Standing at 6-feet 7-inches, most would pinpoint him as a basketball player.
Although true, Clark College sophomore Hayden Hall’s first love was for another form of athleticism — Dancing, of all types.
Hall’s favorite form of dance is hip hop, but he has been involved in ballet, tap, jazz, salsa, contemporary and ballroom. He started taking classes in the second grade, but Hall says he’s been dancing ever since he was a tot.
“It’s really the music that I love. It’s almost always upbeat,” Hall said of hip hop. “There really aren’t any rules to it, you don’t have to wear a certain outfit, just show up in your street clothes. Plus there’s always a new hip hop move that sweeps the nation every three to four months.”
The basketball side of Hall has seen his fair share of winning. This year he helped bring a men’s basketball championship back to Clark as he averaged nine points per game coming off the bench throughout the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament in Kennewick. During his basketball career with the Penguins he also was a part of clinching back-to-back conference championship titles.
“Above all else, Hayden was and is a leader,” Clark head coach Alex Kirk said. “In the two years he’s been in our program, he’s won almost every sprint the team has run. He shows up everyday ready to lead by example, but when that isn’t enough, he’s not afraid to speak up either.”