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International Break Dancing Competition Fights Homelessness

Claws Out IIILoyola Marymount University’s B-Boy Status hosted its third annual Claws Out, a break dancing competition that helps fight homelessness in Southern California, on Nov. 15 in Gersten Pavilion.

Fifteen dance crews, including teams from France, Netherlands, Mexico, Korea, and the Philippines, competed for a $3,000 grand prize and the title of the West Coast’s best break dancing crew. The event also included exhibition dance battles between European B-Boy champion Mennoh and American superstar Casper, and between Pac Man and Mr. Fantastic, as well as guest performances by Radix and IB Modern.

Senior Luis Arevalo is currently the director of communications for Claws Out. He said that a communications course “Writing for Public Relations,” taught by Christine Nangle, helped prepare him for this position.

“Professor Nangle’s course challenged me and allowed me to rethink my communications skills,” Arevalo said. “I combined the lessons learned in this class and my passion for dancing to help communicate the importance of this event and our responsibility to social justice.”

In the spirit of solidarity with those most affected by the financial meltdown, organizers of the event collected donations and canned goods that will be distributed through the Westside Food Bank on Thanksgiving Day.

B-Boy Status is a hip hop and break dancing organization at LMU that aims to promote diversity, creativity and unity among all nationalities through dance.