Youth Steering Group – Rebecca’s Blog

Hiya, welcome back to the DU Dance (NI) steering group blog! I’m a part of the company’s youth engagement project Alternative Energies and have been for six years. Within these six years I have been given so many amazing opportunities that helped me grow as a dancer as well as a person.

Every year we get multiple chances a year to perform, from the yearly Unanimous platform that gives dancers from all over the country the chance to showcase their work to other events and DU Dance projects like Fallen, BelFest and culture night where we get to show what we’ve been working on as well as meet people from different cultures and backgrounds that we normally wouldn’t have met.

Over a year ago I was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Alternatives which is the younger group. Helping with the little ones has taught me independence and responsibility and its been a lot of fun and very rewarding to work with them.

I was also given the opportunity to join the steering group four years ago. In the steering group we give feedback and suggest ideas for the company and events that we think would be beneficial for the groups. Being in the steering group has improved my confidence in meeting new people, voicing my opinions and public speaking which are now such important skills in other aspects of my life. From the steering group I was then given the opportunity to be youth ambassador for DU Dance (NI) earlier in the year where I am excited to be more involved in the company.

I have been given other opportunities such as Alternative Energies ‘Not Alone’ film where I got experience with filming, but we also got to discuss topical subjects in our lives, in this case it was bullying and inclusivity.

Over these six years I have really grown into the person I am today, thanks to all of these opportunities; I’ve had a lot of fun along the way and I hope to be involved with the company for a long time.

– Rebecca, DU Dance (NI) Young Ambassador