The Guardian has a feature on the Dance United project – which is aimed at ‘reintegrating people with their families and picking up the pieces of their lives’. Dance United uses dance to engage young offenders and young people at risk of offending. Its academy offers an intensive 12-week programme, 25 hours a week, in which young people are treated as trainee professional dancers and gain a certificate in basic practical performance skills. In 2007, 33 young people were referred to Dance United from the Bradford and Leeds youth offending teams as a condition of their community sentence. In this area, more than three-quarters are expected to reoffend within 12 months – higher than the national average. Of the 33 referred, 19 stayed on the programme and only half reoffended.
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