Breakdancing planned for Exeter's youngsters

PUBLISHED: 15:11 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

BREAKDANCING will be introduced to Exeter s Redhill School as part of the City Council's My Neighbourhood project.

BREAKDANCING will be introduced to Exeter's Redhill School as part of the City Council's My Neighbourhood project.

Youngsters in the area will be able to attend breakdancing and street dancing sessions led by Dean 'Bboy Bugz' Reeve every Thursday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm in the lead-up to Christmas.

The project is to ensure youngsters - aged nine and above, have activities available to them during winter evenings.

Dean has been breakdancing since 1999 and competing internationally since 2003.

He won the solo award at the Battle of Britain event in Derby in 2004 to become the British B-boy champion.

In 2005 he represented Great Britain in the UK B-Boy Championships and is part of the UK's top breakdancing crew, Soul Mavericks.

Breakdancing is a great way to keep fit by introducing young people to dance in an energetic and physical form.

As the sessions develop, youngsters will explore musical styles, rhythms and complete the sessions having learnt a routine to a set piece of music as well as gaining knowledge of a variety of breakdancing moves.

The My Neighbourhood scheme was set up last year by Exeter City Council to make a difference in neighbourhoods by bringing together residents, councillors, community police teams and other local agencies.

As part of the initiative £5,000 has been given to each of the four project areas - Exwick, St David's, Newtown/Polsloe and Digby, to make improvements in their community.

Funding has also been made available so that young footballers can train regularly with two coaches at West Exe pitch.

Local teenagers are also participating in the Monday league at the same venue.

If an Awards4All funding bid is successful then these sessions plus martial arts will be available at a number of Exwick venues throughout 2009.

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