Birmingham Royal Ballet takes flight with city’s airport

Published: 7 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Birmingham Royal Ballet staff and members of the Freefall Dance Company at Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Airport began a year-long partnership with an event showcasing the talent of the BRB programme Freefall Dance Company.

Freefall, created in 2002, comprises 10 adults with severe learning disabilities. The partnership will also focus on BRB’s Dance Track talent identification programme which aims to identify and train youngsters who show a potential for ballet.

Each year, Dance Track invites 80 children to join the programme. The youngsters, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to take part in dance, are given free weekly ballet lessons by Birmingham Royal Ballet staff.

Birmingham Airport will provide funding to enable a school in the north east of Birmingham to join the Dance Track programme.

Caroline Miller OBE, chief executive officer of Birmingham Royal Ballet, said about the partnership, “we know that together we will make a real difference to our community and continue to change lives through dance.”