Speed Interview with Jayden: Breakdancing Prodigy

I loved Soumya’s interviews from last year with students from our Moffet program and decided to bring them back this spring to highlight some of the new personalities we have with us.

Let’s start it off with Jayden, a ten-year-old break-dance prodigy who takes choir, drumming, and art. Besides his stellar attendance record, Jayden brings his smile and his endless supply of energy. Here’s our conversation:

What’s your favorite animal?
Cheetah.

What’s your favorite food?
Macaroni and cheese.

What’s your favorite thing at Al-Bustan?
Drumming.

Why?
Because drumming has made me a stronger player, my hands stronger and it’s made me very fast.

Fast at what?
Fast at drumming, fast at doing things…

What’s something you learned about Arab culture or Arabic?
I learned that they don’t celebrate Christmas and they go to church and pray and at night they pray. And I learned their Arabic songs and Arabic drumming.

What songs did you learn?
[Singing] Ya leil, ya leil.

Do you know what that means?
“All night” [my note: or, “oh, night.”]

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a policeman or get a job as a secret agent maybe.

Look for Jayden at our concert led by percussion director Hafez Kotain on Saturday, April 27th, 2019

 

Elias Bartholomew
Programs Coordinator

 

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