I was able to volunteer with the RISE Project through the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE). The RISE Project was a free hip-hop music, dance and parkour course for young people aged (12-25) in the Holroyd area of Western Sydney. Trey (MC Trey) Thomas led the RISE project, which produced two music videos; “RISE” and “HOME.” RISE was able to service participants in two separate locations in western Sydney; Wentworthville and Merryland, as each group produced a professional song which received radio air play and related music video. Trey and the other trainers; (Vuli Mkwananzi, Junior Tavola, and
Mirrah Fay served as musical trainers. Some students preferred to work behind the scene and were provided with professional video training by Zig Parker. While many of the students had experience with b-boying/girling or break dancing, many had never tried parkour (and like myself were unfamiliar with the official term for the practice). You’ve seen it in action movies and television shows where people are able to run up walls and perform seemingly impossible feats. Parkour in its most simplest terms is described as the art of moving. But it really is much more than that. It is the art of overcoming obstacles as swiftly and efficiently as possible using only your body. Please see http://parkourvisions.org/what-is-parkour/ for more details. The parkour trainers,
David Vo), provided the students with structured guidance and exercises you will see demonstrated in the video the RISE group created.
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