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Getting young people moving

Getting young people moving

Published at 9:11am 9th April 2019.

New group aims to get Harrogate's young people moving

  • A group aimed at getting young people across the Harrogate district moving is launching this week.
  • The Harrogate Youth Dance company has been funded by the Arts Council and wants to encourage people to get active through dance.
  • Those aged between 9 and 18-years-old can take part.
  • The group is offering taster sessions to anyone interested.

Getting young people active is the aim of a new Harrogate based group, which is being launching this week.

The Harrogate Youth Dance company encourages 9 to 18-year-olds to get moving through dance.

It's been set up by Arts Council funding and covers six areas of North Yorkshire.

This project - supported by Rural Steps - brings young people together to work with professional dance artists and choreographers to create fresh, original dance work.

It's been set up by Ruth Johnson and Katie Hewitson - who have both had careers in performing and teaching dance.

Youth - April 2019
From left to right: Ruth Johnson and Katie Hewitson

Ruth has told Stray FM:

"There are proven results that dance has a positive impact on mental and physical health. I love the real joy of movement and that's something I want to pass on.

"Dance is for everyone. It isn't just for those who are trained or already involved in the dance industry - it is for anyone and everyone. Dance should be accessible to all. And that is why we have launched the Harrogate Youth Dance company."

Katie added:

"It's an amazing project to be able to give everyone a chance to try dance and movement a go. There will be loads of games and creative work to get involved with. It's about imagination, movement and dance - but at the end of the day having fun and meeting new people."

The Harrogate Youth Dance company is offering three, free taster sessions to anyone who would like to go along and try out dance.

These are taking place at the St Wilfrid's Parish Church Hall, Duchy Road in Harrogate.

The sessions are being held on every Thursday throughout April (11, 18 and 25 April) - all starting at 4.15pm - 5.30pm.

To register, emailed harrogateyouthdance@gmail.com.

For more information, please visit the Harrogate Youth Dance company on Facebook.