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Happy birthday Project B!

01 Jun 2018

Project B celebrates its first birthday today with the release of a new film charting the dance journey of hundreds of boys and young men over the last year.

Since its launch in June 2017, Project B has hosted 13 ‘boys only’ events with 465 participants and has allocated £7,500 in bursaries to support male dancers and teachers.

A three-year campaign designed to celebrate and inspire the next generation of male dancers, Project B was born out of a recognition that boys are underrepresented in the dance studio. In ballet, for example, less than 2% of RAD exam students at Grade 1 are male.

The campaign has seen a series of initiatives - from new bursaries, to additional ‘boys only’ dance activities in the UK and Australia, to new choreography by RAD Male Dance Ambassador Iain Mackay.

The project has even reached into India, with a successful pilot of Changing Moves, Changing Minds. Funded by the British Council, this is an expansion of the RAD's collaboration with Marylebone Cricket Club in London schools in 2017. This seeks to challenge gender stereotypes through the unique fusion of cricket coaching and dance teaching. It was also the highlight of the British Council’s recent presence at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Upcoming events and developments

Plans to continue to celebrate male dancers as part of Project B are well advanced, including:

Read more about Project B and keep in touch with developments by signing up to our mailing list and keep up to date with our male dance activities.

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Lindsey Cork says:
06 Jun 2018 14:40
My son is 17 and will finish a 2 year BTEC professional dance course later this month.

His passion is ballet and tap. Do you have any courses or advice for him to further his dancing dream?
Ria Sarantaridou says:
07 Jun 2018 10:15
Hi Lindsey,
We are not a vocational school but if he would like to turn his passion into teaching, then we have a variety of dance teaching degrees he can apply for, see here https://www.royalacademyofdance.org/study/higher-education. If he is after a performing career, then he will have to audition for dance colleges or dance companies. He might also like to look at joining a CAT programme for performance exposure and wider training. Our London Boys Only! partners, The Place and Laban, are CAT centres. If you need more advice, you could also email courses@rad.org.uk.

Best of luck!
Ria
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