Attention students & teachers: our Patron and former Scholar, Brandon Lawrence is coordinating an online choreographic challenge, and you are invited to take part!
This challenge is open to all students that are currently taking classes with bbodance Registered Teachers and Associate Members. If your classes have stopped for the duration of the lockdown, don't worry — you can still enter the challenge.
Students of all ages, abilities, and genres are welcome. The only limit is your creativity.
To take part in Brandon's challenge, choose one of the three pieces of music linked below and fill in the registration form. The music has been commissioned by Brandon specifically for this project; no one has ever choreographed to it before. The only charge to enter the challenge is an admin fee of £5.
Please be mindful of your safety while choreographing your entry. This challenge is about creativity rather than pushing the boundaries of your body.
As long as you enter the challenge, whatever you submit, you will have won. Brandon will watch all submissions and select a clip from each; these will be edited together for a montage featuring the entire score. If you enter the challenge, you will be in that video.
In addition, there will also be one winner of the challenge for each piece of music, and there will be prizes too.
These winners will be announced on Monday, 14 July.
Are you ready?
Take a listen...
1 — the start
2 — lockdown
3 — hope
(Music by Andrew Kristy; photo by Johan Presson)
If you are, or have been, a professional dancer, and would like to pursue a Level 5 qualification in dance teaching, we are offering a 15% discount on our online course that starts this June.
Our course is not specific to a genre or syllabus; you can apply the skills you develop to teach any genre you choose. Modules include Curriculum Design, Assessment for Learning, and Teaching and Learning in Practice. Previous learning is recognised.
To further finance your education, you may also be eligible to apply for a Retraining Grant from Dancers Career Development.
To claim this offer, apply to the course before 15 June via the button below:
(Photo courtesy of our alumna, professional dancer, Soonja Lee. Read about her experience on our course.)
On our 90th anniversary weekend we were touched to receive messages from bbodance teachers, students, alumni, many friends we've made through the years, and, of course, our Chairman and our Patrons! Thank you to everyone who sent their warm wishes on this day — your support means the world to us.
Below are the messages we've received from bbodance Patrons, collated so you can see them all here. Happy birthday bbodance!
From bbodance President, Dame Beryl Grey, CH, DBE:
From Vice President, Sir David Bintley CBE:
From Mark Baldwin OBE:
From Martin James, Patron of bbodance Australasia:
From Brandon Lawrence:
From Bonnie Langford:
From Brenda Last OBE:
From Agnes Oaks CBE:
From Robert Parker:
From Gillian Revie, Patron of bbodance Australasia:
From Wayne Sleep OBE:
From Wendy Ellis Somes:
From Doreen Wells, Marchioness of Londonderry:
Read her full anniversary message.
The dates are...
Tuesday 26 May — North East & Scotland together
Wednesday 27 May — North West
Thursday 28 May — Wales & South West together
All meetings will be held from 2 to 3.30pm. The Tuesday and Thursday meetings will replace Julie's usual support meetings; there will be no Zoom support on Tuesday, 2 June (half term).
See you all soon 😊
Our latest video syllabus is here — Intermediate Classical Ballet!
This Vocational Graded Syllabus was created by Anne Heaton and John Field, CBE. The syllabus aims to develop students’ technical skills whilst adding musicality and artistry and preparing them for Level 4 work.
All bbodance Registered Teachers and Associate Members can access the syllabus via the link below:
If you're not registered with us and would like to watch the syllabus, contact us via the button below to receive a free Associate Membership from now until 1 September. This membership will grant you online access to all our syllabus resources, video and written.