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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun May 01, 2005 8:40 am ]
Post subject:  Keeping youth dance on its toes

BIG Discussion Forum – forthcoming event
Cormani Studio, Royal Academy of Dance
6.30-8.30pm, Thursday 12th May 2005


We are delighted to be at the Royal Academy of Dance to discuss


Keeping youth dance on its toes

In February ballet hit the front page. The Times reported Dame Antoinette Sibley’s concerns about a declining passion for ballet in young people who are more drawn to the sedentary activities of modern life. She pointed to ‘theatre’ as a missing ingredient and saw a gloomy future for British ballet without homegrown stars. Ken Livingstone recently exercised political muscle with his threats, later withdrawn, to prevent the redevelopment of White Lodge - the educational mecca for wannabe Billy Elliots. And – the May premiere in the West End of Billy Elliot, the musical, is evidence of the public fascination with and confidence in the story of a boy captivated by dancing despite the odds.

Dame Antoinette Sibley’s comments prompt a range of questions. Which social and cultural factors influence young people dancing in Britain today? How will recent initiatives such as the Royal Ballet School Partnership Programme and Arts Council funded Youth Dance England impact on the infrastructures for youth dance and ballet education? What does ballet give the young person? How can ballet stimulate imaginative and artistic development? What do its myths, metaphors and form offer in modern life? In what ways does ballet represent values that are important?

To tackle the issues we have invited three educators with experience of using ballet in contrasting settings:

Linda Jasper – Director, Youth Dance England

Neil Berry – Headteacher of Brampton Manor Secondary School (Newham, East London) who with the Royal Ballet School instigated the RBS Dance Inclusion Programme

Virginia Taylor – Writer, Lecturer at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and choreographer.

Please join us. For catering purposes please let us know if you intend to come. Contact details are above and venue information overleaf.

Susie Crow and Jennifer Jackson
susiecrow@easynet.co.uk

How to find RAD:

Bus Routes: From Victoria Station: 239

From Clapham Junction: 239 (exit at the back entrance)

The 239 bus stops outside the Academy.

Tube: Sloane Square Tube: 211 bus

South Kensington Tube: 49/345 bus

The above buses all stop at Battersea Bridge, the Academy is located at the end of Battersea Church Road opposite a company called ANS

Parking may be available in the courtyard, also on the street free of charge.

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