At 4FS Dance/Studio 4 we are a small team of committed individuals (many of whom are volunteers) who run a Community Company focused on delivering high quality, accessible dance to children, young people and adults. We are passionate about providing as many opportunities to our young people as we can. We work hard to make our dance inclusive, accessible, high quality and aspirational. We work with children who just want to take up dance as an out of school activity right through to those who want to enter into the industry in a professional capacity. We work with a wide variety of industry professionals to support our young people to achieve their absolute best. We now want to take the next step of being able to deliver our own accredited Community Dance award so that our students can advance their skills even further.
In order to do this we are looking to develop our own studio space right in the heart of the community in St Austell by renovating 3 redundant units in the town centre.
By bringing these premises back into use and being located in the town centre we feel that we can achieve a number of things:
- We can offer more opportunities to more Young People in one if the most deprived areas in the Country helping to raise their aspirations
- Develop accredited courses for young people and the wider community
- We can bring 3 redundant units back into use
- We can support the regeneration of the Town Centre post Covid by bringing people into town
- We can make the most of the train and bus links and the growing cycling links to support green travel
- Create job oppurtunities to local people.
We have some funding in place and we have offers of support from many organisations within the town including St Austell Town Council, St Austell BID, Chamber of Commerce, Lions club and many others.
The Impact we have already made :-
"Our daughter Gracie has been dancing with Studio 4 for four years now. She was almost eight years old when she first joined and had no confidence and was very scared after suffering a serious asthma attack a year previous to this. She went from playing football and doing all sports to being too scared to do any. When we first arrived at the dance studio, Gracie cried week after week and refused to go into the studio to dance. We stayed and watched and she was warmly welcomed by all of the staff. The older dancers spoke to her every week and gently encouraged her to join them in the studio, initially to watch with me outside and then she joined them with Alice’s help. From that very first class, she fell in love with dance and our family has very much become part of the Studio 4 family. Gracie has been supported, guided, and encouraged during every class, every competition and every step of the way. As a family we cannot believe her growth in confidence and self esteem but also in ability. She won her school talent contest last year and was Jack in Jack and The Beanstalk in her school play. We truly believe these things wouldn’t of happened had she not have joined Studio 4. Gracie is proud of her dancing and of dancing alongside such talented teachers and dancers. The older students have nurtured her and welcomed her and she has been inspired by them. She dreams of being a dancer and a dance teacher like the teachers at Studio 4 that she admires. We are thankful every day that we found Studio 4."
"When Studio 4 Dance (formerly known as 4 Funk Sake) was introduced to my daughter (Summers) life little did we know or expect the massive impact it would have. Summer from the age of 2 was always dancing and started traditional ballet training at 3 but it was when she was 9, and Alice started an after school club at Pondhu that Summers dance journey really took off. With the passion and dedication of Alice Walker, her brother Jack, all of her dance teachers, volunteers and dancers it is impossible not to be inspired. Throughout the years there have been countless breath taking performances, mesmerising competition pieces and world class training opportunities with leading artists from the Dance industry. But beyond the dancing and training that is available and made as affordable as possible for all, it is the sense of Family and community that truly captures the heart with Studio 4 Dance. My daughter has been given an environment to help her fulfill all her ambitions and we have gained a second family who are always at hand to help and support each other any way they can at all times. I can honestly say that all of our lives have been enriched by Studio 4 dance and I am excited to continue into the future supporting this amazing group."