SOOTW: UI Breakers

What is the name of your organization? 

The UI Breakers

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What is the purpose/mission of your organization?

The purpose of our organization is to spread peace, love, and unity through dance. We are an organization that specializes in breaking (known by the mainstream as breakdancing) and other hip-hop styles of dance. Striving to spread positivity through movement, we find joy in fostering a collaborative community of artists.

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What days/times does your organization typically meet? Do you have any upcoming/recurring events you would like to be made known?

We meet on Mondays and Thursday, 7-9PM in the field house, room S515. We also practice on Wednesdays at Public Space One from 6-8PM. Our next performance will be February 24, at the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration in the Main Lounge of the IMU.

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Why did you personally get involved with this organization? What makes you passionate about this organization? 

“I danced all throughout high school, and knew I wanted to continue on in college. I heard that there was a group on campus who practiced breaking, and I went immediately and haven’t stopped. This organization is really unique in that we attract people from all types of backgrounds. A breakers practice is one of the most diverse settings there are, and it’s been awesome to learn about dance and life from such a special community. Everyone fosters an environment of learning, collaboration, and openness, which makes it a great place to be.” — Ben

“I fell down a rabbit hole of dance videos on YouTube in 2011 and immediately wanted to learn. I watched tutorials on YouTube and mimicked what I saw. I didn’t have anyone around me who had an extensive knowledge of hip hop, let alone breaking as its own style. This is part of what made breaking special for me, but it undoubtedly played a role in the rate of my progression in dance. I had school, extracurricular activities, friends, family and all the other things a high schooler has to worry about, so my passion for dance took a backseat. The main difference I see is that I now have a community for it. My personal progress has changed a lot because I now have a structured practice schedule, and of course; having others who teach, motivate and inspire is beyond helpful. Our community is incredibly tight knit, because you know everyone who is there genuinely wants to be there. We don’t have strict parameters for joining, mandatory practices, an audition process, or dues. Not to mention, breaking is incredibly difficult. Results aren’t immediate and the only possible way to get there is if you keep working at it. A lot of people are interested in breaking because they think it looks cool, but when they try it; they get frustrated and give up. The people in our group are the ones who get back up and try again and again until they get it. Our group is so much more than a student org. It’s about being united through the hip hop culture, which we all found in our own ways, and means different things to each of us. We are very close because of this, it adds dimension to our interpersonal relationships, which I feel have much more depth than a friendship you might form in a class & won’t carry over to the next semester.” –Ramya

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What social media does your organization utilize?

We are on Facebook (The UI Breakers) and Instagram (@theuibreakers)

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If a student is interested in joining this organization, how should they go about it/who should they contact?

If students are interested in joining, just come to one of our practices! It doesn’t matter if they are complete beginners, we welcome and encourage people of all skill levels to come. For more info, we can be reached through our Facebook page, or uibreakers@gmail.com

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