HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. — Hip-hop dancers from beyond New Jersey's borders were expected to flock to a Harrington Park arts center Friday night for dance event qualifier.
Winners from "Prove Your Groove," a hip hop and urban styles event scheduled from 7-10 p.m. at Sukha Arts Center, will move on to a competition sponsored by two teachers on Jan. 9.
Sixteen performers will maek the cut. They choose their own choreography, music and presentations.
“They battle and we have our youth come and see what that’s about,” said Genevieve Outwater, a center manager.
“Some come from an hour and a half away -- from the city or New York State," Outwater said. "We see about 25 to 30 participants who want to show off their skills."
The 5-year-old Sukha Arts Center offers classes and workshops to all ages in an effort to provide participants with an experience that ignites their passion. Children ages 2 through 18 are also taught classical and creative dance techniques.
Although the activity is competitive, the atmosphere is relaxed.
“People really feel like they are at home here," Outwaters said. "They do their homework on the floor, they come and relax.
"I was here all the time and then started working here."