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The Ballet Boyz / LGfL Contemporary Dance Project launch


Above: The official launch of the resources will be held at Sadler’s Wells on the 4th February 2009 at 1.45pm.

Strictly….dancing for the BOYz & GIRLz

London Grid for Learning launches contemporary-dance on-line portal


The Ballet Boyz, Royal Ballet alumnus and creators of ‘a Dance Culture for the Radiohead generation’ has teamed up with the London Grid for Learning in an innovative collaboration to bring contemporary dance, anytime, anywhere, in a school near you.

This project will bring unique, though freely available, video and related resources to schools and will stimulate and support learning through dance in Key Stages 2 to 5 and also support the new 14–19 curriculum.  

Delivered over the London Grid for Learning network, and available from early Spring, the ‘Encore’, ‘Torsion’ and ‘Naked’ repertoire developed by the Ballet Boyz, receives detailed analysis and explanation. There is support for both specialist and non specialist teachers to recreate and develop their own interpretation of the repertoire using the on-line project resources.

The project is unique in its use of on-line video to show the Ballet Boyz in performance and in deconstructing their performances, on stage at Sadler’s Wells, in an accessible way.

Lesson plans include ‘Behaviour for learning’ and ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’ support and are further enhanced by teacher guidance videos, interviews, photographs as well as guidance on how to use video conferencing as an integral part of the project.

The Ballet Boyz / LGfL Contemporary Dance Project launch

The official launch of the resources will be held at Sadler’s Wells on the 4th February 2009 at 1.45pm.

This event will feature contributions from William Trevitt and Michael Nunn of the acclaimed Ballet Boyz contemporary dance company, and live performances by pupils from schools who have worked in the pilot project. 

There will be an opportunity to meet with the project creators and also see how one of the pilot schools has used the London Managed Learning Environment (www.londonmle.net) to complement the use of the on-line dance resources.

This event is open to Press, London teachers, local authority advisers and others concerned with dance education in London.

The project has already been piloted in schools in Newham, Kensington & Chelsea, Barnet and Richmond during Autumn 2008, to the acclaim of the teachers and pupils alike.


 
Quotes from the Pilot schools:

‘The project has really felt like a three way partnership between Billy and Michael, myself and my students, all working together to produce work of a better quality, in a way that is accessible for all ability ranges’.
Yvette Jarvis – Head of PE – St Angela’s Ursuline Convent School, Newham

 ‘Like many other dance teachers, I am trying particularly hard to inspire my male students to take more interest in dance, Billy and Michael are such good role models to breakdown the stereotypes of dance and dancers’
Simon Dobson – Head of Dance – Holland Park School – Kensington & Chelsea 

‘I would recommend any dance teacher, specialist or non specialist to get involved in the project. Through the London Grid for Learning – the project has helped me develop new strategies for working with my students. The outcomes have been better than they would have been if we had not used the online materials’.
Yvette Jarvis – Head of PE – St Angela’s Ursuline Convent School – Newham

‘To actually have the professional performers in the lesson with you, albeit in a virtual sense, guiding the students, is a real strength of the project. It’s brilliant in the way that the project appeals to boys, and makes dance accessible for a range of students and produces impressive results with my students’.
Simon Dobson – Head of Dance – Holland Park School – Kensington & Chelsea

For further information

www.balletboyz.lgfl.net


Bob Usher
Bob.usher@lgfl.org.uk
Curriculum Consultant
London Grid for Learning Trust
CI Tower, St Georges Square, New Malden, KT3 4HG
t 020 8408 4455 f 020 8408 6014 m 07966 627 907

 
Kerry Whelan 
Tel: 020 7278 4690 
kerry@gpdances.com / www.balletboyz.com