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Up your street; Cathy Owen finds out how street dance is moving out of schools and into the community.

Byline: Cathy Owen

BRITAIN's Got Talent winners Diversity and groups like Flawless and George Sampson have all hip hopped street dance into the limelight.

And they are the inspiration behind a new dance club that has launched in Cardiff.

The Street Dance Club at Channel ViewLeisureCentre,Grangetown, runs everyWednesday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm for anyone aged between seven and 16. And it only costs pounds 1. The workshop style session is run as part of the 5x60 Welsh Assembly Governs ment initiative, which encourages young people to take part in 60 minutes of physical activity five times a week.

Street dance is already a big hit on the 5x60 scheme at Fitzalan, Mary Immaculate and Cathays high schools and demand has now grown into the local community.

Following some popular street dance sessions at community fun days, the decision was taken to launch the club in Grangetown, with many pupils from all three schools living in the area.

Instructors Emma Brown and Maria Katzi, who run the 2Step Dance Company, have organised the club.

They also have sessions at Fitzalan High School and have a fantastic rapport with the school, pupils, parents and the leisure centre.

The club was launched this month with a performance from ShapeZ, a successful street dance group made up of seven Year 11 pupils from the school.

Maria, co-founder of the 2step dance company, said: "I am really pleased that we are able to set up a new street dance club in the Grangetown area.

"Street dance has taken off in the local schools and this gives young people a chance to continue taking part in their own community.

"Street dance is a great way of keeping fit and healthy while having fun at the same time".

Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Sport, said: "It is fantastic to see such great achievements from a plan which was initially introduced to get kids active in school and is now branching out into the community.

"Now these clubs are setting up outside school, it shows the programme is growing from strength to strength. Some great successes have surfaced from 5x60."

For details, call Abby Neal on 029 2087 3936.


Dancing instructor Emma Brown Pupils from Fitzalan High School taking part in the new Cardiff Street Dance Club at Channel View Centre, Grangetown PICTURES: Liz Pearce [umlaut]
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 28, 2010
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