Nearly 300 lucky Swindon school pupils aged 7 to 8 years will come together in an innovative dance education project with The Royal Ballet School at Swindon Dance on 10 October.
The Royal Ballet School’s primary STEPS programme commences its seventh year in Swindon with a special day of ballet demonstrations for 275 young people involving Year 3 pupils from six primary schools. They will enjoy a rare opportunity to see first hand the athleticism and artistry of final year ballet students and junior associates, led by tutors and musicians.
The pupils will also have the opportunity to experience the positions and movements of ballet for themselves by ‘having a go’ on stage.
In Swindon, The Royal Ballet School’s partners Churchfields Academy and Swindon Dance, have helped to develop this innovative programme involving Oak Tree, King William Street, Mountford Manor, Lawn, Drove and Lainesmead primary schools.
Year 3 pupils from the six schools are also spending six weeks working closely with teachers from The Royal Ballet School’s Dance Partnership & Access Programme, discovering ballet through a carefully-designed series of creative dance workshops.
primarySTEPS touches the lives of more than 2000 young people throughout England each year in Dagenham, Swindon, Blackpool, Bury St Edmunds and Mansfield.
At the end of the six week course, 25 of the most talented pupils will be invited to further their new-found knowledge and skills by joining weekly primarySTEPS classes, hosted by Churchfields Academy, for up to four years. The young people taking part will receive their training from teachers specially approved by The Royal Ballet School. After the four years, the aspiring young dancers will be advised on how best to continue their dance training and some may be invited to audition for The Royal Ballet School’s highly regarded Junior Associate programme.
The Royal Ballet School is working in collaboration with Churchfields Academy and Swindon Dance and is funded by the Department for Education in its aim to make a significant contribution to dance opportunities in Swindon. The project aims to bring ballet into the consciousness of local children, giving them a unique opportunity to learn from one of the world’s great ballet schools.