Meet Gemma

“Dance was always a big part of my early life. I started doing classes from the age of three. At home, we’d put on shows and dance around our living room, copying music videos and trying to do Riverdance routines. My hobby turned into my profession and now I’m a freelance dance artist. I teach and specialise in community dancing. I get to work with young people and children from different backgrounds. I feel it’s important to show positivity and for young people to have role models. There’s a lot of anxiety around so it helps them escape; use their brains in a different way and be creative. 

I met Pareesha about eight years ago. We were together in a dance crew and found we had similar interests in afro and dancehall.  It’s happy music and it’s about feeling the rhythms and where the music originates from in Africa and the Caribbean. We both have a love for those styles. I started going to her classes; it’s great energy and fun. The classes appeal to a wide range of people – different age groups and background. It’s a nice community.”

 

VYBZ is a Leeds based Dance Company. With support from Leeds Community Foundation, they were able to deliver the ‘Power of Urban Dance’ project, which uses the art of dance to tackle mental health constraints and issues that affects our wellbeing.