Staffordshire has enjoyed three years of partnership with Boys Dancing, giving opportunities to many boys around the county. Our piece 'Dark Water', one of six sections in The Quiet Man Suite, was a great success. It involved four Staffordshire schools with 75 boys aged from 9 to 16. The secondary schools were able to give the opportunity to boys who had encountered dance the previous year to build on their skills and explore what they can do in this creative medium. Entrust has worked alongside the choreographers to bring thought-provoking performances to new audiences. One of those new audiences was the Performing Arts Service itself, and this has inspired us to create the next project as a partnership of musicians and dancers.
Vote Boys Dancing!
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.
Help us win
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:
Boys Dancing class of 2013-2014, take a bow!
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.
Wilnecote and Ridgeway out of the starting blocks
In the latest installment from Mark Worth's brilliant video blog, some lads from Wilnecote and Ridgeway schools discover that dance is far more fun than they previously thought. (I think Mark means 'Staffordshire' rather than 'Shropshire' though, unless he's also moonlighting for the Shropshire project as well?....)
They also discover that they like Mark's moustache....
@BoysDancing apprentices all passed Foundation Course in Laban based Creative Dance with TOP MARKS!!!! pic.twitter.com/jeCaOaw6J9
Video blog: In the wars
Well, we're exploring a First World War theme for Boys Dancing Staffordshire this year, but the lads seem to be a bit in the wars themselves! Undeterred, our troopers crack on with creating some great work...
“A boy who was disengaged at school has become very focussed on dance, but also more motivated in his school work. He has taken up ballet and wants to pursue a career in dance, seeing the dance artist he worked with as a real role model."
Video blog: Creativity on Crutches
It's Day 2 at The Brewhouse in Staffordshire, and the group is getting creative with crutches.
Instead of being something that limits movement, working with the crutches has unearthed a wealth of creativity in the lads. See the results for yourself in the video blog: