Do you remember Jayden? Last year, we told you about Jayden’s rise to local fame in his hip hop workshop at the Tenderloin After-School Program (TASP).
Jayden’s teacher, Shireen “Shea” Rahimi, has been teaching hip hop at TASP since 2011. One student said, “Shea is a really good instructor. She should be on ‘America’s Got Talent.’” We couldn’t agree more!
In this brief interview, Jayden gives us the scoop on Shea’s class.
(After the interview, read the original story below.)
What did you like about the hip hop workshop with Shea?
Jayden: I like how Shea teaches. I liked her moves, liked the steps.
I also like how she works with kids. She doesn’t yell or scream and she’s always telling the kids, “You can do it.” The workshop was hard at first, and then it got easier. I learned the steps and paid attention.
I thought I could do better than anyone else if I just tried.
How was it working with the other kids in the workshop?
Jayden: It was good. We all worked together, we all stayed on the same track. We all paid attention to what [Shea] showed us.
When Jayden, 12, did not pick up the hip hop choreography right off the bat, he would get frustrated and say things like, “Can this be over yet?” or “I don’t want to do this.” Other times, he’d storm out of the room with a fierce attitude. Yet he’d come back just to stick his head in the room to see what was going on.
But Shea, his Performing Arts Workshop teaching artist, kept working with him. Soon, Jayden began to take the lead to choreograph dances. He collaborated with his classmates to create fun scenes.
By the end of the Workshop, Jayden not only improved his dancing skills, but his life skills. He became more patient, his attitude improved, and collaborated with his classmates to create stunning choreography.
For the final performance, he had four freestyle solos. Shea vividly remembers his performance:
“His energy for his freestyle was epic. He spilled his heart out on stage.”