With free style dance among his first loves, Cedric Roxas is accustomed to thinking on his feet.
The De La Salle College Ashfield graduate was among the first students to go through CaSPA’s Brotherhood program – which seeks to develop the performance skills of male students interested in music, dance and drama – and has gained ground at local and international hip hop events with his crew Buoyan.
He is often invited to deliver choreography and dance workshops to the current crop of aspiring dancers within Sydney’s Catholic schools.
“The workshops are great,” he said. “It’s quite nostalgic for me because I was one of the first to join the Brotherhood. At the same time I have so much fun teaching and learning from the kids.”
Cedric aspired to a career on the professional tennis circuit before he joined the CaSPA program as a Year 9 student in 2008. Buoyan was formed in the same year and is still going strong with 10 members.
“I started off as a self-taught dancer, mostly just street style, learning off videos. In 2010 we represented Australia in the open division at Hip Hop International dance competition in Las Vegas. That was a really cool experience.”
Cedric said programs like the Brotherhood helped to get students out of their comfort zone and further explore their interest in performance.
“It’s a very vital part of their lives as it’s where they learn about different experiences and different pathways. It’s really good to go back and become a mentor and share insights and experiences of what I went through when I was in their shoes.
“Dance gives people the chance to express and to find themselves, to be as limitless as their imagination.”