Dance Factor Lincolnshire battles for £50k funding

The community-led Dance Factor Lincolnshire project has been shortlisted against five other groups for £50,000 worth of lottery funding.

The funding, from ITV’s The People’s Millions TV Competition, will be allocated to the group with the most public votes.

Dance Factor, which is a partnership project led by community group Inspire Dance, will make a bid for people to vote by phone to decide who wins the funding.

The number to call to vote will be revealed on Monday, November 24 on the ITV South Yorkshire evening news.

The campaign will then continue to encourage people to vote from the website.

Project partners are artsNK, Transported, City of Lincoln Council, Boston Borough Council, South Holland District Council, North Kesteven District Council, North Hykeham Town Council, Positive Futures, Sportivate, Leisure in the Community, and 1Life.

The project takes dance into local communities providing 11-18-year-olds with free evening street dance sessions which culminate in a Grand Final showcase event.

The competition, which has previously seen dance groups from across the county battle it out for the Dace Factor title, will engage 750 young people in dance from across seven districts in Lincolnshire.

A crowdfunding page has also been launched by the group in order to source promotional outlets, hire facilities and arrange professional dance workshops.

Alice Carter, committee member of Inspire Dance said: “Dance Factor gives young people the opportunity to access dance on their doorstep.

“Sessions are held in locations where young people may live in deprivation, with high instances of anti-social behaviour; or where young people face isolation and potential loneliness.

“The funding will therefore enable young people to engage in a positive activity, get active, make new friends, and take pride in representing their local area.”