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Truckee kids participate in inaugural GEE Fam Dance Convention

Ursula Riina
Special to the Sun
The Truckee crew of kids represents with other youth dancers at the dance convention in Santa Cruz.
Courtesy photos |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — In July, more than 20 Truckee dancers ages 10 to 16, along with instructor Ryan Curren, traveled five hours to take part in the GEE Fam Dance Convention at the Pacific Arts Complex in Santa Cruz.

They joined more than 50 Northern California dancers for two full days of popping, locking, breaking (b-boy), hip hop classes and choreography.

Curren, also one of the instructors for the weekend, is co-owner of the newly formed Truckee Dance Factory and a member of the GEE Fam crew.

As described on their Facebook page, Gee Fam are friends and students of the late great legend Gary “Gee” Kendell, whose mission is “to carry on the legacy of Gee through our teaching and the community we create.”

Kendell was an extremely influential dancer, teacher, director, producer and entertainer in the Bay Area. He was one of the founding members of Jabbawockeez, one of the best dance crews to rise to the top of the mainstream.

Kendall died unexpectedly in 2007, leaving a legacy of dancers and friends who have since joined forces to carry on his creative spirit.

The inaugural GEE Fam Dance Convention was filled with hours of fun and intense choreography, demonstrations by the GEE Fam teachers, quick trips to the beach and the occasional arm wrestling session.

The weekend ended with a drone video shoot and the group decked out in black and white GEE FAM shirts.

By the end of the convention, the Truckee dancers had learned four dance routines and experienced six different teaching styles influenced by “Gee.”

The dancers came back to Truckee with new choreography, friends and perspectives on what it means to be a part of a creative team.

Curren, who has been teaching and leading the hip hop dance scene in Truckee for more than ten years, writes: “Dance is our passion, our business, our life and it is our goal to inspire others to grow their own passion for the art of dance. We strive to nurture each and every student and to give them the physical, mental and emotional tools to uncover their full potential as dancers and artists. Truckee Dance Factory promotes strong self-confidence, self-respect, discipline and commitment. We encourage each dancer to find their own creativity and vision in order to excel in their art.”

Truckee Dance Factory’s grand opening is Monday, Sept. 7. Fall classes begin Sept. 8 at 10975 Pioneer Trail, Suites 3 & 4, in Truckee.

Registration and schedules are available at http://www.truckeedancefactory.com.