Illinois teen is growing a hip hop dance community in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Discouraged by the lack of a hip hop dance community in central Illinois, 17-year-old Ashton Gresham has decided to create one. Ashton, who lives in Delavan, has been teaching hip hop dance classes at both locations of the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria since early January. The room was full at the Grinnell location on a recent Monday afternoon. Children from small to large eagerly imitated Ashton, who kept an eye on their movements in three large, mirror-like panels made from Mylar by Ashton's father, Jerry Gresham. '?He's making three more for the other location,' said Ashton. '?It's kind of hard to teach when you can't see your students.' The idea for teaching the classes came late last year during a brainstorming session...

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Illinois teen is growing a hip hop dance community in Peoria

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