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Central workshops in Walsall inspire children

Calendar Posted 11 April 2019

This week Central held workshops at Walsall Academy for local primary and secondary school students. Established in 2010, this project aims to encourage dance and creativity in young people.

This year the workshops were themed on Christopher Marney’s Carousel Dances, part of the repertoire for the Ballet Central 2019 tour. The workshops were led by Helen Cox, a Dance Education Specialist and dancers from Ballet Central, Central’s graduate touring company.

Activities in the primary school workshops were based on the theme of the circus. Students were set creative tasks in pairs and small groups. They then shared their work, giving feedback to one another. The secondary school students were taught a phrase from Carousel Dances, which they then added their own phrases to and also shared with their peers. Both groups also took part in Q&A sessions with the Ballet Central dancers, to learn more about life in full-time vocational dance training, and had the opportunity to watch the dancers perform an excerpt from the tour.

Debra Cougill, Head of Central’s Widening Participation and Access Department said “This long standing relationship with Walsall Academy has, over the past 9 years, inspired young people, and their teachers, to participate in dance activities both within and outside of the school curriculum. The project offers them not only the opportunity to take part in a workshop but the classes are followed with a performance by our third year students which, for many of the young children, will be their first experience of seeing dance performed live on stage.”

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