On Sunday 4th December, one of our members, The Movement Factory hosted their annual Keep It Moving Dance Showcase at the Clore Ballroom as part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival. Hosted by Kymberlee Jay with DJ Dwain White on the decks, the audience of 1,000 were treated to 28 diverse dance acts showcasing a mixture of community and experienced young performers, from solo to group performances. There were also 10 key young people supporting The Movement Factory to deliver this showcase who are currently developing as dance young leaders after starting their Sports Leaders UK dance qualification back in October 2016 at Pineapple Dance Studio’s.
From start to finish, the atmosphere was electric and Keep It Moving was a platform that enabled young Londoners to be at their brilliant, creative best. Hosting it at such an iconic cultural venue as the Southbank Centre ensured the young performers were able to reach new audiences as well as perform to hundreds of family and friends.
Events like Keep It Moving were part of our commitment to London’s Cultural Education Challenge. In partnership with A New Direction, we created the Getting Ready Dance Programme in 2015. This is supporting 10 youth organisations to offer high quality dance opportunities across a two year period. The Movement Factory, led by Leanne Pero and her team are one of these organisations and they’ve allowed us to broaden our own ambitions beyond sport and into the provision of high quality cultural experiences – and at the same time broaden young people’s horizons and ensure they feel London is their city, open and inclusive and that culture can be part of their identity.
Corinne Bass – Senior Partnerships Associate at A New Direction commented:
“I had a great time at the Keep it Moving showcase on Sunday – the atmosphere in the Southbank Centre was incredible and it was wonderful to see so many strong, exciting and creative performances from solo dancers, duos and groups from all across the city. The hosts from the Movement Factory did a wonderful job as well, many congratulations to all.”
Leanne Pero, Director of The Movement Factory explains more about the club:
“Here at The Movement Factory we pride ourselves on providing FREE, inclusive opportunities for young people to perform and express themselves via the art of dance. Keep It Moving is an integral part of the urban dance calendar every year- but we rely heavily on the support of organisations funding and supporting us and through our ongoing successful partnership with London Youth we are able to make these opportunities happen every year. I am very proud of all the performers (over 300) my amazing team and our dance leaders volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this years show our best yet! We are looking forward to the events 2017 brings.”
John Jones, Sports Development Officer at London Youth added:
“We were delighted to support Keep It Moving 2016, the performances were inspiring and the young dance leaders excelled in their first ever live event. The Movement Factory reflects London Youth’s commitment that all young Londoners deserve the best of this incredible capital city; that it should invest in their potential, encourage them as leaders, and open up opportunities for them to thrive. We can’t wait for 2017 and to support the growth of this event.”
Harriet Wise, one of the dance young leaders talks about her experience:
“I had a brilliant time working at The Movement Factory’s event. It was a brilliant experience and I learnt so much about what happens behind the scenes and what it takes to produce such a show. I really enjoyed meeting the artists and seeing them perform. Taking part in the dance leaders qualification and Keep It Moving has inspired me as a dancer and dance teacher.”
Shannon Norman one of the dance young leaders commented:
“everyone can be a star ~ I had the most wonderful time on Sunday at the movement factory event , watching everyone come together and perform was truly a memorable moment that I won’t forget , the event was filled with lots of smiles laughs and not forgetting a diverse amount of inspiring talent , it was truly remarkable watching what other people have produced . As well as this it was grate fun to learn and see all the behind scene work that takes place when doing an event like this , it showed me the ins and outs of how hard people have to work and I loved that I was able to help and participate in the event as it was a new experience . From doing this I made loads of friends that will stay with me for life as their all wonderful I also had a chance to have a role which was out of my comfort zone and so helped me boost my confidence . Keep It moving was FANTASTIC !!!!”
Check out #KIM16 to see videos, photos and tweets from the event.