15 young street dancers from the Tabard Gardens Estate gave a preview performance at Hankey Hall on Monday night as they prepared to entertain a much larger crowd at the Den.
The 6-18 year old girls and boys have been taught weekly by dance specialists Team Kaizen in partnership with Millwall Community Scheme – and will provide the half-time entertainment at Millwall's clash with QPR on Tuesday night.
They have shown superb commitment to developing their skills and routines in a very short space of time, working alongside their coach Arthur every day during half term.
Funding from United St Saviour's Charity has enabled hundreds of young people to take part in the street dance and football coaching activities on the estate on Monday nights since August 2010.
"We are delighted to have funded street dance at half time at this important match, bringing a touch of the United States to Millwall Football Club," says Jim Wintour, director of United St Saviour's Charity.
Youth providers and parents have formed groups to help the tenants' and residents' association find the funding to continue Millwall Community Scheme's positive intervention on the estate.
"With the recent government cuts don't know where we're going to find the £32,000 we need this year to continue with the provision we offer for young people on the estate through our TRA," says Deirdre McGale from Tabard Gardens South Tenants' & Residents' Association.