Project information

Elevate Dance Programme

Elevate is Ignite’s dance programme, containing 3 streams: Academy, Hype and Schools workshops. Elevate uses dance as a tool to engage young people in positive activities, challenge them about their life choices and enable them to develop as individuals.


Charity information: Ignite Trust

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  • Need


    •A lack of participation in dance activities, often due to financial restraint.

    •Lack of confidence in self and/or abilities. This often leads to limited aspirations for the future, and can lead to choosing life-limiting or risky behaviours.

    •Social inequalities and negative behaviours. Of Elevate beneficiaries, approx:
    -80% are from BME backgrounds
    -60% are from low income families
    -50% are displaying risky sexual behaviour
    -50% are engaging in anti-social behaviour.


    Elevate is a more intensive support programme lasting for a year for each young person and aiming to enable young people to develop dance, choreography and performance skills through a weekly rehearsal session and regular performances. Through these activities, relationships are built between youth workers and young people, which enable us to mentor the young people in the Academy one-to-one. We also offer School Dance workshops to Young people close to excution or marginalised at school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved health and well being for participants.


    » Running 2 weekly dance classes: - Hype - open to all young people of any ability - Academy - for participants of a higher ability.
    » Running dance workshops in the local high schools.
    » One-to-one mentoring, giving young people the opportunity to talk through issues in their lives.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing participants increase emotional resilience, improve physical fitness, increase confidence and increase aspirations for the future.

    Aim 2

    Development of skills in:
    - Dance
    - Performance
    - Choreography
    - Team work
    - Leadership.


    » Running weekly dance classes.
    » Teaching modules in varying dance styles to Academy participants, including a choreography module.
    » Offering opportunities of peer leadership to participants.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 4 young people taking on roles of peer leadership, 18 young people performing at local events and young people demonstrating an increase in dance ability.

    Aim 3

    Increased confidence and self esteem.


    » Weekly dance classes designed to encourage participants to increase in confidence through learning new skills.
    » One-to-one mentoring, giving young people the opportunity to talk through issues in their lives.
    » Performance opportunities for Elevate Academy.

    What success will look like

    Success will be young people increasing their aspirations for the future, and developing confidence to take on new challenges.

    Aim 4

    Reducing life-limiting behavioiurs such as risky sexual and anti-social behaviour.


    » One-to-one mentoring, giving young people the opportunity to talk through issues in their lives.

    What success will look like

    Success will be long term changes in the attitudes and behaviours of participants. Local professionals and police will report decreased anti-social and risky sexual behaviour.

  • Impact


    The project will provide a number of positive activities for young people in Harrow. Participation in these will reduce life-limiting behaviours amongst young people in Harrow.

    We will measure success through feedback from participants, staff and partners. We will work closely with schools to track the progress of individual pupils.


    There is a risk that young people could not turn up to sessions or drop out of the Academy before the end of the year.

    We have dealt with this risk by comprehensively advertising the project throughout all the local high schools, our network of local professionals and word of mouth through the young people we work with.


    We are incredibly grateful to all our donors. Funders of this project will receive a monthly email newsletter keeping them up to date with how the project is going and any developments.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,665

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,250 Staff Salaries Salaries for 2 staff to run the workshops for a year
      £5,850 Project Costs For rent, music, equipment and travel
      £8,565 Overheads Admin, management and office costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Harrow Council £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Harrow is a diverse borough, with 41 different ethnic groups and significant pockets of deprivation in what is largely reported a wealthy area. Wealdstone and Rayners Lane are areas of particular disadvantage.

    Youth crime and gang activity are increasingly issues of concern for local residents and professionals alike.


    Our beneficiaries are the marginalised young people aged 13-19 in Harrow, particularly from Wealdstone and Rayners Lane. This includes young parents, people connected to gang culture, people involved in criminal activity and those displaying high levels of risky sexual behaviour.

    Young people will have the opportunity to develop their dance skills alongside other practical skills such as team work, performing and leadership.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ignite has been working in Harrow for the last 10 years, and has a successful track record of achieving positive outcomes for young people. Outcomes achieved through Elevate over the past 3 years include:
    •350 young people developing self confidence and self esteem
    •150 young people reducing life-limiting or negative behaviours (such as risky sexual behaviour)
    •250 young people positively engaged in dance activities who were previously inactive.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mimi Mackenzie

    Mimi leads the Elevate project. She has considerable dance and choreography experience. Her passion is to see young people flourish through dance.

    Fagee Lisk

    Fagee co-leads the project with Mimi. Her dance and youth work skills will be key in enabling young people to develop.