If you happened to walk around Bournemouth Pier on Tuesday around midday you might have spotted a Yellow Bus parking outside Pavilion Dance South West on the terrace.

This was entirely intentional and not the result of the driver getting lost. Yellow Buses were there to help us promote “Get On Board”, a fundraising appeal for our dance work for children and young people, an area we are incredibly passionate about.

Dancing has many benefits. It can help explore boundaries, boost confidence, self esteem and leadership skills and can act as a vital alternative to competitive sports to help young people stay active and healthy. Dance also has a positive impact on improving literacy and memory, problem solving and working with others.

Pavilion Dance South West plays a significant role in co-ordinating and supporting dance work with, by and for children and young people in Bournemouth and across the South West. We work closely with schools because that way we can reach every child, regardless of their background, and give them the chance to realise their interest or talent in dance and reap the health benefits of engaging in dance.

So, what is “Get On Board” all about, then?

The appeal offers five young people from local schools the opportunity to train with renowned local hip hop crew Shake, create a piece of dance and perform it live in front of an audience on Sunday 10 May at Bournemouth’s annual hip hop festival, B-Town Throwdown, during the Local Youth Crew Showcase between 1pm and 2pm.

We are currently looking for local businesses to sponsor each young person in support of our work with children and young people. Sponsors and audiences will have the opportunity to follow their progress on our website, and to cheer them on for their performance at B-Town Throwdown.

So, to Get On Board with us to donate, to attend this event as our guest or to find out more, please email Joanne Howard.


Pavilion Dance South West in partnership with Yellow Buses and Shake to support dance for children and young people


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