Dance club

Blackpool woman launches street dancing club to improve children’s mental wellbeing

This autumn, young breakdance and hip hop enthusiasts will speak at a dance school in Lancashire.

Kirkham-based Euphoria Dance and Therapy Ltd launched its first-ever street dance classes in September.

And the very popular style appeals to boys and girls alike, says Lydia Dickinson, one of the studio’s four directors.

This could be because unlike the glitz and rigor that goes with styles like Latin and ballroom dancing, street dancing is more expressive and less regimented, she says.

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And this explains his huge popularity at the dance studio, which was established in 2019.

Lydia said: “We wanted to access different dance styles, so we had street dance initiation sessions. The kids loved it. They were absolutely buzzing. The children’s confidence was amazing.

“With street dancing it’s not as structured, and they can express themselves however they feel comfortable, whereas with Latin and ballroom there are a lot of techniques and styles. With street dancing you completely relax,” she said.

Encompassing in its culture, street dancing is completely inclusive and accessible to people of all abilities.

Lydia added: “Some kids have been dancing since they were little and doing Latin and ballroom, but the ones who just joined us got it really well. “

Based on Kirkham’s high street, the company bought a studio at the height of lockdown and has seen its popularity rise since street dancing lessons began.

And one of the biggest sources of interest comes from boys.

“The interest from the boys is huge,” says Lydia, who lives in Blackpool. “Once we proposed street dancing, we got message after message saying, can we come, my son wants to do it.”

All teachers at the school are fully qualified teachers and between them offer 150 years of experience.

Lydia, 25, had dreamed of a career in musical theater after studying musical theater at university – but realized teaching dance was her heart.

“I had set my sights on musical theatre, but realized that teaching was my passion,” she says.

And enrollment has almost doubled, from 55 to more than 100, despite the pandemic during which the school held online sessions.

“From a hobby with a small number of children, it is now a way of life. It’s what I do and it’s my passion.
One of the main benefits of street dancing is mental well-being, she points out, adding, “One of our main goals is mental well-being, to get down and have this moment, and laugh. The main thing is to come, meet people and have fun.

Classes are held weekly for children over the age of seven, on Mondays at 5.30pm at the dance studio during school terms, and you can just pay as you go.

To book online, click here.

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