Smikle Space: A home for our youth dance family.

by Smikle Project / SYD Company in Hove, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th December 2019 we successfully raised £5,786 with 88 supporters in 21 days

We want to renovate the studio into a working dance environment, enabling for Smikle Space to launch its community building work, Jan 2020

by Smikle Project / SYD Company in Hove, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we amazingly go beyond our target we still have lots of smaller building/interior work that needs doing to the space. Funds will also go towards our Ten Year Anniversary supporting our current young dancers and professional alumni artists to collaborate and develop projects and performances gearing up to our 2020 celebration. Extra funds will subsidise and support; our new local boys group, artist residencies and national and international youth exchange project plans.

Another long term ambition is to establish a full-time centre of creativity for young people to attend alongside developing their academics at school. 


My name is Lee Smikle and I am the artistic director of Shoreditch Youth Dance (SYD) & Smikle Project. Right now I am developing our own permanent  base & new home 'Smikle Space' in (Brighton &) Hove. Celebrating our TEN year anniversary.  

Smikle Space will house SYD:B Creative Dance Academy, as well as be a home for SYD Company and our professional alumni dancers. Here, they can train, create and develop new work.

Where it began

I trained at The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance, upon graduating I worked in Europe and then became a founding member of DansConnect in Swindon dance. DansConnect played an important role in impacting how I work with dance education to this very day. Following this I joined Matthew Bournes New Adventures where I remained for 10 years. Whilst in the company I performed, taught, was a part in developing their educational programs, was a resident artist, and I toured the globe! After I retired from performing I took on the role of lead teacher at Centre for Advanced Training program (CAT) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I remained there for the next 7 years. From this point forward I decided to put all my experience as a dancer and teacher into building my own platforms for enabling young people to be empowered by creative dance. I believe my career has been an absolute priveledge, but I fully comprehend the many struggles that I had to face as a young person, with little guidance and only instincts to follow. And this is what drives me today. I work towards building ways to open the many possibilities that can help a young person flourish through creative expression and individual exploration.

The last ten years of my life has been dedicated to developing and providing open creative spaces and experiences for young people, an ambition that could not have happened without the dedication of the young participants, and the passion, talent, and generosity of people and friends such as SYD’s Rehearsal Director, Micheala Ellis.

Losing our home

In 2014 The Rich Mix could no longer afford us space to work, and so we sadly lost our home of many years. However, this didn’t prevent us from continuing forward with our SYD Sunday’s, we struggled to find places to meet, but we always did, this actually made us as a group more resilient, determined, and active in our ambitions to be with and work together. This period helped us become even more of a dance family. Once all SYD members had gotten into dance conservatoires I took the decision to take the company from London to Brighton, this was due to the difficulties financially that London put on maintaining the group. SYD continued working in Brighton, and then in addition I created SYD: B for Brighton based youth. Things once again took a turn for the best, and I was able to further create my projects involving both companys.

We’ve found a new home!

After all these years of being displaced and moving around from studio to studio, we have finally found a great spot where we can now settle down, and look into a future of building what we do into a permanent fixture. With once again establishing a company base we lay for ourselves a foundation that provides a much needed sense of longevity and security, one that can support current members, invite in new ones, and allow for more possibilities with future projects and collaborations.Your support ultimately enables this future vision. The funds raised from our CrowdFunder will go towards renovating the space into a working dance studio, so we can open in January 2020. We need to build and fit a sprung dance floor laid with dance vinyl flooring, mount a mirrored wall and make portable wooden ballet barres.

Celebrating 10 years!

I believe that the performing and creative arts matter because it genuinely transforms lives. I have seen and felt the joy that dance and being creative can bring, I have witnessed it repeatedly in the youth that I have worked with, and this is what is so special about finding a new home. For the forseable future ‘Smikle Space’ will be a hub, a community of past and present members, a platform for confident young people to inspire other young people, a place where locals can gather for all sorts of physical activities. By reaching our 10 year mark we have proven that the ‘SYD SPIRIT’ is alive and kicking, and will continue to do so for many years to come. Become a part of our journey!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£27 or more

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Sponsor a piece of our sprung dance floor

Your donation of £27 is the equivalent cost of one of our specially designed sprung dance floor panels. We need 109 panels to fully build our sprung floor. Your donation will be physically supporting the next generation of young dancers and professional artists to safe guard their bodies while training and rehearsing. Lee and the dancers will engrave your name on your sponsored floor panel, send you a pic and thank you on our social media site.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A huge thank you across all our social media and your name listed on our first studio brochure and new website.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A huge thank you across all our social media and your name listed on our first studio brochure and new website.

£30 or more

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£30 off our professional and community workshops.

Your donation will allow you to receive £30 off any of our upcoming professional or community based dance workshops in 2020. danceReceive a Get 4 hours of rehearsal space hire in our new creative home for half price between January to June 2020.

£45 or more

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2 x Private lessons for the price of 1.

Receive two private lessons with Lee to work on an audition solo, audition technique, GCSE/'A'Level solos or your general contemporary technique and performance skills. Each lesson is an hour. Lee will give honest, nurturing and constructive critisism to support you to reach your goals. You can claim this reward or gift it to someone else.

£54 or more

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Sponsor two pieces of our sprung dance floor

Your donation of £54 is the equivalent cost of two of our specially designed sprung dance floor panels. We need 109 panels to fully build our sprung floor. Your donation will be physically supporting the next generation of young dancers and professional artists to safe guard their bodies while training and rehearsing. Lee will engrave your name on your sponsored floor panel, send you a pic and thank you on our social media sites.

£75 or more

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Free dance classes for a term in our new space

Join one of our new weekly classes, in our new space free, for a whole term during Spring 2020 Choose either an Adult / Youth / Children's Class in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Creative Flow, Pilates. 10 classes per term (usually price £90) The reward can be used for yourself or gifted to a friend or family member.

£100 or more

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£100 - Sponsor a Mirror

Sponsor one of our eight mirror wall panels and we will inscribe your name above your mirror in our new studio. Your donation will be supporting dancers during class and rehearsals to work on their alignment, posture and choreography.

£150 or more

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Name one of our six ballet barres.

Sponsor and name one off our 6 ballet barres. Either name the barre after yourself, a family member or maybe even a famous dancer or performing artist! Your donation will be physically supporting the dancers during ballet classes to work on their balance, strength, posture and technique. Each barre will be inscribed with the name you choose and forever known as known by that name.

£200 or more

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Free Professional Dance Photography shoot.

Professional high quality dance and headshot photographs suitable for all audition, CV & portfolio purposes. 1.5 hour shoot with with a professional dance photographer. A private password protected online gallery to view and choose images. Get 5 High quality fully edited high resolution JPG digital images. You can claim this reward or gift it to someone else.

£250 or more

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Express yourself

Leave us a special word and one of our professional alumni SYD dancers or collaborators will create a sequence based on your word. A personalised dance video created for you on any theme by one of our professional SYD dancers. A huge thank you across all our social media and your name listed on our first studio brochure. You can claim this reward or gift it to someone else.

£250 or more

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Free place on one of our 2020 dance intensives.

A free place on any upcoming dance intensive during 2020. Our weekly intensives during Spring, Summer and Winter are for aspiring young dancers aged 11 - 17, training in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Choreography, Creativity and Performance Skills. Can be gifted to a friend or family member who is passionate about and enjoys dance. (Weekly Intensives full price is £300 so you'll be saving £50 and have a guaranteed place for 2020!

£350 or more

Support a SYD:B dancer with a term scholarship.

Many of our dancers come from low income or single parent families. Your generous donation will allow a current SYD:B dancer a free scholarship place for a term. This will be rewarded to one of our many committed and deserving dancers and to those whose family need it. You will receive a personal thank you from me and the young dancer. Be invited to watch a rehearsal and receive 2 x free tickets to our annual show.

£500 or more

Become a Bronze Patron of Smikle Space.

Your generous donation will go towards supporting our creative projects, subsidising youth involvement, purchasing costumes and allowing talented dancers to take part who otherwise couldn't. You will appear on our website, across all our social media and brochures as a enabler of the arts and a supporter of dance and the creative / performing arts. Attend open rehearsal and receive 2 x VIP tickets to one of our performances.

£1,000 or more

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Become a Silver Patron of Smikle Space.

Your generous donation will go towards supporting our creative projects, subsidising youth involvement, purchasing costumes and allowing talented dancers to take part who otherwise couldn't. You will appear on our website, across all our social media and brochures as a enabler of the arts and a supporter of dance and the creative / performing arts. Attend open rehearsal and receive 4 x VIP tickets to one of our performances.

£2,000 or more

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Become a Gold Patron of Smikle Space.

Your generous donation and support will go towards funding projects, youth talent and growing our new creative space. You will appear on our website, across all our social media and brochures as a enabler of the arts and a supporter of dance and the creative / performing arts. Other rewards: Free tickets to all our performances. Open rehearsal invitation. SYD Ten Year phot

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