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By Eric Heinz
Jena Minnick-Bull, owner and operator of South Coast Conservatory dance studio, will host the Hip-Hop Master Classes on Aug. 27 and 28. The classes feature professional dancers and instructors Chuck Maldonado, Amy Allen and SuperDave.
SCC focuses on education, which is provided to the community for people who otherwise wouldn’t have the access or opportunity.
The program also aims to “sustain the arts in the community, helping to provide performing arts scholarships,” according to the event press release.
The Dance Discovery Foundation, which supports SCC, teachers and students to carry out these programs.
With the Hip-Hop Master Classes, anyone can join, but SCC is sponsoring three of its students from the Orange County Gang Reduction & Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP) to reward them for their hard work in school and in the dance programs.
Minnick-Bull said this was a way to make more students feel included and give them something to participate in.
“They were noticing they had a lot of girls in the program, and I figured dance would be an incentive,” Minnick-Bull said. “About 18 months ago at Palisades Elementary, they targeted a few of the kids who were doing well in the incentive program. We really try to motivate them.”
The “Lunch Break Program” is another part of the SCC, which operates at Bernice Ayer Middle School and Ambuehl Elementary in San Clemente. The program takes place during lunch time hours once a week. For more information visit www.dancediscoveryfoundation.org/lunch-break.