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The Big Lottery Fund Future Good Event

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On Thursday 24th November, some of our UDOIT! delivery team attended the Big Lottery Future Good Event at the Senydd in Cardiff Bay.

The event was to showcase to partners how the Big Lottery Fund has helped local projects.

Lucy & Greg really enjoyed performing at the event, showcasing how they are helping to change lives in Cardiff using Street Dance, thanks to Awards 4 All funding through the Big Lottery Fund.

 

Newport Girls Doing It!

On Sunday 10 year olds Precious, Destiny and Rhia from one of our Community sessions in Alway, Newport had a major achievement. For the past 10 years (as long as their life time!) UDO has hosted a Regional Street Dance competition at Newport Centre. The event attracts over 2000 attendees and sees dancers mainly from Dance Schools attend to try and qualify for Europeans and World Street Dance Championships taking place in 2017.

Dance School dancers train for hours each week where as these 3 just have 1 hour of practice each Monday at their local Community Centre and prior to UDOIT! landing in Newport in January 2016 they were totally inactive.. not just with Dance with all activity! Even though that event takes place each year in Newport Centre, dancers travel from a 2 hour radius to attend and 99% of the time there are not any dancers from Newport.

UDOIT! is working with Sport Wales, Newport Live, Active Gwent, Caerphilly Borough Council, Communities First and the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner to use Street Dance as a positive opportunity for local young people. Not only for the social and health benefits of activity but also for leadership and volunteer pathways, teaching opportunities and performance / competition opportunities.

The girls danced in a solo category that had nearly 100 other dancers in and although they did not progress to the next round they gave it their best shot! We asked them in the line waiting to go on the floor if they were nervous and all three of them screamed “NO WE JUST WANT TO DANCE!”

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Precious and Destiny all did a Duo and in their category there were 45 other dancers. Again, they did not progress to the next round but for them to even have the opportunity to dance in front of that huge crowd on an amazing platform they were “buzzing”!

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The girls are taught each week by UDOIT! Development Officer Natalie Davies. Natalie also has her own Dance School in Maesteg “Funk Force” and Natalie herself danced on Sunday – the girls were so inspired seeing her compete! Natalie came first place in Over 18 Advanced Teams for the third year running!

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We would love to see the girls competing at UDO Welsh Championships 2017 with even more confidence and maybe even being young leaders!

Ty’s Road to World Journey Continues

Ty has QUALIFIED !!

 

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Ty came to UDO Six Nations 2016 last weekend where he was continuing his Road to Worlds Journey! He came with his Dance School and his family – and yes his Dad danced as well! 

Ty danced in Groups, Solos, Duos and Battles and guess what? He came 2nd in his Solo (Dad came 4th in his!) and 1st in his Duo with his partner Elizabeth Layne! 

Ty also danced in Under 16 Battles – where lots of the dancers are in their teens so Ty did an awesome job just getting up there and doing his thing! 

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Ty is now working hard training and increasing his knowledge so he is ready for is next events and for Worlds 2017! Keep checking back to see what he is up to! 

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First Time for Newport Dancers!

Here are Precious, Destiny and Rhia from our Alway Community Class in Newport. They only started dancing in January when our sessions landed in their community and prior to that they were inactive.

For over 10 years United Dance Organisation (UDO) has hosted a regional event in Newport which is a qualifier for UDO World Street Dance Championships and European Championships. Precious, Destiny and Rhia have had this on their doorstep for this whole time and have never had the confidence or opportunity to attend – this weekend that is changing!!

These local young girls will be taking part in solos and duos on Sunday and are so excited! We love how ambitious they are – they have gone from non – dancers to wanting to win! The change in them is fantastic, they have a bigger social circle, they are active each week, they have a new hobby and they are now attending an event that has been on their doorstep for their entire lives!

Join us in wishing them a HUGE Good Luck and check back next week to see how they got on!

 

Following Ty on his Road To Worlds

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This is Tyler Alexis Ward (likes to be knows as “Ty”). Ty is 7 years old and is the current Under 8 Advanced UDO World Champion! Ty started dancing at UDO when he was just 2 years old – one of our youngest starters!

 

Ty is from London and dances at Xpression Dance Studios. His mum is a Dance Teacher and his Dad is a Dancer as well, in fact Ty’s Dad also competed at UDO World Championships 2016! But Ty is still the only World Champion in his family!

 

Ty caught our eye when he posted a video of himself dancing in Covent Garden in London to raise money to attend Worlds. Check him out here https://www.facebook.com/ItsTyLondon/videos/177288179367974/

 

We have spoken with Ty’s Mum Natalie and she told us how Street Dance brings Ty “alive”. Ty does well at school but can be distracted but he is learning to concentrate better and develop some extra social skills by being part of a Team for the first time this year – instead of just solo dancing!

 

Ty is aiming to defend his title at UDO Worlds 2017 and we are going to follow him on his #roadtoworlds. Check him out here at UDO South Coast yesterday in Portsmouth.. and yes he did qualify in 3rd place. He is aiming for more points next week at UDO Six Nations Street Dance Championships as well where he will be part of Team England!

 

 

Doing it in Thurrock!

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Dancers from our project in Thurrock,Essex were involved in two Summer Festivals on the weekend, one in Purfleet and one in Basildon. All of the dancers had a fantastic time and would never have performed without the confidence boost of our programme over the past 18 months. Huge well done to their teachers Hayley and Demi who have brought them on so much as well.

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Dancers from #UDOIT classes in Stifford Clays taking to the stage! These dancers would never have had this opportunity before and they certainly would not have had the confidence to perform in front of the huge audience! Well done to all!

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Purfleet Community Fun Day

Dancers from our #udoit session in St Stephen’s Community Trust performed at the Purfleet Fun Day on Saturday as well! Even a few months ago these dancers were too nervous and shy to dance in front of each other let alone an audience but Demi has done a great job in getting them to this stage! Even some of the older ones who refused to engage with the club ended up having a go! 

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Unfortunately the programme in St Stephen’s has reached a conclusion now but we hope the engaged dancers will follow the exit pathways and continue to dance! 

Step Up South Wales 2016

Saturday 25th June saw the first ever Step Up South Wales event! After 6 months of our #udoit prgramme running (funded by Sport Wales) we hosted a showcase event to give all of the dancers a chance of their very first performance! We had the fantastic Kane Silver, Leighton Wall and Gregory Sage Judge the event and we had groups and solos competing to be champions! It was fanatastic to think these young people were not even dancing 6 months ago and now they are hooked for life! Royalty Crew from Rhymney Comprehensive school were the group winners and are the current “STEP UP SOUTH WALES 2016 CHAMPIONS” – who will take home 2017??#

Natalie who teaches the sessions in Rhymney Comprehensive School and Alway Community Centre said:

“Apart from one girl none of the young people have danced before. Their attendance was sporadic but as soon as we set an event to work towards they attended regularly and became more engaged as they wanted to win! They could not wait to pick their team names and see what the other dancers were doing!”. 

Lucy who teaches at the Civil Service Centre in Newport said:

“It was really difficult to engage with some of the older boys at the youth club, they thought dance was for girls. After a few weeks though they started to ask me to play different tracks and if I knew different steps. Now they frequently take over the class battling each other and free styling! I am so proud of them today, one of them even placed in solos too!”

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These first time dancers even had a go at solos!! The teachers were amazed when they got up to have a go! Top work dancers!

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We cannot wait to see what the next 6 months has in store for #udoit in South Wales – we know it is going to be HUGE!

UDOIT! Street Dance Taster Sessions in Stoke!

The #UDOIT! Dance Delivery team were in Stoke this Thursday with UDO Judge Kane Silver to run taster Street Dance sessions ahead of launching the UDOIT! programme this September.

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Over 90 Primary School children from 8 schools in Stoke took part in the taster Street Dance sessions yesterday! They all had fun, warmed up, played games, learnt new steps and even battled! The atmosphere was amazing with dancers and teachers all telling us how much they want dance in their school… good news all around!

We also met 12 fantastic young leaders who we hope to work with over the Summer to mentor ready to take the reigns in the Stoke UDOIT! programme.

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The UDOIT! programme is in Stoke from this September and consists of mentoring packs, the Dance Tots programme, UDO Street Dance Syllabus, Dance Leaders and Young Ambassador programme. We can’t wait! For more information on the UDOIT! programme or to get involved, contact Jo@theudogroup.com or call 029 2079 9199

Support V Pushy

Support V Pushy

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 We know this article and video is a few years old but it is so right! Yes parents you should be supportive and be proud of your child’s sporting achievements but there is a difference between supportive and pushy.

 

A survey carried out last year found that 40% of children give up Sport because of their parents being too pushy, or negative if they do not achieve a medal! If you are a parent or guardian please listen to this and remember to pass on the right messages to your children so they learn correct values and sportsmanship.

#encourage #support #learn #dance #enjoy