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Freefall Dance Company
Freefall Dance Company, led by former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers and staff from Fox Hollies Performing Arts College, was established in 2002 evolving from a long-term partnership and ongoing relationship between the two organisations.
Freefall was formed to provide a training and performing platform for highly gifted young people of school leaving age, with severe learning difficulties. Initially formed with six dancers, the numbers increased to eight in 2003 and nine in 2007.
'Freefallers' are invited to join the company in recognition of their talent, creativity and enthusiasm for dance, shown within a wide range of curricular and out of hours work with Birmingham Royal Ballet. The company meets once a week, and for intensive periods during holiday times, at Birmingham Royal Ballet's studios. The two-hour sessions are divided equally each beginning with ballet technique training and closing with choreographic work for forthcoming performances. Freefall's approach works at dovetailing the best of community dance practice with its principles of empowerment, creativity and ownership with the best that ballet can offer with its pillars of tradition, attention to detail and discipline.
Freefall dancers gain accreditation for their skills and knowledge through Freefall's own Open College Network qualification 'Excellence in Ballet' and the Arts Council England's National Arts Award. Freefall dancers are frequent visitors to Birmingham Royal Ballet's performances.
The company has created an extensive and varied repertory and they perform regularly at professional venues across the city.
January 2011 update
June 2009 update
Freefall update winter 2009
Freefall at Artsfest 2008
Freefall season review 2007
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