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Kenrick Sandy announced as patron of Step Into Dance ahead of Street Dance Battle.

13 Jan 2017

Photography: Alicia Clarke.

Acclaimed choreographer and dancer Kenrick Sandy was announced on 4th January 2007 as the new Patron of Step into Dance. Step into Dance is the UK’s largest fully inclusive secondary school dance programme, which provides extra-curricular classes and performance opportunities to 200 mainstream and SEN schools per year across London and Essex. The programme is a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Kenrick Sandy, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment (Associate Artist at The Barbican Centre), is one of the most celebrated creative directors, choreographers and performers in the UK urban, commercial and theatre scenes. He was also awarded an MBE for his services to dance and the community in this year’s Honours list.

 Sue Goodman, Step into Dance programme and artistic director is very excited about this news. She says: “We feel very privileged to have Kenrick on board as our patron. His inspirational work with young people covering many street dance genres is something we hope to emulate. With Kenrick as role model and supporter, the sky is the limit!”

His appointment comes just days before one of Step into Dance’s key events, Step into Battle. On Saturday 14 January, young b-boys, b-girls, and hiphop dancers of all styles will take over Stratford Circus for an impressive street dance display in 2 on 2 breaking and crew battles for the chance to be named Best Dancer, Most Improved Dancer or have the Best Throwdown award. The event will feature a live DJ, MC and top judges from the UK street dance scene.

Step into Battle is an annual event where the young street dancers involved in the programme come together to share their skills and battle it out in front of an audience. The crews are trained by some of the best dancers in the country, including members of five-time UK b-boy champions Soul Mavericks. This year over 10 school groups will be entering the battles.

For further information please visit Step into Dance.