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Morning Mini Breaks with the Massive Monkees

April 4, 2013

Since 2013, Seattle-based hip hop crew, the Massive Monkees, has been offering dance classes and open studio time to kids and adults. 

The Beacon, the dance studio operated by award-winning Seattle dance crew the Magic Monkees, began as a part of Storefronts Seattle's Creative Enterprise program. Since then, they have settled into a long-term lease at their South King Street location. 

Crew member Anna Banana Freeze teaches "Mini Breaks"- breakdancing for kids ages two to six. 

"It's actually the perfect time to introduce the dance to kids because they're already exploring and moving around," she said. "So I wanted to teach a class in order to encourage their exploration of movement." 

Anna Banana Freeze teaches a new step to kids in Mini Breaks.

"I know there are a bunch of kids who are just itching to show who they are, so those kids have no problem dancing. It's really scary being in a big room...full of kids and adults, so it's a really big deal just to step inside and to put yourself out there." 

Anna encourages a student to freestyle.

For more information about Mini Breaks, watch the video above, and check out their website here. You can learn more about the Massive Monkees at


Aileen Imperial

Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 3-time Emmy winner for feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest. Find her on Twitter: @imperealize

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