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‘Popping’ Dance Duo Spread Christmas Message at Offices

It has become a cliché to say Christmas is the time for spreading happiness and good cheer. This is usually done in diverse ways and to varying degrees. While some
23 Dec 2017 17:52
‘Popping’ Dance Duo Spread Christmas Message at Offices
Jason Adrian (top) with Azriel Sebastian after a rousing performance of the dance form known as ‘Popping’ at the Fiji Sun office in Suva on December 22, 2017. Photo: Sheldon Chanel

It has become a cliché to say Christmas is the time for spreading happiness and good cheer. This is usually done in diverse ways and to varying degrees.

While some choose to spend their time meeting family and distant relations, others tend to the less fortunate in the hope of substituting their loneliness with a bit of joy.

The approaches are endless, but some dedicated observers have also said they lack originality.

Two boys, together with Vodafone Fiji, however, have managed to replace the banality of eating fruit cake and drinking eggnogs with a method so unique, heads are starting to turn.

Jason Adrian and Azriel Sebastian, both 17, have been enlisted by Vodafone to go around offices in Suva performing a form of dance knows as ‘Popping.’ The duo say the dance form has been altered from what it used to be in the past.

It is a form of street dance, according to Wikipedia, that has its origins in Fresno, California, dating back to the late 1960s and 70s. Yesterday, the duo visited the Fiji Sun office carrying a medium-sized speaker ready to perform in front of a team of staff members.

They say they have visited many offices in Suva leading up to Christmas and love using dance to spread the message of Christmas.

“We dance because it’s something we love to do. Christmas is when Jesus Christ was born and in the same way we are trying to share the love and happiness that followed His birth,” said Mr Adrian.

The group is named after an endangered bear species, the ‘Panda.’ That animal’s status, the duo say, represents the plight of ‘Popping’ and they have set out to preserve the art form. With the memory of robotic dance movements and daring acrobatics firmly placed in their minds, office workers now look forward to a Christmas filled with good cheer.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj



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