BalletBoyz get Perse students in step with dance workshops
Members of the world-renowned BalletBoyz dance company put Perse students through their paces with a series of workshops.
Dancers Harry Price and Jordan Robson led three sessions throughout their visit, demonstrating some moves from BalletBoyz current touring show Fourteen Days, which takes place at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on Sunday and Monday (22 and 23 October).
They then encouraged participants to make up their own brief routines based around what they had been shown, including part of a new piece choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Theatre Director in Residence Matt Hawksworth felt pupils had gained much from the experience of working with the BalletBoyz dancers.
He said: “We were very privileged to have the internationally-renowned dance company BalletBoyz doing three workshops with the Lower School, the Middle School and the Sixth Form.
“This coincided with the BalletBoyz performing their show at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, so we thought it would tie in brilliantly.
“Lots of people wanted to take part. Some of the pupils already dance in our Junior Dance Club, in our Middle School games option and our Sixth Form already, but it was also great to see new students who hadn’t taken a dance class before.
“Harry and Jordan were so enthusiastic and supportive of the students. It was really inspiring.”
Mr Price felt it was important for BalletBoyz to spread the message of the fun that could be had from dance to a wider audience.
He added: “It’s really fulfilling for us. When we were younger, Harry and I have both had workshops with dancers from companies we’ve looked up to, so hopefully it’s inspiring for the pupils and it’s nice for us to see them enjoy it.”
Listen to Mr Price and Mr Robson explain the background to BalletBoyz and how they felt Perse pupils responded to the workshops.