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