‘Dance really formed me into the person I am now. Everything I have learned is through dance - my confidence, my strength and my ability to socialise with others.’
Confident that dance has had a positive impact on his life, Kyle Richardson wants other young people to follow in his footsteps and take up the activity.
His story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (W) on Friday 7th August..
‘As a teenager, I was the class clown,’ explains 25-year-old Kyle from Penzance.
‘I enjoyed school but I was quite unconfident, especially in friendship groups.
‘For someone who has no direction in life, dance can really help.
‘It’s great for the structure and the routine that it gives you.’
Kyle and his team are currently holding dance workshops in schools.
With Fixers, they want to help create a website, so that young people can discuss their performances afterwards and remain inspired.
‘What we’d like to achieve with this Fixers project is to see a young person change their outcome in life,’ Kyle says.
‘It could be bringing them out of a bad environment and into a better one. It’s about seeing that change from what they used to be into what they can become.’
Sally Trevithick, Targeted Youth Worker for Cornwall Council, also appears in the broadcast in support of Kyle and his team’s campaign.
‘I think a lot of young people in Cornwall are rurally isolated and don’t get a chance to engage in these positive activities,’ she comments.
‘Not only can they learn new dance skills, have fun, and keep fit, but they’re provided with a safe space.
‘They can learn how to maintain relationships with peers and develop self-esteem and confidence.’
Kyle adds: ‘You don’t have to be from London or from a big city to get opportunities and be successful. You can do that just as easily in Cornwall.
‘We want to give opportunities to our local community as well.’
You can watch Kyle’s TV film here at the top of this page.
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