Founded by performer Kayleigh Gage, Garage NE focusses on community classes, nationwide events, a creative academy Saturday school and the development of a professional theatre company.
The firm has now established bases in Horden, Easington, Darlington, Shotton and Chester-le-Street.
The Garage will provide the community with activities, by bringing inactive and socially deprived people of the community a chance to be involved and develop new skills, the organisation is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and positive wellbeing.
Ms Gage said: "We bring something Fresh, Funky and most importantly Fun! — The three Fs. We make our projects available to everyone, regardless of ability. Access to the creative industry is a big part of community inclusion and will combat isolation."
"It has been an ambition to grow the business by providing a best in Creative experience for children and adults.
"We are over the moon that we have been able to expand not only in the number of dance schools but we have widened our dance offering to include; street dance, breakdance, contemporary, ballet, burlesque, tap graffiti art, music, Latin and ballroom and musical theatre. We provide innovative friendly projects that engage with our community and will in turn inspire our next generation of creators."
The Garage NE’ tutors are practising dancers and performers and as with Kayleigh, have enjoyed experience in performing in London as well as national and global experience,
"We aim to be at the heart of the community and welcome people of all ages and abilities and are committed to making a change in communities through dance, fitness, art and music", concludes Ms Gage.