SOTO in the Community

SOTO in the Community

SOTO uses performing arts as its device to access and engage children, young people and adults.

We are all part of a community and all tutors and young people have the opportunity to give back through volunteering, fundraising events, or assisting in schools.

SOTO offer a number of mainstream, targeted and inclusive community based projects to a vast and diverse demographic. All classes work towards multiple community performance opportunities each year, such as Christmas cabarets, spring productions, summer community festivals and end of year fundraisers. These showcases help enrich the community spirit whilst raising awareness of the provisions available through SOTO.

Through our partnerships with Local Authorities we have encountered a number of vulnerable young people and young people in need.

As a result SOTO currently offers funded spaces to those with no access to extra curricular provisions; volunteer tutors for community projects; teacher training and work experience; and counselling for young people.

A highlight for SOTO is running targeted and inclusive sessions for all young people. This gives them an opportunity that many do not have. It gives them a voice and a platform to express and share a part of themselves, whether it be on a stage, with their peers or to a wider community.  All of our young people are offered the opportunity to develop, devise and grow.

Our specialist tutors use captivating music, contemporary movement, wider genres of dance and story telling devices to educate and train young people in the performing arts.

“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience.”
Lyall Watson