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By Nikki Jarvis
The News Shopper
December 19, 2012

Boys at boys-only RAD workshop 2012It’s usually girls who dream of becoming ballerinas and dancers in the West End. But last weekend in Deptford, [UK] there were no girls allowed as nearly 60 boys took part in an exclusively male dance workshop.

Aged between eight and 18-years-old, the dancers threw themselves into learning three different styles during the two-day programme at Trinity Laban.

A highlight saw the boys share their work in the Studio Theatre on the second day in front of an audience of family members, teachers and friends.

Teresa Turpin, a mother of one of the boys in the workshop, said: “I wanted to say a big thank you to all involved in the wonderful weekend at Laban. Toby is 12 and really had a fabulous time. He tends to concentrate on musical theatre, just attending the routine dance schools. I really feel he reconnected with his love of dance and is inspired to improve and grow as a dancer.

“Everyone was friendly and supportive and managed to get the very best out of him. “I felt so proud watching him dance in the ballet performance, for so long he has been the only boy and it was wonderful for him to dance with other lads and be a true male dancer.

Boys learn to dance with boys only workshop“He always does well in RAD exams, but performance ballet is new to him, and he loved it. We will definitely apply next year and recommend the experience.”

Boys Only! London dance workshop was hosted in partnership with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

The class combined classic ballet training with energetic, creative and contemporary workshops and stylish street dance.The weekend was open to all boys, no matter their experience, and was a unique way to discover and develop new talents.

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