Mile Cross PCSO joins in with street-dancing fun
Street-dancing and beatboxing aren't the usual activities of an on-duty member of the police, but for Mile Cross PCSO Craig Bidwell it is all in a day's work this week.
For after gathering together a group of youngsters to take part in workshops at The Garage in Norwich, PCSO Bidwell decided to join in with their classes too.
Yesterday saw PCSO Bidwell and the young people, who are all students at Sewell Park College, in St Clements Hill, doing body ripples, Mexican waves and the step-ball-change as they spent the day learning hip hop, street and commercial dance moves.
PCSO Bidwell said: 'It was good to see the young people enjoying themselves, getting on well as a group and making new friends with other young people.
'I watched them for a little while and then decided to get involved. I have never done street dancing before and it was good fun and very energetic.
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'Getting involved was a good way to break down the barriers, get to know the young people and show them that part of the role of the police is to be there to help the community work and function well together.
'Everyone has been really enthusiastic.
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'There are definitely some shining stars in the group and it is nice to see them show off their artistic flair.' Elle Smith, 15, said: 'It was a really good experience doing the dance workshops. It was a bit hard but really fun, and it was really good meeting new people too. I had so much fun.'
Alisha Howlett, 12, said: 'I hadn't been to The Garage before and it is good to have new experiences and meet new friends.'
Jamie Pearson and Reece Francis, both 14, also enjoyed learning all the different dance moves. Jamie said: 'The workshops are good because they give you something to do and stop you being bored. It was brilliant learning all the dance moves.'
The three-day project the young people are involved in is called Go for Gold. Day two today involves having fun with costumes, fashion and stage make-up, while tomorrow they will be doing beat boxing and singing.
It is the second year the project has run, and Darren Grice, The Garage's executive director, said working in partnership with Norfolk Police was a good way of getting more young people involved in the opportunities at The Garage.
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