By Steven Doan
Future Arts Now, a dancing program created by its director, Bobbi Vie, is hosting another annual dance session. This event is held at the end of every year to serve as a get together for all dancers across the city of San Jose, especially Bboys and Bgirls (breakdancers). Given that the annual session is near Christmas, this gathering is to appreciate the past year and enthusiastically prepare for the next.
Cloud 9’s alumni, Joshua Domingo, shares, “I feel like occasions like these are when a lot of people come. I expect to see a lot of people that don’t normally go, like from San Francisco or out of city. Since it’s the occasion it gives more people of a reason to come.”
The event will be taking place on December 19th, at the Alum Rock Youth Center. Many of those dancers are from Independence’s very own Cloud 9 Hip-Hop club. Most of the members will be attending this yearly reunion to say farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019.
As some may not be well informed, San Jose is a city thriving of dancers. Like any other city, San Jose has its particular session spots, and one of them is Alum Rock. Since annual sessions are often large events, Domingo has expectations for the amount of people that are going to attend.
“But any other normal session day, it’s usually just the locals like you and I, because everybody else has their own respective session spot in their city or a place that they live in,” Domingo continues.
Although the annual session will be fairly large, there are a few exceptions. Few people will not be seen due to their own occupation. Mostly everyone who goes to session are 18 years old or higher, meaning that many either have college, jobs, or perhaps both. Overall, many of the same dancers will be appearing at the session according to Domingo’s knowledge.
Stephen Le, a long term associate and member with Future Arts Now and Vie himself, provides his perspective:
“I’m feeling pretty good about it. Seems like people will come out for it. I expect a pretty good turnout considering last year we had a packed room,” he stated.
Le has been attending to the dance sessions ever since it was first announced. Due to his previous experiences, he seems quite confident in the annual session’s turnout. According to many, they feel quite enthusiastic and ready for the event to happen. Given the fact that Christmas is around the corner, many will be able to attend because of winter break.
IHS’s senior, James Nguyen, Cloud 9’s president, finally says, “It’s going to be good to see the locals. I’m definitely going to enjoy this moment.”
By Mekenzie Burse
Christmas in the park is an annual winter event that happens in downtown San Jose. Usually from the last week in November till the first day of January. But this year, it will be cut short, so make sure to enjoy it. Christmas in the Park will end on December 22nd this year, due to a college football game.
More than 500 trees are decorated with bright lights and fun decorations for our amusement. At this time, there is ice skating, hot chocolate, pictures, game booths, rides, meetings with Santa and so much more. Around this time of year, it’s all students are talking about. It is a great place to spend time with your families and friends as well.
Anthony Vo, a junior here at Independence High School says, “I like that there are so many different people you see there, families and friends, of all different ethnicity just enjoying their time together.” Spending quality time with loved ones is always important during the holidays, showing up to these events allows you time to stop worrying about school, work, etc. and just having fun and spending time looking at Christmas lights and decorations and drinking hot coco with your peers.
Victor Martinez, a student here at Indy, that loves Christmas adds, “I love going to Christmas in the Park, I go every year and usually go with my friends. We go out to dinner first and then walk around looking at all the lights.”