Isle’s Street Beat’s success story goes on

Members of Street Beat Dance Academy.
Members of Street Beat Dance Academy.

Street Beat dancers from Epworth have been selected to dance in a prestigious show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The troupe is among nine selected from hundreds across the north of England to feature in Fresh - a celebration of youth dance.

Street Beat owner Kim Oakley, 33, said: “We have applied for this honour over several years so it’s exciting to finally get in. Auditions took place at the end of last year.

“It’s a contemporary dance event that takes place on April 5 and it can yield many further opportunities including the chance to get in the final of what is, effectively, a competition. It is run by the Yorkshire Dance Centre and Youth Dance England.”

It’s not the only success for the Isle-based dance school in recent weeks. They have also been invited to be part of the Breakin’ Convention Tour 2014 that involves dancers from all over the world.

The tour begins in Sadler’s Wells, London, and covers the country, this year stopping off at Cast in Doncaster on May 10.

And the troupe has further top dates in that it will headline at the South Yorkshire Youth Dance platform in Rotherham, and the Youth Dance platform in Grimsby this year.

There is yet another exciting development for Street Beat; it has just branched out with another arm in the form of a professional production company.

KO Productions hopes to give young people a progression route to the professional dance world and Kim is keen to take on local young talent from the Isle and Doncaster areas.

First auditions take place on Saturday at the Cast Theatre, Waterdale.

Kim said: “We’ll be looking for all kinds of entertainers for all kinds of work, including dancers, singers and models. Anyone who is interested and is over 16 years old can just turn up to audition at the appropriate times, with their CV. It will mainly be for paid work but we will train people up where necessary too.”

Auditions are from 10.30am to 12.30pm for cabaret, 12.30 to 2.30pm for urban dance, 2.30 to 3.15pm for singers, and 3.15 to 4pm for models.

Street Beat sessions take place regularly at Epworth, Thurlow, Belton Pavilion and Doncaster Dome on Saturdays.

Former criminal defence solicitor Kim danced professionally before returning to the Isle five years ago to pursue her dream.

She hopes to buy a studio soon in which to base her ever expanding company.

“Many of my gifted and talented students now work for me, and we do community classes, working with the police to combat anti-social behaviour,” added Kim.