Happy birthday Project B!
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.
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:
- a special Alexander Campbell Masterclass at RAD HQ on Sunday 3 June
- the confirmed return of Boys DANCE 19 (Australia) and the Project B Dance Challenge (UK) in 2019
- more new bursaries, including schemes to support GCSE and A level students, and both UK and non-UK male applicants to the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies
- the awarding of the QEII Coronation Award to Carlos Acosta in October 2018, and
- more special activities to inspire male dancers.