Motor City Street Dance Academy in Southwest Detroit is a dance school that teaches various styles of street dances such as breaking and jitting. According to their vision statement MCSDA exists to give back to the community by developing the skills of those who they collaborate with to revitalize the city of Detroit through hip-hop and breaking. They strive to uplift the disenfranchised communities in Detroit, just like the pioneers of hip-hop did years ago. They work with and mentor the youth, while providing a safe space for them to express themselves.
I was able to document and sit in on a night where dancers of all different ages and skill levels were practicing and trying new moves. I had the privilege of talking with MavOne the founder and owner of MCSDA, about the academy and what it hopes to accomplish. I also spoke with Bboy Ironic a young dancer who is a student and a teacher at MCSDA about his experiences at the dance academy.