MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Moonee Valley Youth Services: Step Off dance competition – Thursday, 10 June 2010

Posted on 18. Jun, 2010 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — On Saturday, 11 April, I attended an event called Step Off. Step Off is a youth hip‑hop dance competition run by Moonee Valley Youth Services in conjunction with the Brimbank City Council, funded and sponsored by the FReeZA program of the Office for Youth. Through the local youth‑led FReeZA committee a large number of volunteers organised and staffed the hugely successful event. The event hosted over 150 young dancers from 32 dance crews who performed to a sold‑out crowd of over 1400 people. The event was a drug, alcohol and smoke‑free event and was instrumental in providing youth with a forum to express their creativity, positivity and love for dance.

The event was a highly entertaining night, and I was amazed to experience the passion and dedication amongst everybody in the hall, including all the dancers, the parents, the organisers, the sponsors and even the special guest judge, Jason Coleman from So You Think You Can Dance.

I would like to congratulate FReeZA, Moonee Valley Youth Services and Brimbank City Council for running a fantastic show and fulfilling their aim of supporting and empowering our youth by providing a platform for them to lead the planning and staging of music, artistic and cultural events. This is a living example of our youth being capable of having a great time without drug and alcohol‑induced violence, thanks to funding from the Brumby Labor government.

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