Dancing for tragic Tanzanian orphans

Carly-Ann Purcell lives in Southsea and has been teaching dance for 14 years. She runs Most Wanted Street Dance School and Neptune Dance Fitness.

Friday, 14th October 2016, 6:06 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 2:43 pm
Most Wanted dance group will be performing at Kings Church, Southsea, tomorrow.

WHEN Most Wanted Street Dance School started in 2007, the vision was always to use it as a platform for positive change.

With a passion for dance and for providing accessible creative opportunities, I knew I wanted to use creative expression as a medium to connect people, to start a conversation, and to challenge and change social perceptions.

If we can empower our younger generations to inspire others and make a positive change in their own lives and in the lives of others, it’s very exciting to imagine what could be possible.

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We are enthusiastic about our collaborations with organisations that are on similar missions, such as Dance Africa, a creative outreach project for Zambian street kids, and Pamodzi, a physical theatre production, addressing the refugee crisis, which were both founded by Roni Cheeseman.

So, what’s next? A friend recently told me about their aunt’s orphanage in Bukoba, Tanzania, which was devastated in an earthquake.

Fortunately, the children were at school when the earthquake hit, but they are now living in tents with little to no funding to help rebuild their home.

In light of this, Most Wanted will be hosting a family fun day fundraiser tomorrow with special guests.

All profits will go towards the Bukoba orphanage.

It is humbling and exciting to see how much the community has already pulled together in the lead up to our fun day.

So many local independent businesses have donated prizes to our raffle.

Performers from Most Wanted, Streetforce DC, JoJo’s Street Dance, Southzone and University of Portsmouth Cheerleading Club have offered to do demonstrations and free workshops.

Dance dad and total legend, Rik Buck has volunteered to have his legs and chest waxed to raise funds… ouch!

Lots more will be going on too – definitely worth checking out.

As well as supporting the restoration of the Bukoba orphanage, these projects are providing excellent performance outlets for our up-and-coming artists.

The Most Wanted Street Dance Show will be a wonderful platform for our performers and an opportunity for the community to come together again, celebrate local talent and be thoroughly entertained.

Join us at tomorrow at Kings Church, Somers Road, and or get tickets to our show at New Theatre Royal on October 25 at mostwanteddance.co.uk.