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The three Rs – street style

THE three Rs have become Rap, Rhythm and Respect in the North East this summer.

THE three Rs have become Rap, Rhythm and Respect in the North East this summer.

The All Elements Hip Hop Summer School, at The Customs House, South Shields, will offer pupils an insight into rap culture, including workshops in break dancing, DJing, MCing and graffiti art.

The school is being run by Paul Martin, who is a member of Bad Taste Cru – the UK and Ireland’s former champions of B-Boying or break dancing – and also cultural development officer at The Customs House.

The award-winning North East-based Irish group have seen their hip hop talents take them to events at Glastonbury and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as an appearance on Blue Peter.

Paul sees the summer school as very important in continuing the venue’s relationship with the community.

“We have had a lot of feedback from local teachers who are really excited about what we are offering this summer,” he says.

“We hope youngsters from the whole community will participate. The workshops are a great way for young people to express their talents and have fun.”

Paul formed the 11-strong Cru more than 10 years ago in Omagh, Northern Ireland, with a group of ambitious close friends.

But the lads have been based on Tyneside for the last four years and are heavily involved in community events and fundraising across the city, doing work for the local councils and putting on shows.

With break dancing lessons from the Bad Taste Cru themselves, a first-hand guide to DJing with London-based producer DJ Smoove and MC, as well as beatbox classes with North East star Kenny Masters, the school aims to have all elements of hip hop covered.

The workshops run from Monday, August 13, to Thursday, August 16, 10am to 4pm, and are free to attend.

Workshops are open to young people aged 10 and over. Places are limited so anyone interested in attending should book quickly to avoid disappointment.

For more information and tickets, contact Paul Martin on (0191) 427 8197 or e-mail paul@customshouse.co.uk

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