Today, ISGR has been visited DJ Booma, from England and lives in Copenhagen. This is a part of the Creative School project, underpinned by the National Arts Council.
DJ Booma had an ambitious program planned for the day. It all started with “the whole school warms up” at 8 o’clock at the school yard, despite coldness and almost rain.
The idea was to bring together the entire school, embracing the good energy and feeling. The important thing was that everyone would have fun, wake up and play a small part in the dance project. This with Booma as a leader and so that everyone who wanted could show their dance moves. One of the comments afterwards was: “It was great and fun! Definetily helped to activate the batteries for the day!”
After that two different groups of grade 7 students had two different workshops within hip hop/street dance with DJ Booma at Guldheden gym. The theme of the workshops was: How can dance be used as a tool for creating a better future? The students had also been asked to bring a picture that addressed climate change, as they feel they cared about and were important to them. They had also been asked in advance think how that picture could be interpreted or used within dance.
The workshops began with the students warming up. Then they got to learn different dance steps, forming a whole choreography. Within the choreography, the students were also allowed to use their imagination in order to come up with input. For example, they were asked to shut their eyes and think of four shapes – and how these could be figured. At the end of the workshop, they had to adapt the dance to the scene were they were going to perform in the end of the day.
The performances were held in the Aula. The two workshops groups performed for each other, since they had been working with different choregraphies and it was nice to share what they they had been creating during the workshops.
Then it followed a question and answer session were you could ask Booma about his career and what / how / where he learned about dance, how to get into dance and other relevant questions. He also talked about his newly released non fiction book turning to teenagers: How to Be a DJ in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn to Spin, Scratch and Produce Your Own Mixes! (2017). After that we got to see Booma dancing. And he also did an extra performance together with two students who are taking dance lessons.
We would like to thank Booma for a wonderful, inspiring and instructive day that we will remember for a long time! It has been very fun and enriching for us to meet you!