Royal Opera House teach dance to kids

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Children at a primary school in Daventry are working on a new partnership project with the prestigious Royal Opera House in London.

The Year Four pupils from The Grange School in the town have been working with the opera house in Covent Garden.

The school has been selected to be a part of the Royal Opera House’ Schools Dance Dynamic Project.

This has seen pupils visit the venue to see the Royal Ballet perform Onegin at the start of the year.

And on Wednesday last week, dance practitioners attended the school to help the children produce their own dance routines based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Next month will see the children performing the dance they have been working on at the Royal Opera House.

It has been a rare opportunity for the school to get involved in this kind of project as they were among a handful of schools in the country to take part.

Teacher Pauline Banks said: “The children have been able to work with other schools across the country we are the only school north of London. They have had the experience of visiting the Royal Opera House and performing there in July an experience many dancers would wait a life time for.

“The children are inspired by what we have seen and done so far and the project is excellent and all children from Year 4 will be involved.”