Sophie Gutter, creator of Chess For Chicas, sat with Maria Falzo in the #HipNJ studio to discuss making playing chess fun for girls.
Sophie wrote a book titled, Chess for Chicas: How to Play Chess and Love It, after noticing that the vast majority of kids she was playing chess with were boys. She began playing chess when she was four, and began competing in tournaments when she was in Kindergarten.
Emily Levy, Sophia’s mom, tells Falzo that her daughter got the sense that other girls were not as drawn to chess as she was, so she developed Chess For Chicas. The mother and daughter team developed both the book and a chess set, aimed at making chess exciting for girls.
What is Sophie’s favorite part of the game? “Winning,” she says. To learn more, click here.
Read Across America Day is today, and #HipNJ has compiled a list of events throughout the Garden State to help you celebrate!
NEA‘s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Reynolds started the Woodbridge studio with her best friend Cheryl Corej. “We grew up dancing in a studio together since we were four, and now we’ve opened own dance studio together.”
Across The Floor is not your typical dance studio. Rather, they offer both traditional and specialty classes. One on-the-rise speciality class offered would be breakdancing. “We brought breakdancing to the studio a few years ago and are expanding on bringing it to the community,” Reynolds stated.
On February 4th, the studio is hosting the first-ever, youth-only breakdancing competition in Middlesex County. The event will feature three prominent people in the B-boy and B-girl community: famed Korean B-boy Ookie, nationally ranked B-girl JLa-ROC and world’s top 100 B-boy Mikey.
Interested participants can sign-up the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded to first place in multiple categories.
For more information on Across The Floor, click here.