Mini BREAKS was created by Fides “Anna Banana Freeze” Mabanta upon the opening of The Beacon, Massive Monkees’ Seattle dance studio, in the beginning of 2013.
Anna Banana Freeze, along with crew mate Jenna Hikida (Vivid Vixens crew), first began to develop a curriculum for an ages 1-7 break dance class when called upon to instruct a thriving play group facilitated by Mayet Dalila in 2007. The first and following classes were a huge success, and ABF went on to do similar classes for Seattle Parks & Recreation, the Seattle Children’s Museum, as well as for the award-winning, nationally-recognized non-profit organization, Arts Corps.
In January 2013, ABF jumped at the chance to teach her specialty class on a regular basis when the dream of opening up a dance studio by her group, Massive Monkees, suddenly became reality. Although it had been almost six years since the young children’s breaking/hip-hop class was conceived, it still was not offered regularly anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, and Mini BREAKS was born.
ABF strongly believes in building community, especially so in the power and positivity of the hip-hop community. She is very grateful to be able to teach her breaking/hip-hop class on her own terms, and to a population (toddlers and preschoolers) who usually don’t have many hip-hop related classes available to them. ABF seeks to fill that need.
She knows that toddler/preschool children are hungry to move, explore and create – it is in their very nature to do so, it is how they process the world around them. ABF finds boundless joy in figuring out age-appropriate ways of sharing hip-hop and breaking to young children. She loves hip-hop so much and believes passionately in empowerment for all ages that she wants to share it with everyone, especially with toddlers and preschoolers, as well as the adults that bring them to class. Through Mini BREAKS, Anna Banana Freeze invites students and their families to stretch and explore their identities, while creating a safe space to build community.