Kaba Kids crush the competition
Composed of Irvine’s best high school dancers, Kaba Kids is a prestigious junior hip-hop dance team that flexes its skills at local competitions and performances. Members center their moves around the fundamentals of hip-hop, while fostering a strong sense of community and teamwork.
“My favorite experience so far was right before our last big competition,” junior Ashley Chiang said. “Before going up onto the stage, the directors reminded us to dance for each other and especially for the people leaving. That’s when I knew for a fact I wanted to dance with no fear and total confidence in myself and my team. The best feeling in the world was when I knew that my team killed it on stage.”
Members of this close-knit family must dedicate themselves to four-hour practices on Friday nights and about five to six hours on Sunday, after being accepted into the group.
“Dancing really teaches you time management because you have to study on the weekends; sometimes you have no time at all. That’s where you need to learn how to balance your life,” Chiang said.
In order to make it into the group, aspiring team members must prove their talent through a rigorous audition, which consists of attending a workshop to learn an audition piece and practicing the dance for a week. Then comes the performance, and finally callbacks for an interview.
“Joining Kaba Kids added so much spice and excitement into my life, as it introduced me to a talented family of lively people who are always fun and inspiring to be around,” junior Sunny Lee said. “Through hanging with my teammates and being surrounded by everyone’s optimistic vibes, I became more a outgoing and positive person.”
This Kaba Kids family is a part of a larger organization called Kaba Modern. Kaba Modern is a UCI competitive level team that is available for college students while Kaba Kids is only for people under 18 years of age.
“Embrace what you’re able to do, no matter how big or small your ability to dance is,” Chiang said. “If I could tell my former self one thing, it would have been to be less afraid of what I thought others saw of me. Kaba Kids is a very supportive group of kids and you learn a lot of skills you can apply in the real world. If joining a chill group of talented kids sounds amazing, join Kaba Kids.”