On Saturday, February 22nd, local boys will have another chance to take part in free hip hop dance workshops funded by Cashback for Creativity and run by an Lanntair.
Dancer and tutor Ashley Jack will be visiting the island for the second time and as well as delivering free classes for boys she will be giving adults a chance to have a go with two exciting weekend workshops.
Dance Development Officer at an Lanntair, Kirstie Anderson, said: “We had such an amazing time at Ashley’s classes in 2011 we were determined to get her back – it’s taken two years though so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity.
“I love Ashley’s classes for their energy and for her fun and accessible way of teaching – there is absolutely no pressure to get things perfect and I always feel like I’ve had a workout.
“I try and attend her class every time I’m in Edinburgh so it will be fantastic to have Ashley back up in Stornoway.”
Ashley Jack was introduced to the Hip Hop culture at the age of 17 and immediately found where she belonged.
Since then, she has travelled to New York, Paris, Holland and many other locations, to train, learn, be part of the underground scene and to be influenced by the pioneers in house, Hip Hop, popping and locking.
Learning her history and foundations and applying it to her practice, Ashley continues to bring knowledge and experiences back to Scotland and now for the second time to Stornoway following packed out classes for adults, teens and kids in 2011.
The boys workshops are part of an ongoing project to develop a local boys dance crew in the area.
So far there have been two visiting tutors who have taught over 268 boys aged nine and upwards.
“Feedback has been incredible and the results have been fantastic with complete participation, masses of enjoyment and loads of talent discovered,” continued Kirstie, adding: “Tutors have been blown away by the response and skills of our local boys!”
Ashley will be the third tutor to be working local youngsters and will be introducing more standing skills.
Most of the work to date has been on the floor and upside down but this month the boys will get on their feet to try some styles such as popping and locking.
“And in addition to boys workshops we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without putting Ashley’s skills to use with out growing adult dance community,” expanded Kirstie.
“She will be teaching two of her popular weekly classes from Edinburgh – House and Hip Hop. Both suitable for beginners but not for the faint hearted.
“House in particular is a workout of a class so be prepared to get sweaty and to feel your muscles.”
House dance is an offshoot of hip hop, primarily danced to house music and originates from the clubs of Chicago and of New York.
Kirstie added: “It’s brilliant fun and will definitely get you going.”
And Ashley will also be teaching a more generic hip hop workshops for adults so if you fancy just dipping your toes and finding out a bit more about this exciting style come along and join in the fun.
Boys workshops: Saturday 22nd: 10am (boys 9 – 11) and 11.30am (boys 12+). Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the an Lanntair Box Office in person or online at www.lanntair.com
Adult workshops: House on Friday 21st February (6.30pm) and Hip Hop on Saturday 22nd February (2pm).
Individual workshops £7 (£5) or both for £10 (£9). Book through an Lanntair.
All classes at Hebrides Dance & Wellbeing Studio, Stornoway Golf Club.