West Coast female rap pioneerYoYo launched this summer the YoYo's SchoolOf Hip Hop in partnership withCommunity Build in Los Angeles.I recently visited the 7-week program that teaches kids aged 8 to 17 how to usehip hop to write lyrics and essays as well as dance.When I was in college, Iworked at a junior high school and saw how difficult it was for teachers tomaintain the attention of the students. So I was surprised to see how enthusiasticthe kids at YoYo's School Of Hip Hop were aboutlearning.
In the lyric writing class that YoYo teaches,the students eagerly wrote raps. When it was time to perform their songs, they were all confident as their classmates cheered themon.
During the dance classes, thestudents were attentive, and showed their natural skills. This was a great wayto get kids excited about education. It was like a hip hop version of Camp Rock.
Special guests including MCLyte stopped by to speak with the students. Lyte even sponsored a songwritingcontest and will pay for a winning student to record their song.
Eighty three students whocomplete the program this week will perform their works at the end of thesummer celebration on Saturday from noon to 12 at the ExpoCenter, Comrie Hall, located at 3980 Bill Robertson Lanein Los Angeles.
YoYo could not be happierabout the success of the progam. "It's the biggest blessing, the bestthing I've ever done," she told Hip Hop Media Training.
Below, see video footage of YoYo teaching the lyric writing class, students performing their songs and dance routines. Also meet the dance instructor E-Roc and the Community Build program assistant Tracee Green.
In the video below, see an interview with 12-year-old YoYo's School Of Hip Hop student Roman "Wild Cat" Thompson. He wrote the chorus for the summer program's "YoYo's School Of Hip Hop Ya Don't Stop" chant.
Click here for info on YoYo's School Of Hip Hop.
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