Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

We are a non-profit community dance group based in Bodmin, Cornwall. We run dance classes for children aged from 4 upwards, for young people of all abilities. At Future Youth Dance we believe in our wonderful young dancers and strive to provide them with opportunities to learn and experience different styles of dance and perform and share the skills that they have learnt. We support and encourage our dancers to have fun while they dance and to build their confidence and build friendships too.

We have two competition teams in addition to the weekly dance classes, GDA and ViViD who have attended Street Dance competitions around the UK. GDA are a group of teenagers who have been chosen for their dance talent and commitment, to compete and represent Future Youth Dance at competitions around the country. GDA attended the UDO South West Qualifier in July and placed 5th in their category to qualify for the UDO Six Nations competition. They will also be competing in the UK Street Dance Challenge at Alton Towers in March 2018. The younger competition team ViViD which is formed of mostly primary age children, competed in their first competition at the UDO Southwest Qualifier against 17 other teams and finished in sixth place narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Six Nations competition. Vivid are attending the BDO Southwest competition in November.

We rely on the support of the dancers parents and carers to fund the costumes and tickets for the dancers to be able to compete in the competitions, along with fundraising to cover the cost of transport to the venues. If we were lucky enough to receive Aviva funding this would help to fund our dancers to attend the competitions which they work so hard to compete in and qualify for.

The Aviva funding would also enable us to offer our dancers more opportunities to learn new skills and experience different styles of dance. We would like to provide dance workshops which would be open to all local children to further their dance knowledge and abilities. For a lot of local children they do not have the opportunity to attend such training due to the cost and distance from dance schools living in a rural area in Cornwall. These workshops provide a taster for the children to experience a number of different dance techniques.

Although we perform at different local events and competitions we also like to put on a show once a year to showcase the talent that our dancers have. This gives the dancer's family and friends the opportunity to come and watch what we have been doing in our classes . This year we plan to put on a Christmas show as well. The funding would be used towards these shows to showcase our dancers skills and talent. The dancers enjoy this opportunity to get on the stage and perform with their friends.

We believe that we offer our young dancers a fun, supportive learning environment where they can come and build their confidence and learn new skills. If you were to ask our dancers we think that they would agree. In view of this we ask if you would be so kind as to vote for us to receive Aviva funding to be able to carry on what we do and to offer our dancers more opportunities in the future.

Future Youth Dance

Location: Bodmin

I am proud to be part of the Future Youth Dance family as I have seen first hand how much of an impact it has on the dancers that attend the classes. It gives the children somewhere to come and boost their confidence and self-esteem whilst learning new skills and making friends at the same time.
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