Brandon Lawrence hosts BBODance Choreography Challenge to stimulate students' creativity during lockdown
Originally from Bradford, Principal dancer Brandon Lawrence was trained by a bbodance teacher and was one of the organisation's top students, a bbodance Scholar, prior to being accepted into The Royal Ballet School. Brandon has been especially committed to working with bbodance since becoming its youngest Patron two years ago he has taught students, inspired graduates, and gained the esteem of longstanding bbodance supporters.
Brandon has launched an online choreography challenge to stimulate students' creativity and support their psychological wellbeing during lockdown. Dance schools across the world are closed and events, exams, and auditions postponed. Despite the proactive attitude of many dance teachers who now deliver online classes, many students report feeling lonely and missing what they call their 'dance families'.
'I felt it was extremely important to connect the bbodance family during this challenging time, especially since Dance Days was postponed. Everyone was looking forward to it. Many professional dancers and companies have been creating dance online; I wanted to make it extra special for bbodance members to be part of their very own piece of original dance. Let your creativity run wild!'
The Online Choreographic Challenge is open to students of bbodance teachers from across the world; all genres, ages, and abilities are welcome. Students have to express what lockdown means to them by choreographing one of three pieces of music commissioned from composer Andrew Kristy for this challenge. Entries close on 3 July. Details can be found here.
Brandon will edit all submissions into a film illustrating the students' collective experience; in addition, there will be a winner for each of the three pieces of music. Winners will receive special prizes delivered in partnership with Dansez, the sustainable dancewear brand that fights marine pollution.