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Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer “inspires” students and teachers

Published: 10 May 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first soloist Brandon Lawrence is said to have inspired both students and teachers at Dance Days ’19, the biggest event of the year held by bbodance (British Ballet Organisation).

Lawrence, principal dancer of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast which finished a national tour earlier in 2019, judged the event’s group dance competition with BRB principal Delia Matthews, also a former scholar.

Dance Days is bbodance's biggest annual event for students and teachers. It consists of three days of intensive classes for students aged 8 to 18 in musical theatre, contemporary, jazz, ballet, commercial and creative dance which are held alongside courses for dance teachers.

BRB company principals Samara Downs and Tzu-Chao Chou were among the teachers. The event closed with an awards ceremony which was attended by bbodance patron and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Dance Days is about bringing together dance students and teachers to learn about their favourite art form side by side—it’s about expanding their creativity and inspiring them to become the best performers they can be,” said bbodance head of membership Julie Bowers who co-ordinated the event.

It was held at Birmingham ballet school Elmhurst, with people attending from as far away as Australia and Zambia. Dance Days will return to Birmingham in April 2020 for a special edition celebrating the 90th year of bbodance.