Wimbledon Pupils Tread The Royal Festival Boards

They take part in the Rambert Experience Day

Wimbledon pupils were among those given the chance to perform at the Royal Festival Hall during the Rambert Experience Day hosted by the Rambert dance company.

Nearly 200 nine to 16-year-olds danced at the Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom on London’s Southbank to a 250-strong audience.

Supported by the Taylor Family Foundation, the young people took part in seven weekly workshops at their schools to create a performance inspired by Rambert’s repertoire of contemporary dance works. This year, the chosen works were Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances and Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva.

Pupils from the following Merton schools - Ursuline High School, Rutlish School, St Mark’s Academy, Raynes Park High School, Links Primary School, Bond Primary School and special educational needs schools, Perseid and Cricket Green School - all then showcased their work in a performance at the Clore Ballroom.

The workshops and performance are part of The Rambert Imprints schools programme of dance, performance and learning activity and give young people experience in working with a professional performing arts company.

Head of Learning and Participation at Rambert, Julia Fitzelle said: “Rambert has a deep commitment to working with young people, using the company’s rich history to inspire creativity and expression. The aim of the Imprints programme is not only to give high quality learning experiences but also to broaden horizons, seeking to engage those for whom taking part can be the most meaningful way of connecting with dance.

“Thanks to the support from the Taylor Family Foundation, we have been able to continue working with Merton for a third year. It has been wonderful to celebrate the diverse cultures of the schools and participants involved, one of whom described the experience as ‘Triple spectacular, double awesome, stupendous, wonderful, unique.”

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April 5, 2017

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