31 July 2013 at 11.50am | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera House's Paul Hamlyn Hall was recently filled with more than 500 primary school children from all over England. They came together in a culmination of the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation project, Dance Dynamic - a training programme for teachers.
Over the prior eight weeks, 25 teachers from around the country attended INSET (In Service Training) days, brought their students to watch rehearsals at the Royal Opera House, received in-school visits from practitioners and led weekly creative dance sessions. This resulted in the teachers and their students creating completely original dance pieces, which premiered at Covent Garden.
Each of the performances was unique and inspired by a different subject, ranging from Greek mythology to space exploration, pirates and 'A day in the life of a Londoner’. The children displayed a fantastic amount of dedication, talent, creativity and clearly enjoyed the unique experience of performing at the Royal Opera House.
One of the teachers involved, Pauline from the Grange School in Daventry, said of the project:
The INSET days have been brilliant, and we now feel equipped choreograph creative dance. From the children’s point of view, they have achieved so much: they have choreographed, rehearsed, worked on dance motifs, performed, created art work and descriptive writing. They have had the opportunity to see Wayne McGregor’s new ballet Raven Girl and to visit London, a thrill in itself. Dance Dynamic workshop leader Liz Foster was so encouraging and supportive on her visit to us in school and the children thoroughly enjoyed our session. Friday’s performance was the icing on the cake for us."
We recognize that teaching creative dance can be a challenge. Through the Dance Dynamic project we hope to give the teachers the tools and confidence to lead creative dance sessions with the children in their class, and have fun at the same time!
Find out more about future teacher training courses and events
Dance Dynamic is supported by MariaMarina FDN and the Material World Foundation.