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National Youth Event, July 10-13, 2012, Purdue University
Instant Recess® Dancers Wanted for NYE 2012

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ABC’s reigning Dancing with the Stars Champion, J.R. Martinez, is joining us at National Youth Event 2012, so you know we must bring our “A” game, right? You bet! So let’s move!

Dust off those tap shoes and gym shoes, too. This dance off is for health and wellness. We need youth choreographers (13-18 years old) to take out flip cams, smart phones, tablets and video recording gadgets and let us see you Imagine through movement for NYE’s Instant Recess®.

If you attended General Synod 28 (Tampa, FL) last year, you were likely one of those highly energized persons on the plenary floor who broke out into an Instant Recess-Let’s Move!® Flash Mob to the tune of This Little Light of Mine and Katy Perry’s Firework. In that same spirit, we need energized choreographers to help us bring Instant Recess to National Youth Event 2012.
Have fun, get moving, celebrate your faith and earn an NYE scholarship! Enter today!


What are Instant Recess® Breaks?

  •  Instant Recess® Breaks are a tightly choreographed sequence of 8-12 moves or exercises, usually derived from cultural inspired dance or sports traditions and performed to music.

Did you say "scholarships" for NYE?

  • Four choreographers will be selected to perform their movements live on-stage at NYE.
  • Each selected choreographer will receive a full registration scholarship to attend NYE (includes registration, housing and meals only).
  • A donation of $200 will be made to the choreographer’s congregation for scholarship use or to promote health and wellness.

How do you create Instant Recess® Breaks movement?

  • 10 minutes of continuance movement.
  • Moderate intensity (music selections of ~100-120 beats/minute)
  • A mixture of Low-impact or less vigorous/intense movements and vigorous/high-impact
  • movements aimed at youth.
  • Attention to neck and lower back protection.
  • Includes aerobic and resistance or flexibility enhancement components.
  • Begins with lower body movements and adds upper body, to increase energy expenditure and
  • to aid individuals with different ability levels in learning the moves.
  • Features simple, easy-to-learn movements for persons who identify as less “coordinated,” rhythmically challenged, and/or less athletic/agile. We want everyone to share in the fun!


Where will we get our music?

  • On a desktop computer right click the green arrow and "save link as" to save as MP3
Instant Recess Music 1 - Alternative
Instant Recess Music 1 - Alternative

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Instant Recess Music 2 - Teens
Instant Recess Music 2 - Teens

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Instant Recess Music 3 - Urban
Instant Recess Music 3 - Urban

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Instant Recess Music 4 - Hymns
Instant Recess Music 4 - Hymns

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Is this for faith, fun or fitness?

  • All of the above. This is a worshipful activity that calls us to care for body, mind and spirit.

How can I learn more?

  • NYE Instant Recess® Coordinators will host two informational conference calls. Email youth@ucc.org to receive code for upcoming conference calls: April 16    7:00 PM EST/4:00 PM PST April 19    4:00 PM EST/1:00 PM PST

Anything else I need to know before I create my submission?

  • This contest is for individual youth choreographers.
  • Youth choreographers must be between the ages of 13-18 years old.
  • Submitted youth choreography will be reviewed for safety, appropriateness and routine’s adaptability for a diverse range of abilities.
  • Email a letter of intent to NYE Instant Recess® by April 26 to youth@ucc.org.
  • All youth choreography submissions due by May 18. Email to youth@ucc.org.
  • Four youth choreographers will be notified by Friday, June 08.
  • Awards are not transferable and cover registration cost (meals, housing and program only).
  • Contact youth@ucc.org to receive code for upcoming conference calls.



Important Deadlines!

  • Email a letter of intent to NYE Instant Recess® by April 26 to youth@ucc.org.
  • All youth choreography submissions due by May 18. Email to youth@ucc.org.
  • Four youth choreographers will be notified by Friday, June 08.
Contact: Waltrina Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation, at middletonw@ucc.org or 216-736-3871