I have has the priviledge of watching REACH for a number of years and each time I am moved, inspired, overwhelmed and speechless by the range and professionalism the young people express. It is very clear that each young person on stage is supported and encouraged to reach their full potential in a safe and caring way. REACH is a true gem in Bristol which is shining and developing every year. I hope to see it occur every year and grow as it should.
RISE has been a constant place for me at times I’ve needed it and a special home where I had the freedom to explore. Helen has demonstrated to me and to others a glimpse of what it takes to be the best version of yourself in this industry and in life.
RISE youth dance have been working in partnership with us to develop a contemporary dance offer in Gloucester. Helen and her team have demonstrated fantastic commitment, professionalism and dedication in encouraging and nurturing young dancers and non-dancers, often from challenging backgrounds. We are delighted to continue and strengthen our collaboration with RISE over the coming years.
To recognise and nurture talent the way Helen does is a very special thing. To recognise and have the generosity of spirit to offer other artists the opportunity to work with such gifted young people is, again, a very special thing. RISE can only ever go forwards.
RISE Youth Dance are pretty special. Theirs is a story of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things. A tale of how, with the right support and opportunities, dance can transform young lives. They are living, ever growing and ever moving proof of what young people can achieve.They are one hell of a team. Under the dedicated, outward looking and ever generous leadership of Helen Wilson, RISE have flourished. Young people have flourished - both as artists and as engaged, aware young people supporting each other to be their best. And they inspire those of us who know them to be better too.
Over the last 6 years I have supported Helen and RISE and I’m so proud of what Helen and the young people have achieved. What Helen has brought, is the joy and the skills of dance to so many local young people and to see them have a fabulous time on stage, to see some of them go onto further training, is a real credit to Helen. A credit to her vision, her determination and her talent and skill in leading these young people.