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Seattle is mosaic of cultures and diverse communities, with an endless supply of inspiring tales to share. Community Stories presents this rich tapestry -- the people, the neighborhoods, the communities, relevant issues, cultural traditions and rich histories that make each of us unique. Learn more about your neighbors on Community Stories.

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Community Stories: Massive Monkees -- The Beacon
Community Stories: Massive Monkees -- The Beacon

The famed Massive Monkees breakdance crew started in the mid-nineties as a group of kids bonding together at a local community center around a love of hip-hop and dance. After winning world championships and achieving many other accolades in the breakdance community, the Seattle crew now runs its own studio, The Beacon, where they teach, mentor, and inspire people of all ages. Crew members recount their path from after-school dance classes to international stages and back home to their dance studio in the International District, a haven for the positive influence of hip-hop culture.

Transcript of this video available here.