Ballet Hoo! index
Countdown to the performance
Programme 1 summary
Programme 2 summary
Programme 3 summary
Programme 4 summary
Meet the Birmingham Royal Ballet team
Meet the participants
What the project has meant to me
A day in the life...
The story of the ballet
How you can get involved with dance
Ballet's project partners
Press and media coverage of the project
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work in the community
19 days to go
19 months ago, two important processes for the Ballet Hoo! project were put in motion.
In March 2005, Ballet Hoo!, or Leaps and Bounds as it was then called, was a project about young people, but with no young people involved. Life coaches for the young people were enrolled, and their training began. Each life coach was to be allocated two to four young people; their role being to listen to and support the young people, and to provide a first point of contact for them, should they need to talk about anything from personal issues to when the next rehearsal was.
At the same time, the enrolment process for the young people to be involved in the project started. 80 trailblazers (local authority youth workers, social workers and probation officers) set out to find disadvantaged young people from youth groups and schools in Birmingham and the Black Country to sign up. There was no competition and no auditions; everyone involved with the project then, and those who have dedicated the last year and a half to it, are doing it entirely volutarily. At the end of the enrolment process, 250 young people and approximately 60 life coaches were to be involved.
In May 2005, intensive workshops, led by the charity Youth at Risk began. They included personal development sessions, fitness workshops and an introduction to dance. This was followed by a regular rehearsal process with BRB, which started in May 2005. This culminated in March 2006 with a mini dance performance, given by the young people, at the Drum in Birmingham.
Phase 1 of the project culminated on 1 April 2006 with a graduation ceremony. The young people are now involved with the final stages of phase 2. They are being taught the choreography for Romeo and Juliet by BRB staff including Desmond Kelly and Marion Tait; they have been taught about stage fighting for the battle; they have had costume fittings and dance demonstrations. Phase 2 will culminate on 28 September 2006 with a very special performance of Romeo and Juliet on the Hippodrome stage. Keep your eye on this website for more information.