Exmouth students get a flava for dance

STUDENTS at Exmouth Community College got a flava for dance last week. Flava, a hip hop dance group who made the semi finals of ITV s Britain s Got Talent in 2008, led a two day mentoring workshop designed to develop youngsters confidence. Becca Gowers,

STUDENTS at Exmouth Community College got a flava for dance last week.

Flava, a hip hop dance group who made the semi finals of ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2008, led a two day mentoring workshop designed to develop youngsters' confidence.

Becca Gowers, from the group, said: "What we've been trying to do is instil in the mindset of the pupils, if you've got the self confidence and respect then the world is your oyster."

Flava have been working at a number of schools, youth clubs and colleges, joining forces with the police and local authorities, to deliver educational messages regarding anti social behaviour through the medium of dance.


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Becca added: "We have been teaching all kinds of dance styles and going over different areas of anti social behaviour.

"It has been amazing working at the (Exmouth Community) college.

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"As much as we love performing and, as close as dance is to our hearts, working with the youngsters has been great. They have enjoyed it so much."

Becca said the group's success in Britain's Got Talent had been extremely beneficial for them.

"We now have the national recognition and it has given us the opportunity to do projects like this."

More than 100 people, which included parents and college staff, attended a special show on the final day of the workshop, when children joined Flava in performing to the audience.

Judy Shankster-Jones, head of drama at the school, said: "The two-day workshop is a memory that will stay with the children for life.

"Your could see their confidence grow over the two days and they performed so well in front of an audience."

Gerry Moore, a community safety officer, said: "Exmouth is a large town and this initiative is a very good way of helping us to achieve further reductions (in anti social behaviour).

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