Community, connection and creativity are the three C’s that really count when it comes to Kulture Break’s core values.
After a long and bumpy 2020, Kulture Break says they are committed more than ever to ensuring young people will always have a safe and inclusive space in their dance classrooms. Their mission isn’t just about gaining dance moves or singing skills, it’s about the community and support to enable their students to feel empowered.
Since it’s inception in 2002, Kulture Break’s mission has been to support Canberra’s young people through the creative arts. Founder Francis Owusu says that support is more important than ever in 2021.
The results of the 2020 National Youth Mental Health Survey indicated half of all those aged 12 to 25 were unable to carry out their daily activities due to mental health concerns, an increase from one-in-five in 2018. Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said that the results were “highly concerning”.
In response, Kulture Break is making it their highest priority to reach as many Canberrans as possible so anyone that may benefit from their services knows that they’re there to help. They know their community offers something more than just dance or music. They’ve seen the results first hand so they are offering free classes all week from 8 to 13 February.
Ann-Louise Price says her daughter is a different girl after attending classes at Kulture Break.
“Before my daughter started with the Ladies 1st program at Kulture Break she had no self-esteem, no desire to do anything and was heading down the path of no friends and depression,” Ann-Louise said.
“This has all changed and I credit the Ladies 1st program as the reason. My daughter loves to dance and was previously attending other dance classes but was almost bullied out of them and decided she was no good at anything.
“She started going to Ladies 1st and now she is dancing around the house, happy to let me watch. She has picked up in all her classes, has a group of girls to hang around at school and is excited to go to Ladies 1st on Wednesdays. She’s way more confident.”
Kulture Break wants to invite Canberra’s community to come along to meet their team and become familiar with the programs they offer with free classes all week from 8 to 13 February. Limited spots are available. Register for tickets at Event Brite.