Fourteen years after Billy Elliot was released onto our cinema screens, it seems the tale is as current today as it was over a decade ago. The evidence can be seen right on our very doorsteps as boys across Salford are dancing their way into the New Year.
With the support of The Lowry and Re:Bourne; colleges, schools and young peoples services across the area are creating opportunities to get boys dancing. School gyms and community halls are now used as dance studios, with Salford City College, Salford Youth Service, So Many Words Theatre Company, Oakwood Youth Club in Eccles and Albion Academy all opening their doors to dance. The project in question is a series of workshops designed around William Golding’s coming-of-age novel ‘Lord of The Flies’. Classes and workshops have all been catered to boys with little-to-no experience of the genre and provide fitness, fun and all sorts of challenges. The incentive targets young men aged between 10 and 25 and hopes to get more people excited about dance.
For those that have well and truly been bitten by the dancing bug there will be an open day at Salford University in January where participants may be invited to auditions held at Eccles Town Hall. Through the auditions Re:Bourne and The Lowry will find a group of young men to perform alongside internationally acclaimed dance company ‘New Adventures’, in Matthew Bourne’s ballet take on the novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. How is that for a fantastic start to the New Year?
Following in the footsteps of Tyneside dancer, young men with no previous dance experience now have the opportunity to go from novice to pro in lightning quick speed. To find out more about the project and the open days take a look here http://www.thelowry.com/event/lord-of-the-flies-open-days.