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~Barnsley Academy students picked to perform at Manchester’s Dance House~

Leading dance company BalletBoyz turned to Barnsley Academy when it needed performers for a specialist dance project.

As part of the project, which is backed by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation,a group of dancers from the Academy were selected to take part in the project, which saw themreceive training from some of the best dancers in the country.

The BalletBoyz team also helped the aspiring dancers with the choreography of an original piece, which the students performed at the Dance House in Manchester on Monday (16thApril). 

Commented Barnsley Academy Principal Mr Stephen Dixon:

“To have been chosen to work with such a renowned company as BalletBoyz is an honour in itself, but to then have had the opportunity to actually perform at the Dance House in Manchester has been the icing on the cake for our students. A huge ‘well done and congratulations’ to all involved in what has been an incredibly inspirational experience.”

For further information about this press release, please contact Nigel Barber on 07590 806 143.




BalletBoyz was co-founded in 2000 by ex-Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. For ten years the company performed around the world and won numerous awards and accolades working with leading dancers, choreographers and designers. In 2005 BalletBoyz became Associate Artists at Sadler’s Wells, an appointment which was followed by shows Naked (2005), Encore (2006) and Greatest Hits! (2008). 2010 saw the first edition of the groundbreaking project theTALENT, in which eight young male dancers were selected from a variety of backgrounds. The dancers were coached and mentored to create a company of first-class contemporary ballet performers. Now in its eighteenth year, the company has expanded to ten dancers and regularly tours both nationally and internationally. In 2013, BalletBoyz won the National Dance Award for Best Independent Company. 

As well an extensive repertoire of stage works, BalletBoyz have created numerous arts documentaries for television including BalletBoyz I & II, Strictly Bolshoi, The Royal Ballet in Cuba, BalletBoyz: The Next Generation and BalletBoyz: The Rite of Spring, as well as forty short films for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand. They have won numerous awards for their film work, including an International Emmy, Rose d’Or and Golden Prague.

​BalletBoyz continue to inspire, educate and showcase dance in the best possible ways, touring the world to bring their creations to as wide an audience as possible

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