I took the boys to watch Streetdance 3D at the cinema last weekend. Yes, I’m slightly embarrassed for myself too.
But I’m a big fan of the dance movie. I have fond memories of grooving in the aisles as a child to Fame (my older cousin sneaked me in under her coat), Footloose and Purple Rain. I wanted my boys to experience the same toe-tapping joy.
And it’s not like I was expecting any award-winning performances from the UK’s version of Step Up/Save the Last Dance. But despite being a keen ‘breakdancer’ and his excitement over wearing 3D glasses, even Ezra’s interest soon wore thin. ‘This is a very long film,’ he observed about half way through.
Still there are some pretty impressive dance sequences and, despite its formulaic plot, the film’s bouncy youth, UK urban soundtrack and upbeat energy provide plenty of entertainment. Although I have to admit the feeling I came away with slinking out of the cinema was more guilty than pleasure.
Maybe I’ll try and redeem some street cred this Sunday (May 30) in Shoreditch at Streetfest, London’s leading festival of urban culture. There’s live music from Mr. Hudson, Ty (pictured) and Urban Nerds, fashion by Wale, freestyle footballers and stalls selling street food from around the world.
If your little ones are anything like mine, they’ll be easily hooked by the mix of graffiti artistry, skateboarding cool, B-boy (and girl) styling, deck-spinning and rap battling.
On the other hand, maybe a whole day watching grown-ups scrawling on the wall, deliberately scratching records and hurling themselves around on the ground might not set the best example.
Streetfest is on Sun May 30 at Hearne St & Hearne St Carpark, London EC2 3LS from 1pm-11pm
Streetdance 3D is showing at cinemas nationwide