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Ballet Rambert at Richmond Park Academy

posted 14 Jun 2013, 06:13 by Comms Admin
Submitted by admin.rpa on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 15:12

At the beginning of this term the Ballet Rambert - as part of their outreach programme - contacted Richmond Park Academy with an offer we couldn't refuse.  Eight dancers - seven of them women - from the school of this world famous company would come into RPA to perform for our Year 7 students, spend time with them talking about the world of ballet and give them an opportunity to ask questions about what it was like to be a dancer.  This very special visit took place during the first week in March.

Ross McKim, himself a dancer and principal of the school, masterminded the presentation and played some of the music.  The dance was seasonally appropriate as Easter approaches - a mature spiritual piece depicting the crucifixion and witness reactions.  McKim tells us that he and his dancers were impressed by their young audience, their involvement in what was a challenging, 40 minute performance - and their questioning, which he described as thoughtful, engaged and insightful.  He was particularly impressed by a question from one of the Year 7 boys who asked the male performer about the perceived difficulties of boys becoming dancers.  Perhaps Billy Elliott courageously asked that same question all those years ago...