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Dance and Music Academies

Dance and Music Academies

2Funky Arts were successful in securing funding from Youth Opportunity Fund for the West End Dance and Music Academy. The West End of Leicester spans much of Narborough Rd, Hinckley Rd and adjoining streets.  It was identified as somewhere lacking in leisure provision for young people and something to be addressed. Young people aged 13-19, living within the West End of Leicester or nearby, were invited to participate in the project throughout Autumn 2007. The initiative was championed by Leicester Constabulary and achieved a high profile throughout the city.  Workshop sessions took place at West End Neighbourhood Centre, Andrewes St (off Hinckley Rd), throughout October-December 2007. Young people were given a unique chance to learn skills in StreetDance, BreakDance, DJing, music production and vocals for a period of three months on their chosen art form, with highly experienced and inspirational tutors.  The project was a success on many levels and strengthened a partnership between 2Funky Arts and Leicester City Council’s Children and Young People’s Service.  Around thirty young people stayed on the programme for the full course and completed a Youth Achievement Award.  A further 40 (approx) performed at the Music Café end of project showcase, which had an audience of 130.  Leicestershire Constabulary noted at the time of the project’s completion, that:  “Since the academy started, the number of calls reporting ‘anti-social behaviour/ trouble with youths’ has significantly reduced.”

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