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Buzz Dance becomes a community interest company

A note from Emma…

We’ve been working on something exciting at Buzz over the last year and I wanted to share our news.

I’m going to start with a little bit of background - I started dancing at the of age 7 and from day one it was my life. As a little girl, it was my space to be me and express myself, I guess I didn’t grow up as it still is. Early in my career, I decided I loved to teach, and passing on my love of dance was my passion. I’ve been lucky to be involved in so many amazing projects - the development of dance in schools, developing and teaching dance courses for adults with learning disabilities, developing a project that connects children with disabilities to mainstream dance activities, teaching on BTEC and degree courses, choreographing large scale mass events, choreographing shows and pantomimes, working on the North East Youth Dance England Strategy Team and I’ve had the privilege of helping so many young people go on to be professional dancers and performers. This variety of work in dance and the arts is what has influenced my teaching practice and what has shaped what Buzz is today.

After all these years teaching (28 years I think!) this passion for dance and the arts has only got stronger. I love to see what taking part in dance can do for people, dance can really bring about change. Apart from the obvious fitness benefits it helps people in so many ways. This led us to look at how we could make Buzz better. How could we get more people to dance, and how could we get more people to benefit from taking part in dance and the arts?

This is where our exciting news comes in as we look to the future of Buzz…..

We have now become a Community Interest Company. For those who don’t know what this means it means we are a company that exists to benefit our community. Alongside the work we already do with almost 300 children and young people on a weekly basis this will allow us to reach more. We will have the opportunity to apply for funding to give access to dance and the arts to people who find it hard to access us. The opportunity to offer more to our existing community aiming to offer the best training in the North East. We have the opportunity to make a bigger difference and build Buzz into a larger part of the Birtley community and also region-wide. We aim to build a legacy.

We know our Buzz community will be as excited for us as we are. Let’s make a difference!

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