City youngsters ready for Dance Factor final

Dozens of young people from across Lincoln will get their dancing shoes on for the final of Dance Factor 5 on December 10 at the New Life Church.

The competition started in October and saw groups of young people from across the city rehearse dance routines in preparation for the live contest, where only one group can be declared the winner.

Bryan Steel, an athlete with two Olympic medals and 14 World Championships under his belt, will help the city youngsters celebrate at the final.

The event starts at 7pm on Saturday and tickets are priced at £3. Last year, more than 200 young people took part in the final.

Dance Factor was set up with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour and increasing healthy activity amongst young people.

Figures from previous Dance Factor schemes show reported incidents of anti-social behaviour decreased by 33% overall across Lincoln and by as much as 60% in specific areas while the programme was running.

This year, the City of Lincoln Council was allocated £5,465 for the event through a national Sport England programme called Sportivate. Part of the funding also comes from sporting charity Active Nation.

City Councillor Donald Nannestad wished good luck to the teams participating in the Dance Factor final this weekend.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the Dance Factor final, as I know the young people have been working very hard throughout the competition,” he said.

Lucy Blakey from Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said Sportivate provides a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport.

“It provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire,” she said.

“Dance Factor is a great opportunity to promote an activity that both male and female can take part in together in a welcoming environment that appeals to everyone.”

Source: City of Lincoln Council