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Check Out These Stepping, Breakdancing First Graders

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We got an email about these talented and driven six-year-olds from Inglewood who are trying to step and breakdance their way to a trip to Florida to take part in a national empowerment summit.

And, seriously, these kids seem to have a handle on empowerment, especially considering they are only in the first grade. The StepUP—BreakDOWN kids have their eye on the prize, but not just the trip, as their Crowdrise fundraising page explains:

While they have worked hard to master their dance steps, these students from KIPP Empower Academy (KEA) also work incredibly hard in the classroom so they can go to college. In fact, every member of our dance group has had to maintain good grades and demonstrate positive character at our South-Central Los Angeles elementary school in order to remain on our team.
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If you want to support them and see them in person, the kids are performing in a talent show tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child, and $20 for a family pack (two adults and two children). Donations may also be made online.

We think you kids rock! Good luck!

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