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            On Show

If you love movement and dance than make sure you are at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 24 September at 3pm for what promises to be the dance of the year 2005


Feast you eyes on an array of exciting performances. With more than 25 acts and 700 performers of all ages there will be something for everyone to enjoy


On Show brings together performers from all over the UK to celebrate the diversity of exercise movement and dance. You are invited to share in the unique experience in the splendour of the Royal Albert Hall - an afternoon of fun and excitement is guaranteed!


From jazz to ballet, folk to ballroom, tap to salsa, contemporary to historical and Latin to sports acrobatics and more a fast moving and dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and vitality will unfold before your eyes


On Show opens up the world of movement and dance to you in one unforgettable experience. With only one performance, early booking is essential



Grand Tier/Loggia          25.00
Second Tier/Mid Stalls Choir/Stage 22.00
Front Stalls/Circle 15.00
Front Stalls/Circle (children 5 - 16 7.50


The Royal Albert Hall Box Office

Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP

Box Office 020 7589 8212

Online booking


Booking opens 1st May 2005

On Show is produced by the Movement and Dance Division of the CCPR. Early pioneers in community dance the Division acts to promote and encourage the enjoyment of exercise movement and dance for all.


Sunday November 21, 2004
The Observer

Royal Ballet reaches out to the East End's Billy Elliots
Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent

Ballet lessons and the middle classes go together like tutus and tights; that is the popular perception. Despite the beguiling tale told in the film Billy Elliot, of a miners' young son who takes up classical dance, it is still widely assumed a child has no chance of making it in ballet unless she or he lives in the Home Counties and is driven to weekly class in the family four-wheel drive.

Britain's Royal Ballet School believes it can turn this idea on its head. This week it is to launch a dance inclusion programme which will reach less affluent children in four new centres around Britain. To prove things are changing, the prestigious school, featured in Billy Elliot, has already selected two children from the East End of London to take up coveted places on its training scheme.

By coincidence, the young dancers, a boy and a girl, live just three streets away from each other in terraced houses in East Ham. With expert tuition and hard work they now stand as good a chance as children from more affluent backgrounds of one day stepping out on to the stage of the Royal Opera House.

Janine Cook, nine, and Ronnie Hudgell, 10, were picked for their potential and dedication to ballet through auditions for the ballet school's junior associate programme. They were initially encouraged to think seriously about careers in dance as a result of pioneering work at Brampton Manor School in East Ham, one of Europe's poorest inner-city areas.

'It gives us a chance to see more raw talent,' said the ballet school's Jacqui Dumont, who took her outreach team to East Ham. 'The school wrote to ask us to come along. They said they thought they might as well go straight to the top, but didn't expect us to reply. I was most impressed by what I found there. In fact, I felt quite emotional because this was a school with disciplinary problems but with a very enthusiastic head and an amazing dance teacher.'

The Royal Ballet's upper school, for over-16s, is based in new buildings attached to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, while the lower school, for children between 11 and 16, is housed in the White Lodge in Richmond Park.

'Janine was just going along to the audition for the experience,' said her mother, Sharon. 'So she was over the moon when she got in. I am so proud.'

She and Ronnie now both attend class on Saturday mornings. 'Janine actually misses it if she doesn't dance every day. She has always danced in front of anything she could see her reflection in, so we took her to local dance lessons at four,' said her mother, a teaching assistant who had not seen a ballet until she recently took her daughter to see Swan Lake and The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.

Ronnie's father, Paul, a salesman, said he and his wife, Dawn, were equally proud of their son. 'He loves it, he really does. It is great for Ronnie and for Janine. They are little East End kids, after all, from an area where there are plenty of hard knocks.'

'Dance is really fun,' said Ronnie, adding that while his friends didn't know much about ballet they were prepared to listen to him talking about it a lot.

COPYRIGHT 2004 Guardian Newspapers Limited



Thanks very much to Paul Hudgell

Ronnie's dad for all the information and




Pamela Bishop 2002 - 2006  All rights reserved


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