The Bradford-born dancer, recently acclaimed for his debut in Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardée, was trained by bbodance teacher Andie Nydza and was one of the organisation's elite students, a bbodance Scholar, prior to being accepted into The Royal Ballet School. For him, the announcement reinforces his continued commitment to bbodance.
For bbodance, the return of its exceptional student is the culmination of a very strong year, as the international dance awarding organisation, mainly based in the United Kingdom and Australasia, continues to attract the attention and support of leading names in the dance industry due to high-quality syllabi (most recently, Musical Theatre & Contemporary Dance), flexible examinations, and teacher training applicable to all genres.
Recent bbodance Patrons include the former Artistic Director of the UK’s leading contemporary dance company, Rambert, Mark Baldwin OBE, the Australasian Judge of the UK's favourite dance show, Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood, and the Artistic Director of the elite Birmingham ballet school, Elmhurst, Robert Parker. A long-time supporter of bbodance, Mr Parker strengthens the organisation's ties with Birmingham, where its main events for students and teachers are held.
Brandon Lawrence: "I’m extremely proud to become a Patron of bbodance. The organisation has given me numerous opportunities to learn and develop the skills that I needed to become the dancer I am today. I look forward to supporting bbodance just as it has supported me for many years. [BRB Artistic Director, David Bintley CBE] said this is a great honour for someone so young; I’m very touched by this recognition."
"We're thrilled that Brandon has agreed to be a Patron," stated bbodance CEO, Robin Bloor. "Brandon trained with a bbodance teacher from the age of 8; my predecessor, John Travis, had the foresight in 2005 to recognise his talent and urge him to audition for our elite programme, the bbodance Scholars. It's fantastic to see one of our star pupils making such an impact. I know Brandon is particularly proud of his bbodance heritage and is a fantastic role model; because of this, he will certainly help our mission to inspire excellence in dance and strengthen our ties with our second home, Birmingham."