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World dance champions partner with the Robins Foundation

Bristol City Robins Foundation are proud to welcome Bristol based Angels Dance Academy as the latest member of Shared Duty Club.

The south Bristol based dance academy made waves on the international stage when its ‘Dark Angels’ team were crowned world champions in 2019. The academy went on to feature as finalists on BBC One’s, ‘The Greatest Dancer’.

Whilst the academy is home to a number of exceptionally successful competitive dance teams, it is an inclusive space for people of all abilities and is an essential part of the south Bristol community.

“Growing up in south Bristol, I didn’t have the chance to attend dance classes, so it has always been my objective to make Angels Dance Academy open and inclusive to everyone.” Commented Co-Owner and Director of Angels Dance Academy, Charlie Bedford.

“It doesn’t matter what your ability level is, our main aim is to provide everyone with the opportunity to enjoy dance and cheer.”  

The academy currently has more than 350 members taking part in both cheer and dance classes and caters for people of all ability levels; from complete novice, right through to national and international competitors.

Despite its current standing as one of the leading dance academies in the world, Angels Dance Academy comes from humble beginnings. The organisation started out some 16 years ago with only a handful of amateur dancers.

Whilst the academy has witnessed a meteoric rise since the early days, it has remained true to its Bristolian roots as it continues to operate out of its venue - ‘the cloud’ - in Bishopsworth.

“We are proud of our origins and our Bristolian roots. As a Bristol boy I know from first-hand experience that opportunities for young people to get involved in positive provision are limited.” Said Charlie.

 “The work that the Robins Foundation does in the local community and the support that it offers to young people from deprived areas in the city is something that is really close to my heart. I am pleased to be able to partner with the Foundation and help provide young people with more opportunities.”

Bristol City Robins Foundation Projects and Partnerships Manager, James Edwards, commented: “I’ve admired for many years what Charlie and the team have achieved and it’s a privilege to now have them as part of our Shared Duty Club.

“Charlie’s understanding of his community has led to this popular positive provision which not only is needed by the young people, but for the wider community as a whole. The academy is like a second home for many of its young participants.

“From south Bristol to world champions, Angels Dance Academy is a source of pride for all of Bristol and we are extremely proud to welcome them to the Shared Duty Club.”

Charlie Bedford photographed at the 2019 world dance championships

To find out more about Angels Dance Academy, please click here and follow the academy on Instagram: @adadarkangels

What is Shared Duty Club?

We at the Robins Foundation believe that everybody has something they can give to make our community a better place. That could be through time, expertise, opportunity or funding.

That is why we set up the Shared Duty Club which aims to: increase cohesion between the corporate world and the local community, form partnerships between the Robins Foundation and other sports and young person-based organisations and bring about positive change in our community

Both corporate companies and community organisations can become members of the Shared Duty Club. Throughout the year, member organisations will be invited to a number of activations ranging from exclusive events, through to engagement in community projects.

As members of our Shared Duty Club we work with companies to help them implement their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement strategies. We are also able to provide voluntary opportunities within our community projects and link community organisations together to help raise awareness and share good practice.

To find out more, please click here or contact James Edwards.

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