Here in the Education Department at Warwick Arts Centre, we’ve been celebrating some very good news: at the start of this month, the Boys Dancing project received crucial new funding from Arts Council England to reach even more boys and young men across the West Midlands and introduce them to the world of dance.
Boys Dancing is a project between Warwick Arts Centre and Beingfrank Physical Theatre, who have been working together on dance projects since 2005. We’re really proud of what the lads of the West Midlands made in 2012 as part of the area’s cultural programme for the Olympic year. If you haven’t seen our six dance films, The Quiet Man Suite, you can see them all over on the Boys Dancing website. In the wake of its huge success, there was a real desire among all of us to continue the momentum of this project. To this end, Dave McKennna, Artistic Director of Beingfrank, made a Grants for the Arts bid to Arts Council England in an attempt to secure funding to further develop the work. Earlier this month, we received the news that the bid had been a success and that the hugely rewarding Boys Dancing work would continue.
So this week, we have just got our dance artists together for the first day of Research and Development for this year’s work, and I can’t tell you how excited we are that Boys Dancing is up and running again. After such success, of course we wanted to do more. We’ll keep you up to date with progress – just keep your eyes open for a huge performance in the Butterworth Hall in February!