Sheffield’s budding pop stars take to dance floor

Youngsters perform in Shiregreen.
Youngsters perform in Shiregreen.

Budding pop stars in Shiregreen are getting the chance to produce their own music videos as part of a scheme to encourage youngsters to pull on their dancing shoes.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools is holding free dance and pop video sessions through the Energise Shiregreen programme, funded by Sanctuary Housing.

Wanna-be Rihannas and Justin Biebers, aged between nine and 15, can learn a dance routine and lyrics before putting everything together to produce their own music video.

The hour-long weekly sessions take place at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre, in Westnall Road, on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm until the end of February, with a break for Christmas.

Melanie King, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, said: “Energise Shiregreen is all about encouraging people to get active, improve their fitness and realise that exercising can be fun. As well as the health benefits of activities such as these sessions, they will provide residents with the opportunity to engage with others from the local community in a positive environment and fulfil some dreams of starring in their own music video.”

Energise Shiregreen forms part of Sanctuary’s nationwide Love Sport programme, a partnership with Sport England, which aims to engage more than 2,250 people in sport and fitness activities in neighbourhoods across the country.

Sanctuary’s investment in the five-year programme has been match-funded by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sport and activity sessions. Anyone interested in taking part in the dance sessions should call 0300 123 3511.