By Steven Doan
Cloud 9, Independence’s Hip-Hop club recently hosted its first ever Jam and Dance session where alumnis and others from around San Jose could attend, seeking to unite the community and introduce a younger generation to the scene. Jams are usually large gatherings filled with dancers who participate to battle or are there for support or experience. The event happened after school on Friday March 15th, at 3:30PM to 6PM.
Alumni Joshua Domingo says, “I think it was good. The only thing we needed was more members or people in the area to come and participate. But for our first Jam, it wasn’t too bad.”
Domingo was one of the three judges at the Jam that day. Given that he has been in the scene for 8 years, his input is helpful. Cloud 9 is the only remaining Breaking (break dancing) club in the entirety of the East Side Union High School District. Therefore, having a gathering like this would be proven crucial to unite the dying Hip-Hop/Breaking scene and spread this form of art among the newer generations.
Sophomore Kim Nguyen states, “I think if we advertised it more to other schools in the area it would’ve made the Jam better. Even spreading this dance among younger kids would be great.”
Having younger generations acknowledge this type of dance would provide growth for the Breaking community since this dance form is not well known. In addition, having other schools come would have made the Jam as substantial compared to any other. Many suspected that because this was Cloud 9’s first Jam, it would not perform too well.
“Don’t worry, we’ll just do better next time.” Kim says.