Many young people have really stood out in the Global Grooves story. Since our first ever workshop, we’ve cottoned on to young children and teenagers all over the UK who positively shone; dancers with some sort of fire in their eyes, a surprisingly mature sense of design style, a need to drum which is something more than just ‘having a bit of fun’.
Global Grooves have taken a number of these promising young artists under its wing, offering them work experience, allowing them to come along to school workshops to see the team ‘in action’.
Our leadership team (Holly, Leon, and Eraldo) all began their own journeys as enthusiastic teenagers in community arts settings, and so the Future Leaders programme is very close to our hearts.
When the team began offering workshops and courses under the name ‘Global Grooves’, there had been a great deal of discussion about how we could promote youth training to a higher level and really ensure that a constant rejuvination and flow of young faces would remain in the Manchester arts scene and beyond.
Having delivered two fantastic years of the programme and an additional two advanced follow-up courses, we look forward to further developing the programme over the coming months ready for meeting the next wave of young artists who will feed into this period of national change.