Wessex Dance Academy is a partnership project between Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust.
It is a 12 week, full-time programme that uses professional contemporary dance training to transform the lives of Hampshire’s most vulnerable young people. It is for young people aged between 15 and 24 from across the county and since 2009, has worked with nearly 200 young people.
The Academy’s artistic ambition matches its ambition to constantly provide a safe, caring learning environment where young people can succeed and achieve, making it a unique project that clearly demonstrates to everyone how the arts can bring significant changes to how social care is offered.
In 2015, Wessex Dance Academy was published by Ofsted as an example of good practice.