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Liela went on BBC Radio Solent

Updated: Jun 26

Leila Hyde from Southampton, who has been dancing since a small child opened her dance business, FUNkSTREET a year ago and has not looked back.


Having fun is key. When you are dancing all your troubles disappear, even just for a few minutes. It really does not matter if you have never danced before. My classes are about enjoying yourself and learning a new skill whilst also building your fitness.”

So far, her business has grown with her teaching regular street dance classes to both children and adults plus teaching dance at children’s/teens birthday parties which is always loads of fun. She also teaches future brides and grooms their chosen first wedding dance which can be anything from a slow waltz to a funky street dance routine.

Founder of FUNkSTREET Leila Hyde

“I am truly passionate about dancing. It’s so rewarding when a student (young or old) masters a dance routine. Their face lights up and you can see their confidence grow. I believe everyone can dance; it does not have to be perfect just as long as you are enjoying yourself. It’s about stepping away from the daily pressures of life and stepping into a place where you can laugh, smile and have fun being you!

When I decided to start my business, I attended a business course run by Radian Create. They help you turn your idea into a reality, giving you support and advice, which I really needed at the time.”

Leila plans to grow the business with more regular classes dotted around Southampton accessible to people of all ages. Leila has a BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture and has been teaching for over 10 years, in a variety of styles but her personal favorite is street dance.

If you are interested in any of Leila’s classes or you’re interested in booking parties or private lessons then you can email her on funkstreetdance@gmail.com or look at her website www.funkstreetdance.com




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