STREB Kid Action is based on Elizabeth Streb’s PopAction, which intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt work into bristling muscle and motion vocabulary. The philosophy behind PopAction is that in order for us to fly, we have to learn how to fall.
The associate artistic director of Streb, Cassandre Joseph, reminds us that parents’ fears usually outweigh the fears of their children. At Streb, they try to find a balance between the caution of parents with the general fearlessness of their kids. They encourage parents to let go of their paternal fears just a little while also teaching children to hone in more on safety. Some of the classes involve parental participation, so they are able to get on the mats and see their kids in action for themselves. The classes are very impact-based and teach children how to take an impact on different parts of the body.
Justin Ruben, a father of Streb students, says, “The art of parenting is preventing death while allowing kids to take risks and hurt themselves.” Some of the best spotting he’s ever seen was while watching the safety precautions that the students were practicing. Justin says he’s much more worried about his children jumping on his bed in their apartment.
Streb offers classes for ages 18 months all the way up to adults, with around 60 to 75 children currently enrolled. It’s a great outlet for kids who need that extra energy to burn off in a supportive and stress-free environment.