Dance Track is a talent identification programme aimed at training young dancers aged from six to eight. The project endeavours to identify and train young participants showing a potential for ballet and to instill a passion for dance at an early age.
Initially, the Department for Learning works with over 30 schools across the north and south of Birmingham and delivers workshops to all Year 1 pupils. The workshops introduce dance in a fun and friendly way that is accessible to even the most hesitant dancer!
Every year 80 children who show a talent for dance are invited to join the Dance Track programme. The participants, who often may not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in dance, are given free weekly ballet lessons taught by Birmingham Royal Ballet staff. Throughout the year they are invited to Birmingham Royal Ballet to have a look behind the scenes and to meet Company dancers, and are offered tickets to see Birmingham Royal Ballet performances at Birmingham Hippodrome. The activities offered are designed to introduce the young participants and their families to ballet and to incite an interest in the art form.
'Dance Track has completely changed his attitude. He’s far more outspoken now. In fact, his teacher says that he keeps her on her toes when it comes to answering questions in class. It’s given him the opportunity to bond with different people in a different environment. He really looks up to the dancers and he’s made some wonderful friends. I have never seen him so punctual. He could never be bothered to go to football but he’s always at ballet workshops on time. He practices at home too which is something he never did when he took kick-boxing lessons. It’s nice to see him doing something constructive with his time.' Dance Track North Parent, 2011
'She has thoroughly enjoyed her time with you and learnt so much. Your enthusiasm and love for dance is contagious and we feel sure it will stay with our daughter throughout her life' Dance Track Parent