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Our company alumni feature on BBC News
We’re delighted to hear that two of our Inclusive Company alumni have been featured on BBC News. Jhonattan and Zack, both pupils at the Vale school in Haringey are part of a school’s music band called Backdrop (you might remember them from their performance at our birthday celebration at Step LIVE! 2017). After doing some research on World War I, the group wrote a song titled ‘My Mate George’: the story of a soldier from North London who died in a battle in Belgium. The song has also been adapted into a dance, drama and musical show choreographed by our teacher Jo Meredith and performed in Ypres and Ostend (Belgium).
Watch the BBC News video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-40745503/students-make-a-song-in-memory-of-a-world-war-i-soldier
Great news from our former pupil
Our teacher Roxy Bryant has received some great news: one of her past pupils contacted her to tell her how much the Step into Dance classes helped turn her life around. Autumn Sharif attended Roxy's classes at Newhaven School PRU a few years ago. These sessions had a positive impact on Autumn’s behavior and helped her improve her confidence and belief in her special talent: singing. Autumn has since appeared on BBC One's The Voice and is now working on her first her first EP which will be released soon.
We are delighted to hear our classes make a positive contribution to our student's lives. Roxy is one of our long-standing teachers and her hard work continues to pay off. We’re very proud of her.
Watch Autumn Sharif singing ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ live:
Ex-company member swings into singing career
We love to see our dancers following their dreams and reaching for the stars! Jhonattan Goncalves is part of The Disfunkshunalz, a band whose aim is to enable young disabled people to perform and create inspirational music. He was an inclusive company member last year and had been a dancer on the programme at the Vale School. Jhonattan sings and features in a beautiful video clip for the band’s new song: Mainstream Girl. Our relationship with the Vale School has been wonderful: our teacher Jo Meredith has done fantastic work there and Richard Tharp, our school representative, is very supportive of the Step into Dance programme.
Watch the Mainstream Girl video clip from The Disfunkshunalz here:
Step into Dance work with over 6,000 young people a year and we have started to track where previous members go onto after their time on the programme. Most recently the programme heard from ex-Youth Company member and Priory School student, Emma Williams.
Emma joined the Youth Companies in 2012 as part of the Street Company and then the Jazz Company up until July 2015. Emma is now studying Musical Theatre at Millennium Performing Arts. She says that being a part of the Youth Companies was what made her want to become a professional dancer. Emma says her time at Step into Dance was inspiring, being taught by a range of teachers and being exposed to various styles. She says, “without the classes I don’t think that I would be going into the career that I am.”
Keep up-to-date with alumni news to see what you can aspire to with the programme.
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Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou