Dance, Theatre and Leadership
G-Expressions was established in 2010. We have a mission to support young people aged 10-25 through dance, theatre, and leadership activities, whilst offering them an open access ‘safe dance space’. Young people have been able to position themselves confidently in team-building and skills development processes whilst having fun in a creative and innovative environment.
We engage young people where they are, through high energy inclusive dance and theatre sessions. This
is in direct space for young people to be involved and engaged in rewarding, creative and healthy activity.
We develop young people’s talent and confidence through our annual theatre and dance productions
on a professional stage. This builds young people’s self-esteem and present a connected positive representation of the younger generation to the general public.
We give young people the opportunity to take a lead by gaining the Sports Leaders UK qualification in
Dance all the way up to Level 3. This enables young people to give back by leading their peers and setting up their own dance classes in their communities, engaging future generations in positive activities.
To date, G-Expressions have run five community productions, Romeo and Juliet from the Streets which took place in January 2014, Make or Break (2015), Sisters Acting Up (2017) and Hard Knock Life (2018) and recently an original musical production Urban School of Arts in 2023!
YOUNG PEOPLE’S TESTIMONIES
“My confidence has grown massively”//
“I’ve now learnt to never let anything or any disability hold me back from doing anything I want or love to do in life.”//
“There’s a family feel to the company”//
“It’s the best thing I’ve done, becoming part of the team”//
“You’ve inspired me to go into the theatre world and I never thought I could do this at my age”//
As a result of our work, young people’s talent is recognised within the community. They are better able to work together, they understand their options and they have more opportunities to live a successful, enriching life. We don’t lay claim to our young people and their achievements. We believe the more experiences you have in life, the better.
Over the years, working alongside our sister organisation, Urban Circle Newport, we developed and up-skilled ourselves further, intending to promote and increase public interest in dance and to support young people to gain an understanding of, and practice in, the art of dance. We continue to nurture opportunities for young people to learn responsibility through purposeful activity
Throughout this time period, over 80 young people have gained nationally recognised qualifications in Dance
Leadership and Sports Leadership. G-Expressions gives young people a voice, skills and progression routes to ensure they can engage with the world and have a brighter future.