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Dance Masterclass for Year 10 Boys

Friday, 10 January 2014

Today the boys in one Year 10 drama class were put through their paces by choreographer and dancer Luke Saville.

The dance masterclass was organised by The Lowry Threatre in Manchester and Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of choreographer Matthew Bourne’s dance company New Adventures. Mr Bourne is currently looking to re-stage his production of Lord of the Flies across 13 venues in the UK, and is hoping to recruit 15 to 25 young men from each region to take part in the show.

Lord of the Flies will also be the subject Year 10’s next scripted piece of coursework, and the group will be going to see the performance later on in the year. Therefore this unique opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ on the production was not to be missed.

As part of the class, the boys learned a number of warm-up techniques, dance moves and physical movement exercises. They were also given the chance to run through one of the dances which will be used in the company’s production of Lord of the Flies. As a number of the boys are keen to audition, this was a great chance to really see what would be involved. Despite the complexity and speed of the movements, the boys picked up the sequence really quickly and were able to perform it after just a few practice runs.

Mr Saville was clearly impressed with the boys’ abilities. When the boys told him that they had previously done a physical movement workshop, he said, “It shows. Whatever you learned, I can see that you’ve remembered it.”

This was the first in a series of three sessions, and the boys are really looking forward to the further insight and training that the New Adventures choreographers can provide.

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Luke Saville led the dance workshop

Luke Saville led the dance workshop

The boys master the Lord of the Flies choreography

The boys master the Lord of the Flies choreography