Royal Ballet Students Perform at The Manor Academy

Teachers, musicians and students from The Royal Ballet School visited The Manor Academy this week to perform a special ballet demonstration.

188 Year 3 pupils from five Mansfield primary schools gathered at The Manor Academy for a rare opportunity to see first-hand the athleticism and artistry of ballet students.

A well as learning how the ballet dancers practise their skills, the pupils also had the opportunity to experience the positions and movements themselves by ‘having a go’ on stage.

The visit was part of the Junior Associate Scheme, in which the Year 3 students are encouraged to put themselves forward to be part of a six week programme where they will be given the opportunity to discover ballet through a carefully-designed series of creative dance workshops.

The Royal Ballet School’s partners, The Manor Academy and Dance 4, have helped to develop this innovative programme involving the following primary schools: St Edmunds CE, Northfield, Peafield Lane, Robin Hood and Leas Park Junior School.

At the end of the six week course, 25 of the most talented pupils will be invited to further their new-found knowledge and skills by joining free weekly primarySTEPS classes, hosted by The Manor Academy, for up to four years.

The young people taking part will receive their training from teachers specially approved by The Royal Ballet School. After the four years, the aspiring young dancers will be advised on how best to continue their dance training and some may be invited to audition for The Royal Ballet School’s highly regarded Junior Associate programme.

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