Hip-hop dance outfit Static Crew started in 2012 with a keen group of young people in the Wheatbelt town of Kellerberrin. None of the crew members had any formal training in dance and now after more than three years of dancing together have performed across WA.
Static Crew members work on their dance skills at weekly hip-hop workshops, where leadership training and skills development is also a big focus. The group performs live across WA at festivals large and small – they have even danced live on Channel 9’s Today show.
Lil Sparks formed six months after Static Crew to make way for younger dancers aged 5 and up who had been wanting to join in on the Static Crew fun. Lil Sparks gives the young kids a chance to develop their skills before moving into Static Crew to perform.
The committed dancers in Lil Sparks and Static Crew range in age from 5 to 20 years old.
The groups are led and choreographed by CAN’s Aboriginal Youth Arts Officer Connie Yarran who started off as a participant in CAN’s programs and is now a fully qualified dance teacher.
Connie is a strong role model who actively engages Noongar youth in her hometown and inspires a new generation of community leaders. She was recognised for this work as a finalist in the WA Youth of the Year awards in 2014.
Connie has recently moved the original Lil Sparks members into Static Crew and has a whole new group of little crew members in Lil Sparks. Read about the Crew members in the Bios section.
Connie’s hip-hop workshops have been so popular in Kellerberrin that CAN is now looking to expand the program to other regional WA towns.
Static Crew and Lil Sparks have entertained crowds at Perth’s Survival Day, NAIDOC opening ceremony, Fremantle’s Wardanji Festival and they have performed at many regional events.
Static Crew and Lil Sparks hip-hop crews have performed at events and festivals across WA and have performed for a live audience on Channel 9’s Today Show!
The crews are available to perform at events across Australia! To have Static Crew and Lil Sparks perform at your event contact CAN or get in touch directly with crew leader, CAN Aboriginal Youth Arts Officer Connie Yarran.
- Celebrate WA, Perth Cultural Centre, June 2015
- Moorditj Day Out Tammin, March 2015
- Avon Yale Primary
- Darling Range Sports College
- Kellerberrin Agriculture Show and Kellerberrin Christmas party with the Chamber of Commerce, Kellerberrin
- 2014 WA Youth Awards Perth, November 2014
- Hip Hop NAIDOC Family Day Midland, July 2014
- Bush Babies Elders Portrait exhibition launch at the WA Museum Perth, July 2014
- NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony Wellington Square, July 2014
- Nana Hazel’s 100th birthday party Kellerberrin, June 2014
- World No Tobacco Day Merredin, May 2014
- Australian Dance Week Perth, May 2014
- Wesfarmers Centenary Concert in Northam, April 2014
- Survival Day Concert Perth, January 2014
- Kellerberrin Street Christmas Party Kellerberrin, December 2013
- Wardanji Festival Fremantle, November 2013
- NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony Perth, July 2013
- John Bennett Concert Tammin, June 2013
- Earth Mother Day Program Toodyay, June 2013
- Activate your Brain Space workshop performance Merredin, April 2013
- Keela Dreaming Festival Kellerberrin, March 2013
- Healing Songs debut performance, Kellerberrin, December 2012
- Kellerberrin Street Christmas Party, Kellerberrin December 2012
Static Crew and Lil Sparks Professional Development
Static Crew and Lil Sparks is run by professional dance instructor and youth engagement worker Connie Yarran. Connie and the crews have had the following training and development:
- Connie Yarran – Certificate IV in Dance Instruction Skills Set Training, Ausdance Inc, 2014
- Static Crew and Lil Sparks – International Dancers Workshop, 2013
- Connie Yarran – Challenger TAFE One Sky Many Paths Indigenous Leadership Course – Certificate II in Leadership Development, 2013
- Connie Yarran – National Youth Constitutional Regional Forum, Sydney, 2012
Hey my name is Connie I’m 20 years old and I’m leader/choreographer of Static Crew and Lil Sparks and I’m CAN’s Aboriginal Youth Arts Officer.
In my free time I like to listen to music, hang out with friends, watch movies and be around and yarn with family. I love dance because I feel happiest when I’m dancing and it just comes naturally to me. If I hear any music my automatic reaction is to move, bop or dance to it. I like to listen to all types of music especially the latest music. My favourite dance crew is Static Crew and Lil Sparks, because they are just awesome! I love everything about leading the crews because they are the most hard working kids that I have seen and I love them all.
Hello my name is Geraldine Mcintosh and I’m 13 years old and known in the crew as ‘WIGGLES’! My hobbies are football, netball and eating. I like showing up and learning new dances. I don’t really have a favourite type of music just mixed favourites. My favourite crew is Justice Crew. I love being in Static Crew because we learn new moves and new dances.
Hello my name is Alan Boundry and I’m 12 years old. I’m also known in the crew as ‘ELMO’! My hobbies are football, playing video games and dancing. I like to dance because it makes me happy. My favourite music is hip hop. Static Crew and Justice Crew are my favourite dance crews. I love being in Static Crew because I dance with family.
Lil Sparks Members
Tyrell McIntosh – Richmond, rell
Tyrell is seven years old and in his free time he loves to play video games, his favourite colour is black and his favourite AFL team is the Richmond Tigers. He can be quite shy but Tyrell loves to dance and got involved in Lil Sparks after he came along and watched his big sister Cheyanne dance. His favourite part of dance is performing, and he is very excited to now be performing with his big sister. His favourite moves are cork screws, Pizza cuts and hand stands.
Robert Smith – Bob, Robbie
Robbie is 11 years old and he is awesome at threading and breaking… and he LOVES Chris Brown’s music.
Nevaeh McIntosh – Nay Nay
Nevaeh is four years old and is the baby of the crew. Her favourite colour is pink and she loves playing with her cousins. Nevaeh was previously our Number One Supporter and has wasted no time following in her brother Jerome’s footsteps to become a Lil Sparks Member. At the age of four she loved to dance for a crowd, and especially loves doing Dardi Circles (cipher). Nevaeh’s go to moves are cartwheels and the Nae Nae.