Thursday, October 3, 2013

Street Dance Stories from St Marys rocks St Marys Corner

This project also known as Street Krumping and Dancing was led by artist Abaker Athum and was auspiced by The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). Workshops in Hip Hop and Krump kicked off in January and ran through to June with approximately 30 young people from African backgrounds attending. An end of project showcase event was held at St Marys Corner with a total of more than 300 people directly involved in the workshops and/ or attending the final event.

STARTTS identified the benefits included:

  • A stronger sense of community through bringing together young people and families to undertake a cultural project
  • Creating an accessible arts based program for African residents in the Penrith LGA
  • Activation of St Marys with dance
  • Providing parents with an opportunity to take some time for them selves
  • Health benefits associated with the physical activity
  • Increased social networks
  • Increased self esteem and self confidence in participants.
Wow that is awesome!

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