A Windsor dance group hip-hopped in the new year by dazzling the crowd before the Denver Nuggets’ basketball game Jan. 1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Seventy dancers from Windsor’s Just For Kix dance program performed at the Prime Time Series, and included boys and girls in the Tiny Boys Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop, Wee Hip Hop, Mini Hip Hop and Jr. Hip Hop groups.
“The ages of the dancers range from 3 through juniors in high school,” said Christin Randall, director of Windsor Just For Kix dance program. “This was all the hip-hop students of the Windsor Dance Program. There were nine Tiny Hip Hop Boys ranging from 3 to first grade, 13 Boys Hip Hop ranging from second to fifth grades, 10 Wee Hip Hop Girls ranging from second to third grades, 29 Mini Hip Hop girls ranging from fourth to seventh grades and nine Jr. Hip Hop girls ranging from eighth to 11th grades.”
Windsor Just For Kix is located in the Windsor Health Club, 655 Academy Court in Windsor.
Randall said registration is open year round and anyone interested in joining can cal (970) 213-0123 or visit the Just For Kix website at www.justforkix.com/danceclasses/windsor_co.
Randall said the performance at the Pepsi Center was a mass hip-hop performance including all of the hip-hop classes.
“A total of 70 dancers performed pre-game,” Randall said. “The performance was six minutes long.”
Randall said her students were excited to be able to get the chance to perform at such a large venue.
“The dancers were so thrilled to be given this opportunity to perform at center court of an NBA game,” Randall said. “They worked extremely hard and even came to rehearse on their winter break. Although they were nervous, their excitement and dedication persevered on the court that night.”
Randall said the dancers gave their best effort, and they all adhered to the program’s philosophy.
“They performed their best that night, and that is all I wanted for them,” Randall said. “The Just For Kix philosophy is: ‘Doing your best is more important than being the best.’ This is something that I preach to the dancers all the time.”
Watching her dancers at the Pepsi Center was a big highlight for Randall.
“This was probably one of my highlights of this dance season,” Randall said.
Randall has taken the Just For Kix program far over the last four years.
“I started the Windsor Just For Kix dance program four years ago with 14 students and now there are close to 200 of them, and to see just my hip-hop students at center court of an NBA game was incredible,” Randall said. “I teach these kids the art of dance because it is my passion and I want to share it with them, and in doing what I love we were able to give an awesome opportunity and memorable experience to them. I was one proud coach to say the least. The hip-hop program consists of the 70 girls and boys, but I also have Kix’s and Jazz classes that make up the remainder of the 200 students in my program.”