “It takes lots of practice, of course, and sometimes people don’t understand that, so they quit early. But, if you love dance, then you should definitely join this club. Try it out.”





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One Response to “Hazen High School breakdancing club makes all the right moves”

  1. Jae kim on March 14th, 2014 5:00 pm

    when is the bboy club at hazen and what time. like thursday after school?

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