'Artful Dodgers' begins

Since the beginning of October 2013 I have been delivering sessions in five schools across the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW) strand of Boys Dancing 2013-14. The theme for this year's project is 'avoidance' and the beginning of the year witnessed the Shropshire strand showcase their work ‘Manitou’ in a large scale outdoor performance on a working farm.

The artistic lead in CSW is Dave McKenna who is overseeing twenty groups! Dave’s concept will take shape at the beginning of February 2014, culminating in a large indoor performance at the Butterworth Hall at Warwick Arts Centre. All twenty groups are well underway with their sessions with the artistic team - each working on their own individual section for the performance as well as learning some unison material which all the boys will perform!

My groups have been busy devising material for their dedicated section entitled ‘Sugar is Sweeter’. Drawing from choreographic tasks all the boys are creating material which will showcase their skills. I don’t want to give too much away but they all have a prop to contend with and the big challenge of walking shoulder to shoulder in a straight line (at the same pace) across the entire length of the Butterworth Hall!

Recently I have been joined by apprentices Thato & Cletus who are assisting in Cardinal Wiseman, President Kennedy and Ernesford Grange YC. It is the first year I have been fortunate enough to have apprentices and their skills have been utilised! Both have helped deliver the unison material which will be performed en masse in February!

Composer Ashley Brown’s music has recently been introduced to the groups - adding another layer to the work and the boys are loving the cutting edge mixes!

Stay tuned for further updates about the developments of ‘Artful Dodgers’!