Cash boost for Sheffield dance company

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SHEFFIELD’S Hype Dance company has been awarded £25,000 of Arts Council funding to develop young dancers and dance projects across the region.

More than 250 young people and adults already take part in weekly open community classes at the Hype Academy dance studios in Earl Street.

Now the funding will support an 18-month South Yorkshire-wide professional development initiative led by a new partnership between Hype and Spin Arts Management, a development and producing organisation for artists to develop their own careers and projects.

“We already provide extensive regional and national education and outreach work,” said Hype director Anna Olejnicki.

“Now, though, we can now further extend learning work to include a programme of training and professional opportunities to nurture, support and further develop the skills of emerging artists, practitioners and talented young people.

“This is a major piece of funding and one that will help us take more dance out to where it belongs and where it can have the greatest impact. We have always known dance is for everybody, regardless of age, talent or experience.”