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Teens Dance the Afternoon Away at Reading Club's Launch

An urban dance demo kicked off the summer reading season for teens.

To kick off Moorpark City Library's Teen Summer Reading Club, an urban dance group got the teens pumped and psyched enough to read during many long summer nights.

A trio from Universal Dance Creations regaled the teens with easy-to-follow free style dance moves including the ever popular break dance.  

"Free style is really a combination of various urban dance styles and not just break dancing," said Dino Mayorga, the lead dancer.

Several hand stands and smooth moves later, the teens were red from the physical exertion that the dance demo required, but they went home happy and energized.

Isaac Ruiz was still out of breath when he said, "It was pretty fun because I've never danced that way before.

The incoming 6th grader admits to watching a lot of dance shows on TV but has never actually danced or performed in front of an audience.

"It was really inspiring and I think I'm going to dance more from now on," said the 11-year-old from Moorpark.

Teen librarian Gina Hernandez also showed off her terpsichorean skills in front of the appreciative crowd. "It was fun and different so I hope more teens will show up at our next summer events," she said. 

To date, the Teen Summer Reading Club has over 90 sign-ups, a significant increase over last year, according to Hernandez. 

Aside from the The Hunger Games and Twilight trilogies , the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard is in high demand, said Hernandez. 

Teen summer reading club sign-ups are sill ongoing. The finale party is set for August 1. 

Teens in 6th through 12th grade are also invited to these upcoming events: Wii and Board Games every Monday, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Edible Art on June 27, from 2 to 3 p.m.

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