Urban Dance

Urban dance is a powerful way of connecting young people with both their bodies and their communities, through the music and moves they love.

From 2011- 2015 Take Art's Urban Dance Project in Yeovil created Urban Hubs within communities in Somerset, giving young dancers a chance to build their professional experience and providing advanced skills training for dance teachers.

The project was led by Take Art in collaboration with a steering group of young people, The Yeovil All Stars, who were be crucial to setting up the Urban Hubs, which included Parkour, Street Dance and Break Dancing workshops, DJ and Graffiti workshops and demonstrations by local groups.

Some of the young people involved had the opportunity to pursue the Dance Leaders award as part of this project through the Hubs and workshops held at The Octagon Theatre. School Teachers were also given the opportunity to learn Urban Dance styles, and advanced skills development workshops were delivered to local Street Dance Teachers.

Take Art & a steering group of young people, in Partnership with the Octagon Theatre held several Big Dance Urban Jam events which included evening celebration of Urban Dance.  The day featured free workshops in Street Dance, Break Dancing, Popping/Locking, Beat Boxin, DJ Skills, Music editing and Graffiti Skills.  As well as Masterclasses by professional artists; Flawless, Boadicea & Rannel Theatre Company. The Octagon Theatre was buzzing with young people participating in workshops and performing in and around the venue.  During the evening event local Street Dance crews performed alongside Flawless, Boadicea & Rannel Theatre Company to produce an exciting, explosive show showcasing the high standard of dance in the South West.
Feedback – “…this event was brilliant.  I took my son and his 3 dancing friends and they loved it…they came home and spent a few days mixing their own music and making up a dance including the sequence they learnt in the flawless workshop and entered their school talent show.  Got to the final and had to perform in front of the whole school.  Thanks for organising the day.  It was excellent’

“…this event was brilliant.  I took my son and his 3 dancing friends and they loved it…they came home and spent a few days mixing their own music and making up a dance including the sequence they learnt in the flawless workshop and entered their school talent show.  Got to the final and had to perform in front of the whole school.  Thanks for organising the day.  It was excellent’  Parent of participant at BIG DANCE URBAN JAM, The Octagon Theatre Yeovil, July 2012
 

Photo credits – Beata ‘Borys’ Kosc Photography

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