Autumn 2014 has been a rewarding time for primarySTEPS around the country. A team of 30 dedicated and talented workshop leaders and musicians have been busy delivering creative introduction to ballet workshops for Year 3 pupils in all our 27 primary schools. Each Year 3 class took part in six workshops over six weeks, exploring aspects of ballet both technically and creatively; they all produced some diverse and wonderful dances which they proudly performed to family and schoolmates during the final class. It has been great to see all the children grow in confidence and increase their dance and listening skills week on week.
The same Year 3 pupils in each area were also treated to a demonstration of Royal Ballet School training by some of our oldest Upper School students and our youngest Junior Associate students. This is always a really enjoyable day out for them, which we call ‘primarySTEPS on tour’! They had great fun talking to the Year 3 audience and showing them key elements of the ballet class; the audience responded with enthusiasm, pleased to recognise steps and concepts they were exploring in their primarySTEPS workshops.
The Royal Ballet School worked with a total of 1,522 children this autumn, all of whom received a primarySTEPS poster and, following the demonstration, a Ballet Basics leaflet describing key elements of ballet training. Approximately four children in every class of 30 were invited to a final ID workshop in their local area. This was a great chance for children from all the participating schools to meet one another and to enjoy showing off their skills. As a consequence, 26 children in each area have accepted places in their local primarySTEPS Level 1 after school class, joining Year 4, 5 & 6 children already on the programme in Levels 2 & 3. We look forward to welcoming them to class in January 2015.