HAGERSTOWN - Rain poured down during a recent practice, but a group of about 20 children bounced into headstands, freestyle dance and back flips in the courtyard of North Springs apartments as a Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop music mix blared from a portable compact disc player.
It's the last HoodHop practice before the neighborhood dance-off, and they have to practice their routine 20 times, said Anna Shetler, their dance instructor.
About 80 local children have been practicing their dance moves for seven weeks this summer, leading up to a final dance competition on Saturday.
Children from the Fairgrounds area, Wheaton Park and North Springs participate in HoodHop, created and managed by Shetler, 19. The neighborhoods will battle each other in a dance-off. Each of the six dance teams has about 15 children.