Community group brings together dancers from city

Have your say

A COMMUNITY dance group raised more than £1,000 and brought schools across the city together.

The Movement Initiative is a community interest company set up by Gareth Smith and his wife Rebecca last year, which aims to make dance-related activities available to the wider community.

The group is split into the academy, which offers training for six to 32-year-olds, and other projects, such as afternoon tea dances for senior citizens and others in the community.

Gareth, a firefighter at Southsea fire station, said: ‘For the last six or so years I have run a street dance class on a volunteering basis called Second to None.

‘My wife and I thought “why don’t we see if we can get more people involved and create some performance opportunities”.’

The Movement Initiative was then set up by the couple along with the help of dance teacher Tega Alex.

The group held a dance show at the King’s Theatre in Southsea to raise money for future dance projects where the initiative’s own academy acts performed alongside other schools.

Gareth added: ‘It was brilliant. We had 248 dancers involved and managed to raise £1,338. We saw it as a celebration of dance in Portsmouth.’

Other groups that performed on the night included Sasha Shadid, Micheal Silk, Just Street, Phoenix School of Dance, Dynamic dance company, Centre Stage School of Theatre Arts, Southsea School of Dance, Tiger Tone, Purbrook Park School, Cartel, Oliver Engele, Belle fisher, and #PPL.

The Movement Initiative will soon be opening a new studio in Milton Road.

More information on the group can be found at