Dance moves break the mould

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Anthony Bayou demonstrates a few moves.
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Dancers of all ages and abilities had the chance to learn some sweet new moves in a breakdancing workshop held at Studio 34 on Sunday, March 17.

Anthony Bayou, a professional hip hop dancer and choreographer, led the two-hour workshop, teaching dance pros and novices the basics of breakdancing from its origins to poses like the “coffee grinder”.

“It was just about getting involved, whether you have danced for 10 years or not at all,” he said.

“I just wanted to get people active and teach them something that’s quite fun and engaging.

“Hopefully they leave having learned something completely new or they have a goal to nail that move.”

Mr Bayou, hailing from Sheffield, England, said he had spent a lot of time teaching dance with youth organisations and really wanted to travel to Australia and Asia.

“I quit my job, sold my house and my car, put everything in a rucksack and I was on the road,” he said.

“I really enjoy working with the youth and I believe in the philosophy of ‘each one, teach one’ which has really stuck with me over the years.

“When I came to Australia, I wanted to get involved with the youth and teach them dance so when I found out about Broome Performing Arts Co-Op, I knew I wanted to get involved there.

“Since Justine invited me to come and teach I have just been here ever since running hip hop classes for adults but I really wanted to do something for the kids as well so we created this workshop.” Mr Bayou said dance had become an important outlet for him, having “taken him around the world.”

“When I left school, I wasn’t much of an academic so I didn’t really have the passion for it but when I found dance, I developed such a passion and love for it,” he said.

“I’ve been in music videos, I’ve taught all around the UK, I’ve performed in huge concerts in London and the West End and it’s taken me over to Dubai and here in Australia.

“It has given me a life when nothing else did so if I could pass that on to a young person and they get something out of it, then that’s my job done.”

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