Modern Dancing   奮進舞蹈計劃

Breakthrough Dancing was started at a time when most of the youths  in Operation Breakthrough were boys and the sports involved were more physical in nature, including boxing and rugby.  In 2005, we decided to settle on dance as the best medium to interact positively with girls.  Since then, the programme has operated on a long-term basis where girls with disadvantaged backgrounds can attend regular dance classes throughout the year.  Elementary dance classes are run every Thursday while dancers who have stayed in the programme for a long time and built up very good dance skills have their lessons on Sunday.  Elementary classes are open to new members and a number of experienced dancers help to coach new members.  A lot of bonding was formed through the interaction.  Breakthrough dancers have numerous chances to stage public performances where they can reach out to the community.  Dancers gain a lot of recognition and hence can build up their confidence and self esteem. Some performances focus on the theme of healthy lifestyle and anti-drug messages, which aim at bringing positive influence on their peers while some are volunteer works serving other vulnerable sectors of the community.  All these bring new life experiences to the participants and make a positive difference to the community as a whole. 

 

The programme shows how dance can be of benefit to the girls in terms of their mental as well as physical nurturing.  With mentorship and encouragement, some girls have become more able to express themselves and happier to interact with others.  Some very obvious improvement has been seen in most of our girls, in terms of their self-discipline, sense of responsibility and self-esteem. 

奮進行動舞蹈計劃開始的之前,多數都是男性主導的活動,運動多是著重在體能方面,例如拳擊、欖球等。2005年,有鑑於要為女孩子提供適合的活動,我們決定開設舞蹈班,從那時起,舞蹈班已是一個長期計劃,家境貧困或背景弱勢的女孩可以全年參加定期舞蹈班。基礎舞蹈班每逢星期四進行,同時參加了本計劃已有一段長時間,又想提昇舞蹈技巧的學員會在星期日上課,基礎舞蹈班開放予新成員參加,一些有經驗的舞蹈員會協助指導新成員。透過互動,不少學員成為了朋友。奮進舞蹈員有很多機會公開表演,藉此接觸社會,也能藉此得到肯定,從而建立自信心和自尊心。部份表演以健康生活為主題,又帶出防止濫藥的訊息,目的在於對同輩產生正面影響,同時,也有部份是志願為弱勢社群演出。這一切為參加者帶來嶄新的生活經驗,也為社會整體帶來積極的改變。

從舞蹈計劃可見,舞蹈如何為女孩子的心理帶來好處,這比在體質上鍛鍊她們更加有效。耐心的教導和鼓勵,使部份女孩變得更懂得表達自己,而且更樂意與人互動。大部份舞蹈班的女孩在自我修養、責任感和自尊心方面都有很明顯的改善。

有別於奮進現代舞,奮進Hip Hop舞蹈團於屯門警區成立,對象為任性的少女。 她們因某些原因而受警方關注,但團員主要是轉介自警司警誡計劃。舞蹈團已運作約18個月,團員約有20名。現時每週出席訓練的人數約有1012名。舞蹈團聘請了一名導師,逢星期三下午5時至7時在屯門仁愛堂中心授課。除了該名導師之外,還有多名來自屯門警區的警察義工,聯同我們的合作夥伴-香港青年協會之社工攜手進行活動。 協會負責提供社工服務、專家評估及諮詢,並啓導參與者。舞蹈團的團員最近除獲發新T恤外,更獲撥款添置其他舞蹈用品。團員的舞技已達至公開表演的水平。 她們於20113月在屯門為香港青年協會的活動演出時表現精彩。舞蹈團中有6名女童獲選參加「外展訓練」計劃,她們在是項個性建立活動中獲益良多。 我們計劃透過參加不同組織舉辦的活動,為奮進Hip Hop舞蹈團提供更多演出機會。

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