Posted: June 7, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

The wide-eyed kids file into the school gym just as 17-year-old Gezim Topalli drops to the floor and spins on his head like a child’s top.

“Whoa!” a few youngsters cry out, their eyes glued to the lithe boy with the muscular arms as he twists and turns effortlessly on the hard floor of Oldfield Consolidated Elementary in Enfield, N.S.

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In an instant, a smirking Topalli is back on his feet, eager to teach his young audience the basics of breaking — or breakdancing, as it’s commonly known — alongside his mentor, Drew Moore.

The duo is part of Concrete Roots, a Halifax-based program that uses breaking and hip hop to reach out to young people and turn stereotypes on their heads.

“We place a strong emphasis on creativity; you learn how to do a dance a certain way and then you’re very much encouraged to break away from…

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