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10K Movement specializes in bringing street dance opportunities to Northeast Ohio

Samuel McIntosh, left, said 10K Movement helps children interested in dance become well-versed in ideal technique at a young age. (Submitted)

Local dance group 10K Movement will soon receive non-profit status.

The Cleveland-based group aims to bring the world of hip-hop, street dancing and other dance styles to Northeast Ohio, including Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, as one of the few groups of its kind.

Since 2020, 10K Movement has brought the talents of many recognized dancers and instructors to youth in schools interested in learning hip-hop and street dancing, said Samuel McIntosh, founder and executive director.

“I’ve been planning this since 2014 to 2017; I was just thinking about starting the organization,” says McIntosh, who competes in dance battles all over the world.

The group consists of dancers who participate in various dance battles and competitions, both nationally and globally, he said.

With 10K Movement’s qualified dancers, each specializing in different dance styles, students can learn the best techniques and skills to thrive in the dance community.

“We just dance, fight and train,” McIntosh said. “Everyone at our organization is dancing at a world-class level, so we’re wondering how we can bring that world-class information to Cleveland.”

The group’s programming is spread out with various events and activities, such as pop-up classes and workshops, in addition to the eight schools 10K Movement partners with for classes, he said.

Working in schools and teaching students are the group’s main priorities, despite the many events taking place throughout the year, McIntosh said.

“Each dance (style) is super different, it’s like saying tap and ballet are the same when they’re two different styles, two different cultures,” he said. “Each street style is a direct reflection of its communities; Of course, many of these dances come from different cities.”

According to McIntosh, 10K Movement helps bridge the gap between those who know nothing about the impact of the hip-hop and street dance community and those who desire to teach others and spread the message.

Former students at “multiple levels” return every year to teach classes and workshops, he said.

“People don’t know what a dancer’s success looks like; I think this really creates the best model here in the city,” McIntosh said. “It’s a really cool pipeline that we have actual practicing artists who are young, who are still practicing and can teach the kids there.”

According to McIntosh, the impact the group has made on the community can be related to the way each dance performed “maintains” the integrity of the culture, and this can be seen through various events and performances.

“We have no idea yet what hip-hip can do,” he said. “It will be the next big wave in sports.”

For more information about upcoming events or workshops, visit 10kmovement.org.

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