Narrative ballets need boys, but too often boys drop out simply because they find themselves alone in a room full of girls and think ‘maybe not’. Ballet schools frequently explain to LCB that they struggle to attract or retain boys. Our Ballet for Boys programme developed to complement each boy’s regular ballet classes and to inspire them to continue with ballet.
Ballet for Boys is a specialist programme for boys aged 9-16, which enables boys to train in an all-male environment, led by an inspiring professional male dancer. The classes take place on Sunday afternoons between January and April. Participants continue with their regular ballet classes, and the Ballet for Boys programme aims to enrich and enhance their weekly training. We accept referrals from all ballet schools as well as self-referrals.
In 2020 the classes will be led by James Lovell. James graduated a year early from Elmhurst Ballet School to make his debut with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake 2018/19 tour as The Prince. James is also an LCB Alumni dancing in Nanny McPhee 2014, Snow White 2015 and Little Lord Fauntleroy 2016. James has amazing energy and an inspiring teacher teacher.
Boys training with LCB advance quickly when they have the opportunity to study with other boys who share their love of dance, and many of them go on to dance in the LCB company.
Fee: £90 (£11.25 per class for 8 classes)
We have a limited grants in cases of families in financial need so that nobody misses this wonderful opportunity to attend a boys-only class.
Classes will be held on Sundays March to May:
Group 1: 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Group 2: 1:15pm- 2:30pm
Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd March
19th and 26 April
3rd and 17th May
It's rare to have more than one boy in a ballet class of 30. Forming this large male-only group showed them that they're not alone
Neil Westmoreland, former Ballet for Boys teacher