Ballet stars come to town

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HUNDREDS of Mansfield school pupils will take part in an innovative dance project with The Royal Ballet School this month.

The ‘primarySTEPS’ programme begins its third year in Mansfield with a special day of ballet demonstrations for 181 aspiring young dancers on 18th October.

Year Three pupils from five Mansfield primary schools will gather at The Manor Academy in Mansfield Woodhouse for a rare opportunity to see the athleticism and artistry of top ballet students.

The pupils will also have the opportunity to experience the positions and movements of ballet for themselves by having a go on stage.

The primaries taking part are St Edmunds, Northfield, Peafield Lane, Robin Hood and Leas Park schools.

The primarySTEPS programme touches the lives of more than 2,000 young people throughout England each year.

At the end of the six-week course, 25 of the most talented pupils will be invited to further their new-found skills by joining free weekly primarySTEPS classes, hosted by The Manor Academy, for up to four years.

After the four years, the aspiring young dancers will be advised on how to continue their dance training and some could be invited to audition for The Royal Ballet School’s highly regarded Junior Associate programme.