Yorkshire Dance has supported Street Beat Elite to achieve their first Grants for the Arts Bid for ‘Risktakers’ – a project which will see the creation of a triple bill of new work exploring the theme of Risk.
The project will underpin the artistic and creative development of Street Beat Elite – an established group of gifted and talented young dancers in South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire with a strong track record both regionally and nationally.
‘Risktakers’ will deliver a twelve-month talent development plan, focussing on inviting experienced and diverse professional artists to work alongside the group and artistic team. This will include two professional residencies and two intensive workshops leading to the creation of a trilogy of new choreography.
Founded in 2007, Street Beat is a self-funded organisation working across South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Street Beat regularly delivers work, primarily in urban dance styles, to over 600 young people per week.
The Elite group have performed across the UK and abroad, most recently coming third in their age category at the World Street Dance Championships in Los Angeles.
Yorkshire Dance will continue to support the group over the next twelve months by offering critical feedback as the work is developed and supporting the project connect across the region through the regional dance development network.
“We are extremely grateful for the G4A funding that we have recently been granted. The funding will allow our group of Elite dancers to work with various prestigious artists from across the country by means of a years development plan, creating a trilogy of work. I feel honoured to work with such a gifted team of both young people and artists who inspire me everyday. The team have worked extremely hard over the past fives years, with no external funding, to be recognised as a gifted group and this funding will now give us the opportunity to progress them to the next level. Without the help of Hannah and the team at Yorkshire dance none of this would have been possible. They have provided immense support and advise on all aspects of the bid and assisted us in the development of the project. As a group we wouldn’t be more grateful.”
Kim Oakley, Street Beat Director