Britain’s Got Talent star gives Lewisham Homes kids a street dance masterclass
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Britain's Got Talent star, Pulse, and some of the Love2Dance crew
The Lewisham Homes funded 'Love2Dance' project is teaching over forty young people street dance this summer. This week they were amazed when Britain’s Got Talent star, Pulse, dropped in to show them how it’s done.
The Love2Dance project is one of sixteen community projects that received funding from Lewisham Homes’ Community Fund in 2013.
Pulse, real name Glen Murphy, dropped in on the kids after being invited by Aaron Augustus and Danni Reid, who choreograph the classes. The Love2Dance project was inspired by young street dancers from another successful Community Fund project on the Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham, and has been holding street dance and drama workshops for the past six weeks exploring the fundamental issues that affect young people today.
Glen said: “Dance has been a platform for me to experience many wonderful opportunities; I hope all young people can do the same. When I heard about the invite to teach this masterclass I was more than happy to as this was happening in my own community. The students were very welcoming and exciting. There was a lot of talent and I could see a great deal of potential. I hope their performances go well and hopefully be invited back.”
Aaron said: “Glen and I came up through the dance scene, through community projects like this. I now have my own dance company and teach day in and day out. Glen is half of an amazing dance duo, doing what celebrities do. Having Glen involved on this project I hope will inspire the students not just to dance more, but to show them hard work pays off.”
The talented dancers, aged between 8 and 18, have been learning their moves and advice from Pulse will come in handy as their course culminates in a final exam in October, and two public performances – one at Lewisham Council’s newly opened state-of-the-art TNG Youth Centre, and the second will test their mettle as they perform in front of thousands of fans at Millwall FC’s home game against Burnley at the Den on 2 November 2013.
Glen is real home-grown talent, having been born and raised in Lewisham.
The Love2Dance project is run by the Inspire Youth Dance Company, a local dance company based in Lewisham www.inspireyouthdancecompany.co.uk
The £60,000 Community Fund initiative is part of the Lewisham Homes Residents’ Business Plan, which sees residents identifying their priorities for their homes and communities Projects funded range from job clubs, peer mentoring, youth activities, gardening for young and old and computer clubs for residents living in sheltered housing.
Many of the projects are entirely resident-led, and all have opted to use local community organisations and companies to commission work, buy goods from or deliver training and work experience for people from the local community, ensuring that as many Lewisham Homes residents as possible benefit from these local, community-focused projects.