A Day of Practice
Quince Robert Hutchings (senior- agriculture business management) started dancing when he was 12 years old, but it wasn't until he got to college that he started dancing officially with a dance crew. Since his freshman year quince has been part of Raw Aesthetic Movements (RAM) Squad, which is a Penn State dance crew that promotes hip-hop culture and encourages the freedom of expression through dance. "What I like about Ram is the diversity. You can learn so many different types of style. I like the fact that since we are freestylers, it prepares you to be ready at any moment to dance."
Hutchings' says his dance style is a mixture of "the new school style and the old school style." Hutchings enjoys dancing the basics of hip-hop with popping and locking, isolation and breakdancing. He is also influenced by newer dance styles, such as, Jerk, Dougie and the Cat Daddy. His favorite style to dance to is the newer style of pop and locking.
Hutchings has danced at the main stage of THON, at the family close-line for the first Friday performances, at Penn State Multicultural Center, and at the Sherman Theater in Strodsburd, Pa. With RAM Hutchings practices Monday, Fridays, and Saturdays at the White Building, and sometimes he practices at the HUB Robeson Center with some of his friends.
"Giving that Hip-Hop comes from a very urban and underground culture, I still have that heavy influence of my music taste being very greedy and underground." Hutchings thinks that doesn't matter how serious life gets, with maybe work, school or even relationships, for him dance seems to be the aspect of his life where he can joke around the most and enjoy every single moment of it.
Hutshings says that it could be intimidating to have a lot of people looking to you while dancing, but once you are having fun at doing something you should focus on enjoying it instead of being worried about the eyes looking at you. "If I could give an advice to an amateur dancer would be: Just be yourself and have your own moves, the only opinion that matters at the end of the day, is whether you like it or not." In order to get over the fear of dancing in public Huthchings recommends to record yourself while dancing and post the video on the internet, negative and positive comments might come your way, but according to Hutchings is important to listen to constructive criticism. Joining a dance crew also helps with confidence, Hutching says that having people to dance with give dancers a sense of belonging, and interacting with people with similar interests would make you enjoy dancing even more.
About the Contributors
Junior / Broadcast Journalism
Penn State Journalism student. Minors in Sociology and Psychology. Born in Dominican Republic, the 21 year- old student moved to the United States when she was 16 years old. Risell worked for “El Mensajero” Hispanic newspaper of the city of Hazleton, PA. Risell interned with SSPTV on summer 2019, here she worked as a news reporter and newscast editor in training. Her professional goal is to become a news reporter for Hispanic-American networks in the US.