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Photos: Alaska BBoys learn from the stars

Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors, including El Nino, from Orlando, ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
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Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors, including Flexum, from San Fransisco, ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
El Nino leads a group of Alaskan BBoys during a workshop at East High School. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
El Nino demonstrates a move for Alaskan BBoys during a workshop ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors, including El Nino, ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Alaskan BBoys hone their skills with out of town instructors ahead of the 1st annual Colder Than!!! BBoy Jam, a competition held over the weekend at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. July 19, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
Loren Holmes

Aspiring BBoys from across Alaska flocked to East High on Friday afternoon, hoping for a little facetime with some of their favorite break dancers. The free workshop, organized by Mao Tosi and his group AK Pride, drew approximately 20 BBoys, some as young as 9 years old.

Participants got to learn from some big names on the scene, including Flexum, from San Franscisco, El Niño, from Orlando, Thesis, from Seattle, and Ken Swift, a breakdancing pioneer who launched the art form onto the national scene after he appeared in the 1983 movie "Flashdance."

The workshop and conference were organized by AK Pride and, according to founder Mao Tosi, it is the first of its kind in Alaska. "It's a chance to connect with the kids in the summer," he said. "When we come back to their school in the winter, they'll remember us and we may be able to get them involved."

AK Pride started its outreach with a Polynesian dance group, and after a good response they broadened their reach to include a Sudanese dance group and hip-hop dance at two Anchorage high schools, East and Service.