Empowering Youth through Dance and Community Impact

The #ICan Dance Young People Dance Programme is a transformative initiative dedicated funded by Sport England to empowering young people aged 12-18 living in underprivileged areas of East Durham.

Our mission is to bring positive change to their lives by providing free weekly dance coaching sessions, led by industry professionals. Through this creative and collaborative programme, we aim to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, foster social inclusion, and boost confidence levels among the participants.

Key Elements of the #ICan Dance Young People's Programme:

  • Our weekly sessions engage with 20 young people in regular dance coaching sessions focusing on street dance, contemporary styles, and bespoke coaching. These sessions nurture creativity, develop social bonds, and promote positive self-expression.

  • Participants have the opportunity to co-deliver sessions alongside our instructors, gaining valuable arts industry experience and equipping them with the skills and confidence to pursue their dreams.

  • By providing relatable role models, we motivate the young people to explore diverse opportunities and realise their potential.

  • The program will culminate in a final digital showpiece, created by the participants themselves. This showcase embodies the program’s core message of improving wellbeing and opportunities through dance and will be shared on our social media platforms, inspiring a broader audience.

  • Participants will have the opportunity to engage in volunteer work experience, using their dance skills to inspire and instruct others. By witnessing the positive impact they can have on their community’s wellbeing, they will develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for their surroundings.

Our Vision

We believe in the potential of every young person and their ability to thrive, regardless of their background. Through dance, we seek to enhance their self-esteem, self-belief, and aspirations. By providing a safe and inclusive space, we encourage individuality, creativity, and teamwork, fostering a strong sense of community and support among the participants.

Our goal is to not only enrich the lives of these young people but also create a positive impact on the local community. Through their involvement as volunteers and instructors, we aim to promote a culture of empowerment and inspiration, demonstrating the transformative power of dance.

Join us in supporting the #ICan Dance Programme and be part of a movement that empowers young minds, fosters creativity, and brings positive change to our community. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of these young people and create a brighter future for all.