YOUNG people have been filling in their holiday time by getting into the musical groove.
From learning to bash out a beat on a drum to being taught the latest hip-hop moves from a world champion dancer, the talents of the borough’s youngsters were put on show.
At Chuter Ede Community Centre in South Shields, 20 youngsters aged between seven and 12 took part in a three-day workshop learning how to play the drums.
The sessions were run by David Olatunji and Derek Bird from Rhythm Culture, and ended with a performance for their parents of the skills they have learned.
The youngsters performed a piece of traditional Brazilian drum rhythm.
Music teacher Mr Olatunji said: “It has been fantastic. The children have designed their own pair of drumsticks during the sessions which they have been able to take away with them.
“They have been different styles of drumming and learning a traditional Brazilian drum rhythm which they have performed in front of their parents.
“The feedback has been brilliant from both the children and the parents. It is something we are definitely looking at repeating.”
It is the first time the pair have run a workshop of this kind during the holidays, and after its success, they hope to host further workshops in the future.
The pair currently run the Drum Young Orchestra at Chuter Ede Community Centre, in Galsworthy Road, on Saturdays during term time.
Next year, they hope to create a music school – giving young people the chance to not only learn the art of playing drums, but also keyboards and one day create an iPad orchestra.
At the Charles Young Centre in Talbot Road, South Shields, a world champion street dancer was sharing her skills in the art of hip-hop with students from Fusion DanceWorks.
Belle Fisher, 15, gave dancers an insight into her career before taking them through their paces with a street-dance routine.
The teenager, who hosts dance workshops throughout the UK, has won a number of championships while representing England, and is currently both European and World Hip-Hop champion.
Belle said: “It’s been really great coming here and hosting a workshop. The dancers have been brilliant and really engaged with the workshop. It’s great to see their enthusiasm.”
The visit by Belle, who appeared on the Sky1 TV Show Got To Dance and became the only female street dance solo act to reach the live semi-finals, was organised by dance teacher Natalie Cummings. Mrs Cummings said: “I’ve been really impressed with the workshop and my dancers, as some of them have only been with me for a matter of weeks, but they picked up the routine really well.
“I am looking to bringing in more people in the future. I think it’s good for the dancers to work with other artists, as it’s good for their creativity.”
For more information on music sessions and the drumming school based at Chuter Ede Community Centre contact Lynn Freer on 426 8103. Dance classes at Fusion DanceWorks in the art of hip-hop, house, breaking and locking are held on Mondays from 4.45pm to 5.45pm for those aged six and over; Thursdays 4.30pm to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 10.30am for those aged three to eight years; Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm for those aged six years and over.