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Youngsters show off talent in Barking

PUBLISHED: 13:43 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:43 25 April 2017

Koby Turner and Co performing at I Am Bad

Koby Turner and Co performing at I Am Bad

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Spoken word, singing, dancing and acting were some of skills showed off by youngsters in Barking.

Basit Ayanwusii performing at I Am BadBasit Ayanwusii performing at I Am Bad

Budding young acts from across the borough took the stage to showcase their talents and impress a crowd of people at the Broadway Theatre last week.

The I Am Bad Part Four line-up included groups like Verstaile, Big Deal, BDYD, and The Drama Company who performed across two evenings.

Sharlene Carter, freelance dance artist and organiser, said: “I am overwhelmed to be able to produce this community platform I Am Bad for the fourth year running and our first year doing it over two days.

“We had over 35 acts across the two nights and we witnessed some amazing talent.”

The organiser was thrilled with how the show went and is already planning for the fifth annual I Am Bad show next year.

“I am already in talks for next year’s dates so keep your eyes peeled,” she said.

Helen Ball, head of engagement at Creative Barking and Dagenham, added: “I Am Bad was a spectacular celebration of 
dance and two nights of brilliant entertainment at the Broadway Theatre.

“It offers a high point in the year in Barking and Dagenham to recognise young people’s achievement, hardwork and incredible talents in dance, and the standard just keeps increasing every year.

“Sharlene’s championing for dancers this year extended even more this year to include sponsoring individual dancers to pursue training or career development both in the UK and abroad.”

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