Pupils put their best foot forward

The Royal Ballet visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach to put on a display for junior school pupils, as well as invite a lucky few on stage with them.'Royal Ballet dancers Calvin Richardson and Giordana Gallo, junior school members Jacob Tidmarsh, Tristan Hayden, Mia Bailey and Vlada Kotter with some of the audience.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-10-2013
The Royal Ballet visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach to put on a display for junior school pupils, as well as invite a lucky few on stage with them.'Royal Ballet dancers Calvin Richardson and Giordana Gallo, junior school members Jacob Tidmarsh, Tristan Hayden, Mia Bailey and Vlada Kotter with some of the audience. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-10-2013
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Hands up, who wants to be a ballet dancer?

Schoolchildren have been inspired to learn the athletic moves and elegant poise of professional dancers after watching a display by The Royal Ballet School.

More than 300 Year Three children from Revoe, Bispham Endowed, Devonshire, Layton and Anchorsholme primary schools visited The Globe Theatre, at the Pleasure Beach, for the masterclass yesterday.

Teachers and musicians from the Royal Ballet School’s Dance Partnership and Access Programme showed youngsters the athleticism and artistry of ballet dancers before letting them try out positions and movements themselves.

Natalie Dean, a Year Three teacher at Devonshire Primary School, said: “It was brilliant. The children are amazed by the dancers.

“They got a lot out of seeing the performance, it’s something really different for them and giving them that opportunity.”

Eight dancers, including two final year students and six younger ones, showed the Blackpool children the kind of work they do during their school day.

The children will go on to have six weeks of training from the primarySTEPS program, and teachers say it even appeals to the boys.

Ms Dean added: “Some of the boys were unsure at first but, especially from seeing them perform, they see it’s not just for girls.”

The 25 most promising young ballet dancers from Blackpool schools will be invited to continue free weekly classes, hosted by Bispham High School, for up to four years and will get advice and support from the ballet school.

Students from previous years have gone on to perform at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden after joining the primarySTEPS programme.

Pupils at the primary school on Devonshire Road are now rehearsing to stage a performance of their routines for parents later this term.