A passionate dancer, who feels young people do not have enough opportunities to follow a career in the arts, is creating a website to help youth find the right training.
Lexi Maize (25), from Greenwich, has been dancing throughout his life and is now a trained dancing instructor and choreographer.
But he feels that many young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are not informed about the opportunities available to them in the arts.
To combat this, Lexi is using a website – which is currently under construction – to empower young people to take advantage of dance and arts workshops.
‘There are a lot of young people interested in dance and the arts, but they have no awareness of where to look for training,’ says Lexi.
‘It’s not right because breaking into the industry can be tough, but this lack of information makes it even tougher.
‘With this website, I hope young people will be encouraged to gain experience in the arts, access appropriate training, and help them seek employment in the areas they love.’
In the current economic climate, funding for the arts across the UK have been cut - one report claims the Arts Council made £40m of cuts to arts groups across England in 2012-13.
‘It is a shame that the arts can be difficult to break into,’ says Lexi, ‘because there are a lot of young people who want to take part in live arts.
‘This website will not only allow young people to find the right training for them in their area, but will give them guidance and allow them to unleash their talent.’