Dance Dance Dance: Elevate the Streets 2019 (Preview)
A brand new dance jam aiming to spread awareness of hip-hop and its positive impact on society arrives this September. Titled Elevate the Streets, the one day only event will take place at Golden Mile Tower Carpark Space, and dance showcases to spread the power of dance, after months of work.
Since March 2019, the team of seasoned youth breakdancers formed close partnerships with registered Social Service Organizations – Bethesda Care Services and Trybe Ltd. Through their in-depth collaboration with social workers, the Elevate the Streets initiative has successfully co-designed and conducted workshops that use dance and graffiti to engage with identified cases of youths-at-risk (YARs).
By attaching several volunteer dancers to each session, this programme offers a space to develop meaningful relationships with the youths through individualised care and attention. With this dance jam, the event marks the public launch of this pilot initiative, and hopes to be an exciting platform to spread the word and recruit more dancer-volunteers. The event is open to all members of the public, and will feature dance competitions, live graffiti, and a clothes donation booth in collaboration with Project Kapayapaan, a hip-hop organization based in the Philippines.
Powered by the NYC Young Changemakers Grant, and leading hip-hop dance school Recognize Studios is supporting the initiative by sponsoring professional dance classes as event prizes and gifts of encouragement for all participating YARs. Says Yuvan Mohan, Chief Curator at NYC Young Changemakers: “We supported ETS for its unique ability to utilise dance and the arts as not only as a medium for expression but also a tool for empowerment.”
Says Jeslyn Koh, Senior Social Worker at Bethesda Care Services: “We have been so encouraged by the energy and commitment that the team has shown, from the volunteer training to facilitating the outing and weekly programmes. It is very evident to us that our youths have grown from this initiative.”