This March Streetz Ahead hosted 15 students from Heartlands High school every day for a week of work experience in the Performing Arts. They experienced street dance, theatre, film making and spoken word at the Bruce Grove Youth Centre. They were also visited by professionals in the Performing Arts World.
The students also went to a professional recording studio at the Chocolate Factory where they wrote and recorded their own song.
On the last day they performed to an audience a 20 minute piece called ‘Choices’ where they brought together all the art forms they had learnt in the week.
“I would like to personally thank you for giving me and the others this amazing experience to work with you. This week has been very fun, educational, and has encouraged me to be more confident, creating stronger bonds with my friends and classmates. I’m also thankful for how open-minded everyone was, and how the criticism was thoughtful and positive. It would be very difficult to pick a favourite day as all of them were equally as important to me: the poetry with Abe has taught me that words can have a powerful affect on someone depending on how they are said, the dancing with Wade has built up my courage to try something new, I’ve sort of always disliked dance until now, now i like it. The games we all played with you and Sherona such as musical bumps/statues or the racing group games were quite helpful in terms of helping me feel less nervous. In all honesty, I’m going to miss working with the staff, you all have opened many more pathways in my life and I’m grateful for that. I’ll be sure to keep in contact for the future.”
Short films by the students about choices: