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Love To Dance – Valentines Day Special!🌹

As it is Valentines Day this week, we thought it would be nice to share with you why dance is such a loveable activity and how it plays such an important role in young peoples lives!

We spoke to ‘Domin8′, A dance crew formed of 7 girls aged 13-17 from The Hwb, Torfaen to find out why they love to dance! These girls participate in weekly street dance session at their local youth club with our UDOIT Development Officer. The weekly sessions have been funded by the #IfYouGoIGo Campaign with Torfaen Sports Development. 

#IfyougoIgo is a campaign created by Torfaen Sports Development to encourage women and girls across Torfaen to be more active, more often. There are many benefits to living a healthy and more active lifestyle, however it’s not always as easy as it appears in magazines, social media or on television. The campaign is to engage women and girls to identify the main reasons that make it hard for them to take part in regular exercise and to help minimise those barriers to enable them to live a healthier lifestyle, So thanks to this amazing campaign, Domin8 have been able to engage in StreetDance classes and go on to win awards at local ceremonies & perform in local community events!

We caught up with these lot to find out what makes them so passionate about dance…

When we first began teaching Domin8, they all had loud, enthusiastic and confident personalities. However, for a lot of them they hadn’t participated in any sporting activities before so getting involved in a dance class was way out of their comfort zone. We asked why they got involved in these sessions to begin with and the majority of them felt it was nice to be “part of a group”. A lot of these girls go to the same school, but are all unique and have different interests so it was rewarding to see a group bond over something they all enjoyed doing. One of them said that she joined dance as a way to express herself and because she wanted to try something different and of course…Dance is a sport that is enjoyable to do with friends!

 When asked how being part of a dance team makes them feel, the responses included energised, happy, and that is feels good to be involved in something. The girls from Domin8 also said that being a part of a dancing community can be difficult at times due to the intensity of the routines but they love a challenge and reveal that its different to what they would usually do on a Wednesday evening. Since beginning to participate in dance 4 months ago, these girls have come a long way as a Team. In November, they had the opportunity to performance at the ‘Youth Service Awards Evening’. This was the first time they performed as a team and they were fantastic! They loved performing and there was a positive atmosphere when they came off the stage! You could see how proud they were and it was an experience they would never forget!

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Our New Blog For 2019!

Hello! Welcome to our brand new blog!

We are UDOIT Dance Foundation, The Charity of UDO – The largest Street dance events organisation. Founded in 2014, We are continuously providing opportunities for the UK’s aspiring, underprivileged and disabled dancers through the powers of Street Dance. We have a prime focus on inclusivity, and we aim to inspire, engage, and empower young people through participation and leadership opportunities. 

About us…

Here at UDOIT, We used to post regular blogs to keep you all up to date with our work.. AND WE’RE BACK!!

But first, We just wanted to give you all an insight into what we actually do and to also establish the benefits of street dance to young people. Dance is something that people can do anywhere, whether its in a club, in a dance class or even in your bedroom! – Yes, we are all guilty of it! 
We wanted to push these boundaries of the four walls of a bedroom, and offer everyone and anyone regardless of age, ability or previous experience to get involved in a sport which is creative and fun… So please, keep on reading to find out more about the fantastic opportunities we have for practically ANYONE…Including you.

In Wales alone, we are currently running over 10 classes a week from Community Centres to High Schools with ages from as young at 2 to as old as 18! (Not that 18 is old at all). These classes are targeted at those who have never been involved in Street Dance before and would love to get engaged, but unfortunately do not have the access to facilities, money or travel to these classes. So, we go to them! 

To run these classes, We have been working in partnership with UDO, Sport Wales and Sport England and other partners such as StreetGames, the Youth Sport Trust, the Premier League, County Sports Partnerships – and more importantly, local dance schools – we take StreetDance to those in deprived areas, those who are inactive and not engaged by traditional sports and or who can’t access dance opportunities. 

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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!