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Chance to Dance

Now recognised as a not-for-profit organisation, Urban Dance Centre offers opportunities for students of varying abilities and backgrounds. As part of its outreach program and alliance with South Sydney Youth Services, co-directors Julie Williamson and Juliette Verne have created a program titled ‘Chance to Dance’ where 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 reports this media release from Urban Dance Centre on 23 October 2009.

Ms Williamson is passionate about 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,” Ms Williamson said. 

With the program now supporting fifteen students, UDC hopes to one day take one or two students through a full-time Certificate IV in Performing Arts Course on scholarship and eventually into 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 Julie Williamson at