Leila’s story

Leila Hyde attended our ‘Create’ self-employment course in Gosport in 2018. She had been working as a self-employed dance teacher for a few months, teaching 1:1 and group classes on behalf of another company.

Leila wanted to build her own street dance company that was open to everyone, with a heightened importance of having fun, keeping fit and socialising rather than the pressure of being judged on dancing ability.

Her passion for dancing and helping people means her business brings people together in a warm and friendly environment to not only learn street dance, but to have fun and keep active. We’re confident that FUNkSTREET will be an absolute roaring success as Leila is a perfect example of building a business around your passion and never giving up.

FUNkSTREET provides competitively priced, hassle-free and fun street dance classes and dance parties for both adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Leila was the winner of Passion in Business Award at Radian’s Self Employment Conference and Awards this year.



“There was always this niggling feeling that I just wasn’t in the right thing and that I needed to be moving and pursuing the thing that I actually loved. Until you try something new, you don’t know whether it’s what you’re going to love to do.

“It’s very easy to get stuck in a job and there’s so many things in life where you have this kind of idea and you think: “Oh I’d love to do that, but you know what, actually, I am too scared.” But actually, failure can sometimes be the thing that drives you forward.

“I want FUNkSTREET to be a place where people can walk in and say you know what I don’t care if I get it wrong, I am giving it a go because it is something I want to do, not because somebody has told me I need to do it.

“Because of the help I’ve had from Radian ‘Create’, I have been able to take something that I wanted to do but didn’t necessarily think was possible and make it a reality. With Radian’s ‘Create’ course, you go through step by step all of the things you might need, and you get really useful handouts that mean that even if you are overwhelmed by what’s happening in the session, you can go away and read it in your own time.

“The course has given me that boost to know that I have got what I need, I have the resources and can now put everything all together and just do it. So, if you’ve got a passion then just don’t hold back and just give it a go.”