Lewisham Homes Love2Dance finale is a smash!
Published by Lewisham Homes for Lewisham Homes in Housing and also in Communities
The Love2Dance kids show off their awards
Lewisham Homes' Community Fund street dance project, Love2Dance Programme 2, came to an amazing end last weekend. Nearly 50 young Lewisham Homes residents showcased the fantastic dance routines they have learnt through the street dance programme, at a grand finale in Sydenham on 15 March 2014.
Love2Dance started in 2013 and was created to enable young people to access free streetdance and drama workshops exploring all the fundamental issues that affect young people today. So far, 100 young Lewisham Homes residents have accessed Programme 1 and 2.
Funded and supported by Lewisham Homes and Breyer Group plc, the finale was attended by over 100 family and friends and hosted by Aaron Augustus, dance tutor and founder of the Inspire Youth Dance Company (IYDC).
Aaron said after the event: “What an amazing evening! The kids have worked SO hard and I’m incredibly proud. It was a pleasure to work with them and they really got into the spirit of choreographing their own routines. You could see them growing in confidence over the weeks.”
All the young performers, aged between 8-18, received an award and certificate presented by Tim Breyer (Managing Director of Breyer Group Plc), Councillor Marion Nisbet (ward councillor for Sydenham and Lewisham Homes Board member) and Saffron Worrel (Lewisham’s UK Youth Parliament Representative).
The evening ended with guest performers IYDC, Priory and a high octane performance from The Fantastic Five – Simeon, Dario, Dean, Stephan and Manny. They are some of the UKs best streetdancers, having worked with the likes of Rita Ora, Tinchy Strider, Whitney Houston and Boyz2men, as well as appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, the World Hip Hop Championships and at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Sceyan Chit, Lewisham Homes resident and mother of Gordon (12 years) said: “It was really exciting to see Gordon dancing in front of all those people! He was on the Love2Dance programme last year, and loves it so much he’s continuing with programme three when it starts soon. He loves dancing and has learnt so much since he’s been on Love2Dance. Aaron is a very talented dancer and great teacher and the whole project has been organised so well by Lewisham Homes.”
Thanks to continued funding, the third programme will go into rehearsals shortly, gearing up for a flashmob at a local community event in the summer. The project is supported by Millwall Community Scheme, IYDC and TNG Youth and Community Centre. Media students from local secondary, Forest Hill School, filmed the evening and will use the footage they captured as part of their A Level coursework.
The street dance programme was one of 16 resident projects funded by the Lewisham Homes Community Fund, which funds projects aimed at empowering residents to undertake activities in their neighbourhoods.