You know you've done something right when the Co-dean of the Awesome Foundation is doing the worm across a stage to the uproarious delight of a bunch of high school students.
That was how the grant presentation went down as the young breakdancers of Dartmouth High got down to celebrate Marcus Wells’ cash prize from Awesome Halifax this month!
Marcus has been a local HRM breaker with a passion for active involvement in the community for 5 years, and you could tell by his enthusiasm that inspiring youth to be involved is something to dance about.
AFH thought so too when after some discussion at the Awesome Foundation’s November deliberation, the board of trustees decided to award the $1000 grant to Marcus to support the annual breakdance competition Floorwars.
Since 2001 Halifax’s Floorwars sets the stage for dance crews to do battle in Atlantic Canada, bringing national hip hop and local artists together. Marcus knows personally the joy of dance and wants “future youth to feel that too.” Marcus’ dedication to his breaking community led him to apply to the Awesome Foundation for the funding to take the event to the next level and use the money to fly in judges for the competition and host workshops.
Watching Marcus showcase his talent and knowledge of breakdancing at the presentation was awesome, and he even showed Shannon Matheson and Rachel Sovka from the Awesome Foundation a few fresh moves to try out at the next deliberation.
This year the event format includes pairing teachers and their students together in 2 on 2 battles. Competitors are traveling to the east coast from as far away as the Yukon and several hundred people are expected to be in attendance. It had the potential to be a great event, but now it will be an awesome event!
Floorwars will take place on May 29th, 2015 at Dartmouth High School. Until then, keep your eyes open around town for our giant Awesome cheque making people dance across the HRM!
Funded by Halifax, NS (December 2014)