by Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Grade 12
St. Michaels University School has quite a wide selection when it comes to extracurricular activities. It has everything from sports to arts; however, the one thing SMUS has been missing all of these years is the one activity that is the perfect blend between athletics and music: dance. Not just any style of dance but in particular a style which speaks to our new generation’s culture: street style dancing. Although it is still being developed to this day, this includes: hip-hop, breaking, popping, locking and so much more. This energetic and highly entertaining style of dance was created in the 1970s’ and is quite new compared to other styles of dance such as ballet which was created in the 17th century.
The 2ne Ups (pronounced “the tune ups”) is SMUS’ new hip hop and break-dance crew. This group was created by students who share a passion for this style of dance. Their newly self-designed shirts were sported at their very first performance which was SMUS’ first ever Pride Day event. This week, we brought in dancer extraordinaire Roberta Bierman, who taught us some sharp moves and how to show a little attitude when we perform.
Although we are associated with the hip-hop intramural, we practice well beyond the set hours of those classes, due to pure enjoyment. The 2ne Ups dance crew has brought together a wonderful group of people who are enthusiastic about hip hop and break dancing. Newcomers are always welcome and we encourage everyone to come and experience the amount of fun that we have and the teamwork that we experience each week. We hope that this new activity which we have brought to SMUS will continue to progress over the years bringing enjoyment to all who love to dance.