I had my first @boysdancing session at Worcester University on Tuesday, 3 great PE students http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvQxoVT0peA&sns=tw … via @dancefest #WW1Dance
Me, Rose from DanceFest and the teachers from the Worcestershire schools taking part in Boys Dancing had a very productive meeting on Monday evening, ironing out all the logistics. So we are good to start the project now - our first session will be on the 3rd February.
I can proudly announce that we have a performance date of the 5th April in the evening, we do not have a confirmed venue as yet but we are very close to it! The teachers, Rose and I all decided that the show that we would like to present in Worcestershire will be an event that links to the nation's First World War Centenary commemorations.
At present we are looking into the possibility of using College Hall as our venue; which is part of King's College and one of Worcester Cathedral's buildings. It has lots of really interesting historical links to battles through the years and also has memorials to students from King's College who died in the war on its walls . We would like the piece to bring to life these elements of the site that relate to the war and also explore the building's breathtaking architecture. It looks like an awesome site for a performance. Hopefully next week I'll be able to explore if for myself as I take a walk around the site.
Exciting news from the Team Worcester! They have confirmed a number of groups for their Boys Dancing 2013-2014 project. Confirmed groups now are: Bishop Perowne CE College, Nunnery Wood High School, Hagley High School and the University of Worcester.
We're all looking forward to seeing what these guys come up with, as there will be quite a range of ages participating. Watch this space for developments!
Thanks for the chat today @Dancefest regarding @BoysDancing in Worcestershire. Some really exciting developments! Groups confirmed! #ww13
There's quite a few months to go until rehearsals start in Worcestershire. However, we can introduce you to the choreographer who will be working on the project:
Dave is also responsible for the overall artistic vision of the Boys Dancing project, as well as being the Artistic Director of Being Frank Physical Theatre company. In case that isn't enough, he is choreographing the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire project too. He is a very busy man.
“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.”
The fact that you're reading this suggests that you have, in fact, discovered the latest bit of Boys Dancing news. Which is that we have a new website! We wanted to really be able to show off all the fantastic images and videos that have come out of the project over the past few years, so we've added the visuals to almost every page. We hope you agree, it really showcases the brilliant work done by the boys and the professional dancers over the last six years.
There's also the Gallery. Here we've started to collate pictures and videos from Boys Dancing activity past and present. It's not 100% complete at the moment, but we'll be adding more pictures and videos as we go along.
There's also the exciting 'Just Dance' section, which is specifically for boys: those who have and who are taking part in the project. Or are maybe just interested in dance. Here you'll find some videos of male dancers if you're after a bit of inspiration, or some Spotify playlists to get you in the mood for shaking your funky stuff.
We hope you enjoy the new site. Have a look round, make yourself at home.