VIDEO: Urban Roots in the Isle

A superstar influence is rubbing off on Isle youngsters.

Youngsters taking weekly sessions in dance, drama and singing at Epworth and Crowle are producing a show to be staged next month.

The Urban Roots project involves teachers from the Isle’s Street Beat Academy, who develop the skills of young people at South Axholme Academy and Crowle Youth Club sessions.

The scheme is funded by North Lincolnshire Council’s Positive Activities Fund, with the aim of getting more youngsters involved in the arts, and benefiting from the experience.

Singing tutor Nicola Twardowski, 24, doubles as a tribute act to Rihanna and Beyonce when not teaching, and said Urban Roots has taken off well.

She said: “I’ve had girls come who were afraid to open their mouths at first, but now they’re singing solos which is great to see. The sessions have triggered all kinds of spin-offs and we are producing a show that anyone is welcome to come along to, on July 6, 7pm at Crowle Community Hall. Entry will be just £3 on the door.”

Mini ‘battles’ and performances take place throughout the term. This video is of a singing workshop at South Axholme Academy with Nicola in charge.