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Tuesday 12th May 2009
Tewkesbury Admag
By Daniel Fawbert Mills


Jacqueline School of Dance RAD 2009 A COUPLE of Evesham boys have proved ballet is not just for girls by competing in an all-boys dance event at the Hippodrome in Birmingham.

Oliver Gould, Charlie Watson and Jack Dempsey, who all go to the Jacqueline School of Dance, in Willersey, took part in ballet, contemporary and South Asian Kathak classes which culminated in a short performance in the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s studios.

The event was spearheaded by the Royal Academy of Dance who, following the success of the musical Billy Elliot, wanted to build on the renaissance ballet and other dance forms found with a new generation of young male dancers.

Ballet teacher, Louise Gould, from Evesham, said: “The trio were part of a 50-strong group of boys from dance schools all over the country.

“The teachers were ex-professionals, and it was an opportunity to get some top quality lessons with the aim of promoting dance particularly for boys.

“It was also a chance for them to dance with their peers as most boys never get taught by a male teacher, or dance with other boys in the same class. It was a new experience for them, and they absolutely loved it.”

”It would be great if more boys would come forward and enroll in classes, there is still a bit of stigma attached to it, but I’m convinced that is going.”


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