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Chance to Dance

We have been giving our Y3 classes the Chance to Dance with the Royal Ballet progamme for 7 years now. Professional dancers and musicians from the Royal Ballet work with children in schools in Lambeth, Southwark and Thurrock. At Woodside we have been giving this opportunity to the whole of Y3 every year; the dancers come in and teach the children, bringing their own piano accompanist, for several sessions over the term, we take all the children to see a Royal Ballet production at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Thurrock schools involved in the project stage their own show at the Thameside Theatre, and children who show promise during the project are nominated to audition for continued lessons with the Royal Ballet. Two of our boys who successfully auditioned for the extended programme have just finished 4 years of dancing with a final production of "Cygnet Lake" at the Chlore Studio Upstairs at the Opera House. They performed with children from the 3 boroughs and professional dancers who regularly dance with the Royal Ballet. This was a tremendous opportunity and the production was stunning.

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