We are very grateful to receive funding from BBC Children in Need for our “Breakin’ Free” project. This is a series of inspiring Street & HipHop workshops for children & young people in areas of Bournemouth that are facing particular challenges & less access to creative arts opportunities. Our young dancers are working with industry dance professionals: the brilliant Rachel King from Shake Dance&  Rich Smith from Have No Limits.

This week we had a very special guest join us… the one & only Pudsey!!! Members of the BBC South Today team joined us to film our session. There were some serious moves on display!

  Bringing together young people in the amazing creative community-hub spaces of Fernheath Play & Henry Brown Centre in West Howe, we are delivering inspiring & empowering dance activity for & with families. 

Children & young people improve their team work, resilience & growth-mindset, increase their self-esteem through choreography creation, body empowerment, project ownership & reduce stress via physical activity, feeling safe & belonging. 

Through these weekly workshops, they set the path for the dance work they create together: youth voice & listening to children is central to this. Our young dancers learn warm-up exercises, inspiring routines, devise their own movement, understand relevant dance terminology & be part of a fresh, new “collective” with their group peers. They experience kind & caring leadership with adults they can look up to. Street & HipHop are the perfect fun, accessible, popular & storytelling art forms for this fantastic project.

Thank you BBC Children in Need!

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