Leicester youth dance group wins national award

Original Step Performers named Project of the Year at the National Street Games Awards

Last week, Original Step Performers (OSP), a youth dance group based in the new Creative Dance and Creative Arts Academy, located on Darker Street, Leicester, won the award for Project of the Year 2017 during the National Street Games Awards. The awards, which took place on the 5th April at Warwickshire University, serve to highlight the excellent work being carried out by projects across the UK. Award winning project: “OSP – Leicester Us Girls” encourages young girls to get involved in exercise in a fun and positive way, by undertaking multi-sports activities each week to influence different dance routines. This gets them involved in sports but also encourages them to creatively dance and build their confidence and become young leaders, as well as open doors for future employment. Farida Kavde, Founder of Creative Dance and Creative Arts Academy and OSP, comments: “To win Project of the Year, a national award, is a massive achievement driven by the dedication and enthusiasm of the young people involved, surpassing all our expectations. I still can’t believe it, we are all humbled by the response and thankful to everyone who has supported this project. Long may that continue.” OSP was originally set up Farida and her sister Nazmin in 2002 at the St Marks basketball courts, with the aim of doing something productive and positive rather than be stereotyped and judged like many young people in the community. Farida continued to teach these children and young people in different studios around Leicester city centre. Over the years it grew and after years in the making, Farida officially opened the doors to the Creative Dance and Creative Arts Academy in late 2016. The dance studio, which is open to anyone who is willing to make a positive change in the community, now houses classes for children of all ages on a weekly basis, as well as other activities including exercise and fitness classes which are affordable and accessible to all. To find out more about the Creative Dance and Creative Arts Academy, please visit the website: http://www.cdca.academy