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 LEAP team works with over 40 schools across the north, south and centre 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 wouldn't otherwise have an 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 is generously supported by The Linbury Trust and The Clore Duffield Foundation. We are also grateful for the support received from The Calleva Foundation, Scops Arts Trust, The Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust, M K Rose Charitable Trust, The Saintbury Trust, The Uncle Bill Trust, Baron Davenport’s Charity, The Peter and Teresa Harris Charitable Trust, The Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust and Teresa Sanminiatelli.
‘My daughter was thrilled to be chosen for the Dance Track programme. Over the last two years I’ve seen an improvement in her dance technique, confidence, posture and performance ability. I’d recommend that any child offered a place takes the opportunity.’Dance Track Parent
'An amazing programme that has allowed my timid and shy daughter to become more confident and come out of her shell. Her core strength and posture has vastly improved and the programme has been amazing, even through the pandemic.'Dance Track Parent
'Going to ballet classes has made him more composed, organised and joyful. He would never want to be late for class and his physical strength and confidence has grown. He loves to dance at home and improvise with his dance moves.'Dance Track Parent