NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
Here you will find details of all the amazing nominations and awards we have received.
Not only do we value the awards that we have won, but we also value each and every nomination just as much.
Thank you to everyone who has ever presented us with a nomination or award and for the acknowledgment of what we at Leaders are trying to accomplish!
TAKE A LOOK!
UK DANCE INDUSTRY AWARD 2022
Leaders are delighted to announce that our very own Maria was thrilled to receive the 'Rob Anker Award in recognition for her outstanding work in the community by bringing dance classes to the heart of the most vulnerable communities.
BOROUGH'S UNITED TALENT
What a legacy when the students become the instructors leading the next generation forward ❤️
Straight in to first place at Hackney Empires Boroughs United 2022
BOROUGH'S UNITED TALENT
❤️Strength in Community ......... Leaders Community❤️
It is with great delight that we are happy to announce that our little army of children and young people represented themselves, Leaders & Waltham Forest at the fantastic Boroughs United 2020 Hackney Empire and placed 1st in the over 13's Dance Category and 3rd in the under 13's Dance Category !🤩
Taking part in this annual event is always one of our highlights every year and firstly we must give thanks to the amazing Da Crib Team for all that they do in an effort to bring together communities from across all London Boroughs, to stand united against Youth Violence.💕💕💕
We were also treated to an epic performance by SEYKI 4 ❤️
We give special thanks to Aaliyah Sharnell and Emie Emin for supporting all the children and young people with their awesome choreo, to all the Leaders Team who always turn up - making it possible for our children and young people to take part in such opportunities and finally to all the amazing supporters on the night.❤️❤️❤️
Since taking part in this event Leaders have achieved the following:
2017 - 1st place over 13's Dance Category🤩
2018 - 1st place over 13's & 1st place under 13's Dance 🤩Category
2019 - 2nd place over 13's and 3rd place under 13's Dance Category🤩
2020 - 1st place over 13's & 3rd place under 13's Dance Category🤩
There is strength in our community........Leaders Community
Its never about where we place its about teaching our children and young people that talent is a gift and that success is earned (as shared by a special friend of mine YB) this is so very true and we continue to demonstrate year on year that with courage, determination and the right nurturing support there isnt nothing our children cant do.❤️❤️
Boroughs United 2021..........we are coming for you 😎
PINEAPPLE'S COMMUNITY DANCE CHAMPION OF THE MONTH
We are pleased to announce our very own founder Maria Theodoulou has been named Pineapple's Community Dance Champion of the Month.
Maria works tirelessly creating free and affordable dance programmes for young people so they feel inspired to lead positives lives.
Thank you for everything you do to keep Leaders alive and the joy you bring to our young people.
BOROUGH'S UNITED TALENT
Congratulations to our wonderful and talented 40 young Leaders who performed at the Boroughs United 2019 Talent Showcase celebrating children and young people from across 33 Boroughs in London who all come together to make a stand against youth violence.
With thanks to over 200 parents and family supporters who came out on the night to cheer and support-what a night!
Also a big thank you to our amazing teachers: Joshua Chester, Jason Than, Aaliyah Sharnell and Steven Pascua.
2nd place to our over 13's dance group and 3rd place to our young leaders-we are so proud of you all.
This is our third year participating in this show and its now quite clear that even though you all train just one hour a week, the quality of the teaching you access is phenomenal!
You represent everything that is good in our communities, your empathy & support not only for yourselves as a team with one dream but for everyone else is sincere.
You celebrate others achievements not just your own with only love and support in your hearts your stars are rising .
Its your time to shine in that fierce determined manner you are all known for.
Dream Big & Live Big !
This was by far your best work and demonstrates when you are one team with one dream, how much you can achieve.
Bruce Grove Next Generation
Roll on 2020.......!!!!
OVER 13'S PERFORMANCE
UNDER 13'S PERFORMANCE
DANCE LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATION 2018
Once again, with funding received from Peabody, another 20 young leaders qualified in their Level 1 Dance Leadership.
They worked tirelessly by coming to sessions after school and during their half term, showing great dedication to ensure they completed their course.
Not only did they complete the course, they did so in a record breaking time and every single one of them passed!
They were awarded their certificates during our Christmas Show infront of proud parents and peers.
Thank you to Peaboody for supporting this programme and for making it possible for these amazing young people to excel.
Congratulations and a very well done to you all!
Anna, Asia, Chloe, Faith, Hannah,
India, Jamal, Jaydon, Kemal, Kumbeh,
Lillie, Lily, Lissa, Lyra, Rio,
Ruth, Taylor, Teagan, Tolani, Tyrelle
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY WIN @
'FEEL GOOD' SPORTS AWARDS 2019
FOR WALTHAM FOREST
Leaders Community are breaking barriers !!!!
We are so proud to share that on Thursday 22nd November Leaders Community received 3 awards at the Feel Good 2018 Sports Awards recognising our little community group and our efforts in supporting children and young people !
Two of our dance instructors won joint 'Coach of the Year - Aaliyah Sharnell and Steven Pascua' and our project lead - Maria Theodoulou also received an award for Volunteer of the Year !.
We are humbled and honoured to receive these awards which are so significant because we do not offer SPORTS we offer physical activities and performing arts opportunities which is why we value this recognition and thank LBWF for this honour.
Needless to say our star is rising ❤️ because we are a STRONG FIERCE family united with one common goal, better futures for all our children and young people.
Thank you to you all (and you know who you are) who support us in so many ways ❤️❤️❤️
LOVE YOUR BOROUGH
Last year we were honored to have been nominated at the Love Your Borough Awards, and although we didn't win we were so grateful to be named runners up.
This year we were nominated for both the Arts & Culture Award and the Young Citizen of the Year Award!
We are proud to announce our Young Citizen of the Year winner...... Emie Emin!
TAKE HOME GOLD AT
BOROUGH'S UNITED 2018!
Leaders would like to congratulate all of our learners who took part in this years Boroughs United 2018 @ Hackney Empire.
We are proud to announce that Leaders won 1st place in Dance for both the under 13's and over 13's categories.
Congratulations to our Little Generals who performed for the first time ever and most certainly stole everyone's hearts with their performance.
With special thanks to our Dance Leads: Steven Pascua, Aaliyah Sharnell & Joshua Chester and finally to Kelly Reid and Co from Da Crib for organising this Pan London Talent Event giving children and young people the opportunity to showcase their creative talents !!
See all of their amazing performances below!
ARE AWARDED AT
LEYTON ORIENT FOOTBALL STADIUM
With funding received from The Leyton Orient Football Trust in partnership with Peabody, 20 young leaders qualified in Level 1 Dance Leadership.
They were invited to the Leyton Orient Football Stadium to receive their certificates on the pitch on 30th December 2017.
Thank you to Trevor Duberry for supporting this programme and for organising this special awards presentation.
'FEEL GOOD' SPORTS AWARDS 2017
A massive thank you to Dean Roberts & Joyce Guthrie from the Sports Development Department of Waltham Forest for inviting Leaders Community to the Sports Awards 2017 !
Whilst dance is not a recognised Sport, it is a recognised physical activity and although we didn't receive any awards we received a BLINDING 7 nominations and that is just amazing!
For us it was a win-win situation and are delighted to even be considered !
However, our love, respect and pure pride go to our wonderful young leaders. Not only do they train hard, perform, support all community events they are invited to, are peer mentors and role models, they spend a huge amount of time outreaching in the community, showing residents that there are young people who deserve to be recognised for being amazing contributing members of society.
They really are the PRIDE of Leaders and just you all
WATCH THIS SPACE...
amazing opportunities are coming their way and they really deserve everything good that comes next!
For once they were guests and not the entertainment and as you can see they really appreciated the evening.
Thank you to a wonderful borough for putting on such wonderful, empowering events !
CULTURAL STARS OF
L.E.A.D.E.R.S COMMUNITY & 15 year old Emie Emin received an award from the leader of the council , Cllr Coghill in recognition of our cultural contribution in Waltham Forest!
LOVE YOUR BOROUGH
We are proud and honoured to announce that Leaders Community were nominated for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Award at the 'Love Your Borough Awards 2017'.
Although we were a runner up, we are absolutely delighted that our little Community Group was recognised by Waltham Forest as a serious contender for this award and this in itself is a WIN for all such community groups!
Congratulations to all the winners. We salute all the amazing people who are the heart & soul of Leaders Community: Maria, Andi, Nadia, Toni, Danielle, Emmerson, Nadiya, Stacy, Claire, Leila, Daisy & Ameca. Thank you to our AMAZING teachers Steven Pascua, Aaliyah Sharnell, Justin Morosa, Josh Chester & Marvyn Johnson.
To all the key people who say what they mean and mean what they say: Roz Gordon, Cllr Karen Bellamy, Jason Hill, Lisa Fisher, Jane Brueseke, Ms Linda Lawrence, KidsCount, The Chingford Hall Peabody Team & Mr Dean Roberts, Thank you for believing in us and for your continued support .
Finally, to all the AMAZING children and young people who turn up to our sessions every week. We are all so very proud of you, for your commitment, dedication and courage that you have shown by choosing to take control of your lives and your destiny.
YOU MAKE US PROUD
PLACE 1ST AT BOROUGHS UNITED
Voted Overall winners by the entire panel, Leaders Community won their first ever dance competition winning the coveted trophy for their borough Waltham Forest. Congratulations to Darren, Emie, Caris, Sienna, Jonathan, Curnisha, Christina, Freya, Donikey and Nayshay.
Thank you to all the parents and friends for the most amazing support on the night. A special thank you to Ms Roz Gordon Peabody/CBHA for organising the venue for all rehearsals and for donating funds for the uniform!