Shane Gentles joined our Youth Service three months ago and took part in our free dance sessions that we offer at YMCA Walthamstow for young people in the borough. Earlier this month, he had the opportunity to submit an application to East London Dance on their Fi.ELD programme. This is a programme that supports young people aged between 16 and 25 to innovate with dance and develop their careers.
Shane has proudly gained a position after a successful and gruelling day-long interview. The Fi.ELD programme is designed and facilitated by a team of top industry professionals. Under their guidance and mentorship, Shane will gain in-depth knowledge during the monthly Know-How sessions and have the opportunity to design, develop and deliver his own project. He can take part in a weekly studio programme at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, learn the all-important skills of technical production, pitch his ideas to the programme directors in true Dragon Den style and gain experience working with budgets.
We are extremely proud to witness Shane’s enthusiasm and excitement for this opportunity. His commitment to engage with this project has to be applauded, considering how opportunities like this don’t come along often and in the past Shane may have lacked the confidence or funds to pursue them – after all, we know it can be quite costly to develop within the arts fields.
Since hearing the fantastic news, Shane said, “I’m really excited to take part in the Fi.ELD as it is the opportunity I needed to really step up my career as a professional dancer. It will help me get the skills and understanding on how I can make a career in dance successful.”
We are looking forward to seeing Shane perform in the future and how he will inspire other young dancers that come through our doors.