“The Collectors” dance performance – Saturday 23 January
On Saturday 23 January 2016 the Museum & Art Gallery in Shropshire hosted an evening of energetic, exhilarating and thought provoking dance by young men and boys called “The Collectors”, performing together as part of the Boys Dancing project.
During December 2014 and January 2015 over 100 students from schools across Shropshire have been worked with professional dance artists Dave McKenna and Mark Anderson. They have gathered, assembled and collated their ideas, to create a unique promenade dance performance.
“The Collectors” explores why humans are compelled to collect. Is it a choice or a compulsion? What will the collections and collectors of the future look like?
A partnership project between Shropshire Council and West Midlands Boys Dance Alliance, Boys Dancing develops and celebrates dance for boys and young men, providing them with the challenge, exhilaration, discipline and fun of making and sharing dance.
We are very pleased to announce that Boys Dancing has been chosen as a finalist for the National Lottery Awards 2014!
The awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to people, places and communities across the UK, and Boys Dancing is in the running for the Best Arts Project award.
You only need to look at the Stories section and the testimonials that pop up across this site to see the impact the project has made in the lives of the boys and men, teachers, parents and communities involved, so we truly believe that Boys Dancing is worthy of winning this prestigious award.
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In order to win, we need your votes! The project with the most votes will be announced as the winner in September, so please click the voting button below, which will take you through to the Awards website where you can vote and help us win:
The moment you've all been waiting for…
All films from Boys Dancing 2013-2014 projects are now online and available to view in the Gallery section of this site, along with images.
Shropshire's Manitou legacy >>
Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire's Artful Dodgers performance >>
Sandwell's Boys Dancing performance >>
Dudley's I performance >>
Worcestershire's Our Brave Sons performance >>
Staffordshire's White Feathers performance >>
We hope you enjoy this amazing record of the fantastic achievements of all the boys, artists, teachers and everyone involved.
Well done, Boys Dancing class of 2013-2014!
If you enjoyed your time with Boys Dancing, we'd love it if you would take a moment to vote for us in the National Lottery Awards. Boys Dancing is up for Best Arts Project. Click on the vote button above or go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/boys-dancing to vote for Boys Dancing.
Back in the beautiful sunshine of the summer, Shropshire boys danced their hearts out at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in their performance: Manitou. This film captures the occasion and looks at the impact the Boys Dancing project has made on those involved.
You can also see the video and accompanying images taken at the Manitou performance in the Gallery.
Our team of 4 apprentices join us at Warwick Arts Centre this week, to undertake the next part of their training. Working with the brilliant Yael Owen-McKenna, they are doing a 2-day intensive on the work of Rudolf Laban in order to complete their Laban Guild Foundation Course throughout the Boys Dancing project. I popped in and snapped these pics as they did some beautiful and powerful improvisations.
“One boy, who is severely autistic , has been completely changed by boys dance. Other boys now respect him for what he can do, and he has gained the confidence to go up on stage. He has asked to attend outside groups, which he would not do before, and has joined a local breakdance crew. He has been able to develop a social circle he did not have before.”