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The Need

 

We didn’t seem to have many dance or art opportunities when I was growing up compared to the UK, so dance seemed to be the best option for keeping young people away from crime. Young people want to have fun but also to have something to focus on and strive for. Young people want to be successful and be recognised for who they are, what they can do and where they come from.

Their talent contributes to raising high levels of confidence against life challenges as every dancer/artist aims to be the best at what they do. Dance and arts enables them to work towards something and train to be the best they can be. In dance, they can compete to become the best performer. This today is still contributing to inspire many young males and females from every town to become street dancers no matter what style or talent artists.

Five years ago, I decided to move to London to pursue my dream to become a dancer, a dance instructor and eventually choreographer. Since I have been living in London, I have been performing, teaching dance and have realised that there is not enough Hip Hop!

 

Most of the young people I teach are young girls and it has been very difficult to get boys interested in dancing because they don’t know what is available to them, they may lack  of confidence to try it, role models or they don’t know what is the real power of dance. As a youth worker myself, when working in youth clubs in the London area, I realised that a lot of young people are involved in crime or weren’t doing anything positive with their lives.

Most of those young people were passionate about activities such as visual arts, media, design, music, DJ workshops, dance especially Hip Hop dance which drove me to this crazy idea called…

 

As part as my community and youth work studies, I was choked to learn about the numbers of gangs, crimes, school exclusion, unemployment and other issues that young people are facing in London and in the rest of the country which are a big issue for the government. According to the Department for Education, the percentage of young people not in education, employment, or training in London was 15% in 2012.

Did you know that many talented dancers/artists and art/dance teachers struggle finding employment in London and across UK? Those people represent a small percentage of the 15%, but could actually contribute to reducing it.

Today I have found a fantastic team who join me in this adventure sharing the same innovative ideas and passion. What Upside Down Dance wants to achieve is simple, we want to change young people’s lives through dance as a core element involved with a various load of art forms. We want to inspire young boys and girls to develop a passion for arts and dance, to unleash their potential and aim to give them the tools to find employment opportunities that suit them.

We want to demonstrate the positive impact that arts and dance, particularly Hip Hop, can have on our society; initially, in all of South London, aiming to reach all of London and the UK progressively by 2020. We want to have all the support from people and organisations around us sharing the same vision and interests.