Leanne is the founder and director of The Movement Factory and the founder and programme manager of The Bruk Out community performing arts programme. She founded Bruk Out when she was just 15 and has fund raised over £150,000 for her programme of community dance work. Since this time she has gone on to produce the award winning Get It On the Floor, yearly dance competition when she was just 22. Get it On the floor was also filmed for MTV’s production "Good 4 the Hood" in 2009 and Keep it moving dance showcase, hosted annually by comedian Richard Blackwood.
It has always been clear to me that the biggest problem affecting the youth of London's poorer communities isn't the crime or the minimal opportunities; it is much more deep-rooted than that. It is their lack of self-worth, low self-esteem and demotivation. So many young people don't know how to think highly of themselves and despite the bravado they present to their peers, they are seriously lacking the confidence needed to shape a better future for themselves.
I wanted to create a project that would address the correlation between poor self-worth and an under-privileged future, and I wanted to change this pattern by equipping young people with the skills and the confidence needed to find employment and better their lives. I have always believed that dance can do this."
More on Leanne on http://tinyurl.com/ceeu3em and @Movementfactory