Hip-hop dance groups enjoy time in spotlight

High-profile TV shows, contests offer exposure to breaking crews

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But William Lett, a musical theater instructor at California State University, Fullerton, said he doesn’t consider hip-hop a realistic career option.

“It hasn’t reached academic status yet like ballet or jazz or tap,” he said.

Mr. Lett said self-trained hip-hop wannabes should learn more dance forms before stomping to the scene.

Matt Nguyen and Cam Nguyen said they might return to hairstyling and graphic design in the future. But for now, hip-hop trumps all else.

“We’re going to dance till our bodies can’t do it anymore,” Cam Nguyen said.

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