T-N-T grand opening party on Aug. 19 | SierraSun.com

T-N-T grand opening party on Aug. 19

The T-N-T Explosion All Star Gym ” located at 10929 Industrial Way in Truckee ” will be having its grand opening party on Aug. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A free hip-hop workshop for all ages will be offered from 5 to 6 by new head instructor Darnell Carroll, who is in charge of all the hip-hop classes and competitive teams.

Music will be offered from 6 to 8 with a barbecue and raffle from 5 to 8. There will also be sign-ups for all fall classes.

At 4,000 square feet, the new facility in Truckee offers tumbling, competitive elite all-star cheerleading, a competitive hip-hop dance team, an adult competitive hip-hop dance team, ballet, jazz, tap (for ages 4 and older) and open gym for private parties.

T-N-T Explosion will also be introducing these new instructors: Reid Morris (tumbling), Sherrie Peterson (ballet, jazz instructor), Kayla Peterson (tap instructor) and Carroll and Mareo Ponce (hip-hop instructors).

Tumbling facility owner Teri McKinney will remain head coach of the elite senior (co-ed) all-star cheer team and tumbling and tap instructor.

McKinney said she is elated about bringing in the new coaches.

“It gives more variety and more classes and offers more opportunity for the children of the community,” she said, adding that having the new instructors on board will also ensure that she “won’t have to live” at the tumbling facility.

While all fall class sizes are limited to 10 students, McKinney said “No child will be refused. There’s a lot of classes.”

For more information about the tumbling gym grand opening party, go to the T-N-T Web site at http://www.tntexplosionallstarsteam.com or call 587-8326.

Darnell Carroll, with more than 17 years of hip-hop dance training, performance competition and showcase production experience, specializes in teaching youth the art of hip-hop dance and culture.

“He’s a great guy,” McKinney said of Carroll. “I think he will be great for the community to open their eyes to hip-hop, and to see that it’s not just like MTV videos. It’s not all the bump and grind they see; it’s a dance form.”

A resident of Oakland and owner of D.C. Productions, Carroll is the director of a variety of adult and youth hip-hop programs, including the Sunset Academy of Dance, the Stapleton School of Performing Arts and various programs throughout the San Francisco and South San Francisco Unified School Districts.

Carroll is also the director of FBC (Funk Beyond Control), as well as City Shock San Francisco and Mini Shock, two Bay Area youth hip-hop dance troupes.

After producing two highly successful workshop/dance showcases for all levels of dance and ages, Carroll is quickly becoming one of the most well known figures in the Bay Area hip-hop community, McKinney said. Carroll’s team also recently won the World Hip-Hop Championship.

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