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The countdown to the end of Ballet Hoo! is now complete. However, you can still learn more about BRB and ballet by reading any of the 36 articles that marked the passing days by clicking here Click here for an update on what happened after the final programme

Programme 4

Saturday 7 October, 6.55pm

After 18 months of hard work and heartache, the Big Night finally arrives.


Programme 3

Wednesday 4 October, 10pm

There are only a few weeks left for the ballet virgins of the Ballet Hoo! Company. The bar is raised and rehearsals gather pace.


Programme 1

Wednesday 20 September, 10pm

Meet the participants in this project as they embark on the gruelling 18-month task to transform their lives so they can cope with the disciplined world of the dancer.


Programme 2

Wednesday 27 September, 10pm

Around 200 teenagers from some of the most disadvantaged parts of the West Midlands are making an extraordinary journey. Can the strict discipline of ballet can help them transform their lives?


Ballet Hoo! index

Countdown to the performance

Project timeline

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
Birmingham Royal Ballet's project partners

Press and media coverage of the project

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Ballet Hoo!

An update on what's happened since the project can be found further down the page.

In late 2004, Birmingham Royal Ballet joined forces with Channel 4, Youth at Risk, the local authorities of Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton, and the television production company Diverse to set local young people a challenge of a lifetime. Supported by amongst others, Arts Council England, Black Country Connexions and Alexander Mann, the programme asked, 'Do they have what it takes to perform live on stage, to a packed audience, with a cast of professional dancers and musicians in Kenneth MacMillanís acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet?'

Ballet Hoo! was not a competition. There were no rounds of auditions, no elimination process and no search for an overall winner. What Ballet Hoo! offered was the very real and unique opportunity for around 100 young people, aged between 15 and 19, from a variety of backgrounds to train and perform alongside ballet professionals, led by Birmingham Royal Balletís Assistant Director Desmond Kelly.

Social and youth work professionals sought and encouraged young people from their local areas to participate and discover whether they could influence their own futures through the challenging and intense discipline of ballet. Their every move, moan and milestone was captured by the cameras and then turned into a four-part series, which was broadcast from 20 September 2006, culminating in a live performance at Birmingham Hippodrome the same month.

This 18-month long project combined ballet and the arts, fitness, personal development training and life coaching to enable the young people to develop skills intended to help them enhance their own lives.

All information from the project and those involved is still available here in the Ballet Hoo! section of the BRB website, so if you want to find out more, feel free to explore.

Update: Details of what happened after the project can be found in the 'News and features' section of the website. Click here find out more.

A number of people have contacted Birmingham Royal Ballet enquiring if they can purchase a DVD of the television series. The answer regrettably is that the documentary was produced, and copyright is owned, by Diverse TV and Channel 4, and at present they have no plans to produce a DVD of the series.

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