Empowering young people in custody through dance

A new dance project sharing the experiences of young people in juvenile justice centres is using movement to empower youth.

Phunktional’s Beyond the Walls. Image: Jamieson Caldwell

Produced by the Melbourne-based community arts company Phunktional, Beyond the Walls is a professional dance performance which brings the stories and experiences of young people in the juvenile justice system to life through dance.

Several professional dancers, including First Nations dancer Glenn Thomas, held workshops with young people in Reiby and Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centres (JJC) across greater Sydney, listening to their experiences and creating a collaborative performance from their experiences. 

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