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Chance to Dance

Now recognised as a not-for-profit organisation, Urban Dance Centre in Glebe offers opportunities for students of varying abilities and backgrounds reports Kristy Johnson in the South Sydney Herald in October 2009.

As part of their outreach program and alliance with South Sydney Youth Services, Co-Directors of the institution, Julie Williamson and Juliette Verne, have created a program called Chance to Dance whereby students from low socio-economic backgrounds in the Redfern area are invited into the UDC family. Each Wednesday students are led through Hip Hop inspired routines by resident teacher Michael “Sisqo” Francisco.

Co-Director Julie Williamson is passionate towards using her profile and experience in the dance industry to give back to the local community. “UDC offers classes to such a variety of demographics from young children to professional dancers that we wanted to offer a class to youth who might want to experience dance but due to circumstances would not have the opportunity.”

With the program now supporting 15 students, UDC hopes to one day take one or two students through their full-time Certificate IV in Performing Arts Course on scholarship and on to a career in dance. Students have performed at the Family Culture Day in Redfern and on the Barefoot Rugby League Show.

Any company or individual who would like to become involved in the outreach program will receive such satisfaction for their contribution, and may contact Co-Director Julie Williamson at .

Photo: UDC students perform on the Barefoot Rugby League program