Girls in Front is a free, fun and empowering dance project for girls aged 11-18 years in Croydon. It’s a chance to develop your dance skills, build confidence and make new friends. No previous dance experience is necessary, and this is a great opportunity express yourself through movement.

The project is delivered by Dance Umbrella and is part of a wider 18-month residency, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation called Access Croydon.

Access Croydon will test new approaches to broadening access to dance activity for young people within the borough of Croydon.

Dance Umbrella say they ‘fundamentally believe children and young people are audiences of today as well as tomorrow and deserve access to high calibre dance provision that engages, excites and enables new ways of seeing the world.

We want ensure children across London have access to contemporary dance regardless of their location, ethnicity or background. For the past five years we have been working with local arts centres, parks and outdoor spaces to take innovative national and international dance productions to outer London boroughs, where 64% of children and young people live, work and study.

Access Croydon aims to:

· To give more young people in Croydon opportunities to access high quality contemporary dance experiences

· To help develop and connect the dance community in Croydon

· To test ways of overcoming barriers of attendance for young people

· To build bigger audiences for contemporary dance performance in Croydon

· To offer creative development opportunities for young people’

Access Croydon has multiple strands including Girls in Front, Dance Connectors, Croydon Youth Dance Leaders and a Fairfields Halls Takeover. To find out more visit http://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/access-croydon/

Girls in Front take place on 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th April 2019 from 4.30pm until 6pm

At Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, SE25 6AB

To book contact Bethan@danceumbrella.co.uk