Hip hop dance stars turn out to help Hillingdon Manor School raise money to send Autism with Attitude street dance group to European Championships
Boy Blue Entertainment, UMA, Definitive, IMD, Unity and all girl trio Code 3 are among the big names in hip hop who have signed up to appear at a benefit night at the Broadway Theatre in East London on January 20th 2018 to raise money to send street dance group Autism with Attitude, a group of 12 to 15 young people with autism, from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge to the United Dance Organisations (UDO) European Championships in Kalkar in Germany in May 2018.
The school, an Outcomes First Group centre of excellence in education and development for children aged 5 - 19 with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC), is taking the group to perform in front of an international audience. Autism with Attitude have made history by being the first special needs dance team to qualify for the European Championships and will be ambassadors for autism, showing what young people with disabilities can achieve.
Some of the students have never been abroad before but they are no stranger to the world of dance performance. They are all highly trained and have worked hard to build both their physical abilities and their performance skills.
School staff are working on travel arrangements, looking for a local hotel close to the venue and trying to make sure everything is as calm and organised as possible so that the students, who are all on the autistic spectrum, can give their very best.
The first step is to raise money for the trip and dance teacher Jonathan Baron has been revisiting his industry contacts, networking and taking the students to perform and participate in different events. "This is huge," he said. "All the artists I have spoken to are really proud of Autism with Attitude and are keen to show their support by giving their time and energy to make the fundraiser a success."
Autism with Attitude has certainly made an impression on the world of hip hop dance and will be meeting some of their idols. "Boy Blue Entertainment is an award-winning hip-hop dance company founded in London by choreographer Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and composer Michael 'Mikey J' Asante," said Jonathan. "Our students study them for GCSE; now they're performing on the same bill."
The performance will take place at 7:00 pm Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at The Broadway, Broadway, Barking, IG11 7LS. Tickets are priced at £13.00 ( £9.00 concessions) and can be booked online at https://www.thebroadwaybarking.com/sales/genres/community/autism-with-attitude-fundraise