The members in the Last King’s Dance Club (LKDC) always bring their passion to the dance floor.
“This is our passion and this is what we do—dance,” said one of the dancers, Edward Sevillano. “It is all about having fun and teamwork.”
Performing hip-hop, break dancing and choreography, the club consists of 30 students, of which 10 perform. Many of the members involved with the club don’t know how to dance and are in the process of learning.
“We spend our time teaching lessons and teaching people who want to learn how to dance,” said one of the dancers, Ryo Ke. “But really there are no rules to dancing, you just express yourself.”
The idea for the LKDC was conceived by close friends of Sevillano and Ke. They practiced daily with another dance crew but no one was thinking of forming a club at Sinclair. They decided to make it an official club last quarter.
“I don’t dance, and I wasn’t interested, but they put my name as the president,” said President Mark Nguyen. “But now I am looking forward to learning from them.”
Their passion is what brought the dance crew together, but Sevillano and Ke were both inspired by different influences in their lives.
When Sevillano moved to the United States in 2006, he brought with him an array of dancing skills because in the Philippines he was required to dance in school.
But when he moved to the U.S., he had to quit.
“I couldn’t find anyone with the same passion,” he said.
Ke was inspired to dance when he watched the movie “Kickin’ It Old School.” The movie motivated him to research breaking dancing and from there he started to learn the moves. But Ke said that he too had to quit because he couldn’t find anyone with the same love of break dancing.
Nguyen, the club’s president, knows a little about hip-hop, breakdancing and choreography from the movie “You got served.” He watched it in Vietnam, and he said that he is ready to learn how to dance.
“Anyone can join who wants to know how to dance,” Nguyen said.
For now, the club can be found performing at different venues around Dayton. On April 14, the members performed at Wright State University’s Asian Cultural Night. Then on May 18, they performed at the World A’fair in the Dayton Convention Center. At the end of June into the beginning of July, the crew will showcase their moves at Dave and Buster’s.
“We are always focused on the student and focused on performing at any event,” Nguyen said.
For more information or for practice times email Nguyen at [email protected]