Leanne Kyte from Platinum Performing Arts on how the Edmonton-based arts school is helping young people
Welcome to Platinum Performing Arts! We are an award-winning performing arts school, offering a wide range of dance, singing and drama classes for young people aged from three to 21 years.
We pride ourselves in exceptional standards of teaching and in-house productions. In September last year, we opened our full-time college, Platinum Academy, for ages 16 and over to study performing arts vocationally and gain a level-four diploma qualification at the end of the two-year training.
Our team of industry experts strive to develop each student’s individual strengths, talent and potential, so if you have a passion to perform then get in touch! We are currently accepting applicants for September 2021.
We are also currently running three community projects very close to our hearts; ‘Dream Believe Succeed’, ‘Power to Make a Change’ and ‘Making History’. We are so grateful to have received funding from the Community Lottery Fund and Young Londoner’s Fund to make these happen. We teach various workshops in schools and community outreach programmes using creative arts as our tools.
Workshops include photography, zumba, expressing emotion through dance, creative writing, rap, spoken word, yoga and relaxation, pottery and more. Our main focus is to give young people a platform to speak up about challenges that they are facing and help to build their confidence and ability to choose the right path for them.
We have found there is a real demand for these types of projects, especially after the hardship that so many families in our community have faced this year. We have already been able to reach out to so many people, listened to their stories, and helped support them through this time.
We are very proud to announce that following this year’s Power to Make a Change workshops, we have just released a short film which follows the journeys of four teenagers and explores the social issues and challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. The film will be shown in schools across Enfield to raise awareness of risky behaviour and what other choices can be made instead.
It was so important to us for the film to be authentic and capture the voices of the younger generation in our community, and we wouldn’t have been able to create it without the amazing input of the young people we have worked with. We can’t wait to share the film with you all and spread our message!
For more information about Platinum Performing Arts and to get in touch:
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