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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 5: The Dancer And The Poet

Block Club's latest podcast episode features the 8Teenth Hip-Hop crew and a Taft High School poetry state champion.

Jessica Romero y Jackie Gaytan crearon el grupo de baile 8Teenth Hip-Hop en Pilsen para que los adolescentes puedan experimentar un baile competitivo sin un costo exorbitante.
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Block Club Chicago’s “It’s All Good” podcast is out with Episode 5!

The episode’s title is “The Dancer and the Poet,” and it focuses on Chicago teenagers finding creativity and community during the pandemic.

Jessica Romero and Jackie Gaytan created the 8Teenth Hip-Hop crew so teens can experience competitive dance without the prohibitive cost.

For 18-year-old dancer Mia Gonzalez, the team is like a family.

“We’re always there to lift each other up and catch each other when we fall. We are always supporting one another,” she said.

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Jessica Romero and Jackie Gaytan created the 8Teenth Hip-Hop crew in Pilsen so teens can experience competitive dance without the prohibitive cost.

Catherine Herrera, 17, has become somewhat of a local celebrity since winning the state championship for the recitation competition Poetry Out Loud in March.

“Although I was extremely surprised I won, I felt like after a while I could understand and be proud of myself because I have been doing Poetry Out Loud since my sophomore year,” Herrera said. “It made me realize how much progress I have made.”

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Catherine Herrera performs in Springfield for the March 2020 Illinois state-level Poetry Out Loud competition. The pandemic forced this year’s competition to go virtual.

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