WALES SUMMER DANCE & WALES INTERNATIONAL BALLET SUMMER SCHOOL (WIBSS)

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Join Ballet Cymru at The Riverfront Theatre this summer on our creative ballet courses led by the dancers, directors, and guest teachers of the company. 

 The series of courses are designed to accommodate a range of levels and experience in ballet, from grade work standard right up to professional level. Courses 1, 3, 4 and 5 include ballet technique class, ballet repertoire and creative choreography. Courses 4 and 5 may also include pointe work, technique coaching, pas de deux, contemporary classes, conditioning and stretching. The participants of the WIBSS will be working with Ballet Cymru Resident Choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis and have classes led by Ballet Cymru Directors and Associate Artistic Director Marc Brew. 

The Inclusive Creative Course is a fun filled week exploring different dance styles and ways of moving and creating together. There is more emphasis on enabling the creative choices of the participants rather than replicating set movements and so the course is accessible to dancers who are physically or cognitively disabled. Anyone needing additional support should have the persons of support participating with them on the course. 

There will be a performance of work created throughout the week on the final day of the courses. This performance will be at The Riverfront and will be free for friends and family to attend. 

Ballet Cymru is an inclusive company and welcomes applications from young dancers with disabilities or from protected characteristics.

Ballet Cymru will be running these courses in accordance with government guidelines at the time of the course to ensure the safety of all participants and course leaders. If accepted onto the course, you will be sent a copy of the Covid measures we are taking which you will be expected to adhere to unless exempt.

Participants will be accepted onto the courses on a first come first served basis, depending on their experience and suitability for the course. We may suggest a different course to that applied for based on what we deem most appropriate for the participant. 

More details on each course are listed below. To apply, please complete the application form stating the course you wish to participate in and return the form to Louise Lloyd – louiselloyd@welshballet.co.uk no later than Monday 27th June 2022. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Please note that you may not receive an immediate response, but we will get back to you as soon as possible. Places are limited, so apply quickly to avoid disappointment!

Week One at The Riverfront Theatre, Newport

Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July 2022

Ballet Course 1

Open to those with some ballet experience (Age 10+)

9.30am-12.30pm daily. 9.30am-3.00pm Friday with performance at 3.00pm

Ballet technique class followed by ballet repertoire 

and creative choreography. 

No pointe work experience necessary for this course.

Course fee: £100 

(£170 for Junior Ballet Course + Inclusive Creative Course)

Inclusive Creative Course 2

Open to all dancers of any experience and ability (Recommended Age 8+)

1.30pm-4.30pm daily, 11am-3.00pm Friday with performance at 3.00pm 

A fun, creative and inclusive dance course for all dancers. 

Course fee: £100 

(£170 for Junior Ballet Course + Inclusive Creative Course)

Ballet Course 3

Elementary/Intermediate level (Age 12+)

9.30am-5.00pm daily, Performance on Friday at 3.00pm. 

Daily ballet technique class, Ballet Cymru repertoire, pointe & strengthening, pas de deux training, and creative choreography. 

Please list pointe experience in application.

Course fee: £180

Week Two at The Riverfront Theatre, Newport

Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August 2022

Ballet Course 4

Open to advanced dancers and vocational students (Age 15+)

9.30am-5.30pm daily, Performance on Friday at 6.00pm. 

Daily classical company class with the dancers of Ballet Cymru, followed by sessions in pointe, coaching, pas de deux, repertoire, and a new work choreographed on the course participants.

Please send dance photographs of choice or a link/video of class or solo work with your application for this course.

Course fee: £200

Wales International Ballet Summer School (Course 5)

Open to professional/graduate dancers 

and those in their final year of training (Age 17+)

9.30am-5.30pm, Performance on Friday at 6.00pm. 

Daily classical company class with the Artistic Directors and guest teachers of Ballet Cymru, followed by sessions in pointe, coaching, pas de deux, repertoire, and a new work choreographed on the course participants by Marcus Jarrell Willis (see below for more info).

Please send dance photographs of choice or a link/video of class or solo work with your application for this course.

Course fee: £250

Payment and Scholarships:

If the cost of the course is a barrier for you, please do not let it stop you applying. If accepted, we can offer different payment and/or scholarship options. We want the enjoyment of ballet to be accessible to all. 

Stanley Hawkins Bursary – WIBSS: 

Every year, the London Ballet Circle funds a Stanley Hawkins Bursary for one participant attending the Wales International Ballet Summer School. The bursary is for £500 to cover the the cost of the course and accommodation (within a budget). Please note that the bursary does not cover travel, food and living costs. If you would like to be considered to be the recipient for this bursary, please submit a letter of consideration to Louise Lloyd along with your application form. In the letter you should include your current position in training or work, the direction you would like to take next, why you would like to attend the Wales International Ballet Summer School and how the bursary would enable this opportunity.

Marcus Jarrell Willis 

Marcus Jarrell Willis has performed with RIOULT, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza, Ailey II and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Commissions, residencies and film creations include works for Ailey II, TU Dance, NY Choreographer Institute, with dancers of New York City Ballet, Ballet Cymru, The Juilliard School, Purchase Conservatory of Dance, The Ailey School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts, Rubicon Dance and COCA, among others. His creation, Sensible Existence, gained him recognition as Best Choreographer in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities. Willis was the 2018/19 Leverhulme Choreography Fellow at Rambert Dance in London, during which time he completed the evening length solo creation POM/POM, Portrait of Man/ Pieces of Me and created work with selected dancers of Rambert 2. In 2021, he was name Resident Choreographer for Ballet Cymru, and is continuing the journey of building choreographic works for his independent dance performance project, MJ Willis Project-Inc.

Marc Brew

Acclaimed International disabled choreographer, Artistic Director and dancer, Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for over 20 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company and AXIS Dance Company. Marc was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and his recent choreographic commissions include San Francisco Ballet School, Dancing Wheels, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru (Wales), YDance (Scotland), AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA) and Scottish Dance Theatre (Scotland). Marc was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016.

Marc is currently Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company and Associate Artistic Director at Ballet Cymru.

TO APPLY

Application forms are available in English and Welsh, for a form and to apply, please contact: louiselloyd@welshballet.co.uk

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