Leeds: Dance classes are used as a confidence booster

Hip Hop Roots.
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YOUNGSTERS from Leeds are keeping their street cred up to date with an innovative scheme.

Yorkshire Dance’s Hip Hop Roots dance project sees young people aged eight to 14 from Seacroft and Richmond Hill work with top dance tutors and international Hip Hop artists, including Dan

ielle Byars and Jason Williams.

Teenagers have also worked with popular artists from Holland, the Hip Hop Huis dance company, who spent four days in Leeds teaching skills such as streetdance, breakdance and hip Hop.

Sessions take place after school at the Denis Healey Community Centre in Seacroft and Mount St Mary’s High School, in Richmond Hill. The group is funded by the Hesco Bastion Fund and supported by Leeds Youth Service and Leeds Extended Services.

Nattylyn Jeffers, community engagement officer at Yorkshire Dance, said: “The project has been a great opportunity for young people to express themselves in the Hip Hop art form. It’s great to see young people develop their confidence and learn choreographic skills as they share a common interest as they all like to dance.”

Members of the group are taking part in workshops with the Yorkshire Dance and Youth Dance England’s Fresh 2011 event, a regional showcase of dance performed by young people aged 11-19, on Saturday March 19 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where X-Factor stars Flawless also perform.

The day-long event features a range of fantastic water-inspired pieces and dance styles as diverse as street dance, bharatanatyam and contemporary dance.

Members of Hip Hop Roots will also take part in the city’s Breeze Youth Festival in May, when they will perform.

If you are aged 13-19 and interested in weekly urban dance workshops or being involved in Breeze contact Nattylyn on 0113 243 9867 or visit the website on www.yorkshiredance.com.

alison.bellamy@ypn.co.uk

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