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LCB2 Tour: Bringing joy to new friends

Posted on Tuesday 30th September, 2014
The first thing you notice when dancing for children in SEN schools is the noise.  While elderly people sit silently, we performed in a room where the children wail and shout with excitement.  One little girl in the corner, sitting in her special chair, screamed at the top of her voice for the whole of our performance.  When I went to talk to her afterwards her carer explained that she only screamed when she was overjoyed with excitement and happiness. I was overwhelmed by our audience, a sea of…

Introducing the 2015 creative team...

Posted on Tuesday 30th September, 2014
We are delighted to announce that the choreographer for our upcoming season, Snow White, will be Jenna Lee, who will be working alongside ballet mistress and friend Amy Hollins. With a glowing endorsement from LCB’s Patron Lauren Cuthbertson, Jenna joins LCB having created exciting pieces for some of the UK’s most stunning Principal classical dancers, as well as more unusual projects working alongside groups such as the street dance crew, Flawless. Jenna danced with English National Ballet unti…

LCB2: Summer School

Posted on Thursday 4th September, 2014
The Mamma Mia workshop on day one of Junior Summer School set the tone for the rest of the week - high spirits, endless energy and Abba on repeat! From classical ballet to contemporary, jazz and musical theatre, Fiona Chadwick brought together a wonderful mix of dance professionals to inspire our dancers throughout the week. New friendships were quickly made as they enthusiastically chatted about their classes, cartwheeled around the playground at lunchtime and practiced steps they had learnt to…

LCB: Spider-Man spins webs in South Rise Primary

Posted on Thursday 12th June, 2014
After a year of LCB’s Dance Inspire weekly ballet classes, Year 4 of South Rise Primary had the opportunity to showcase their newfound talents to their teachers and parents at their end of year ballet show. With only a few moments before parents started to arrive, the children hurriedly added the finishing touches to their costumes and make-up (some of the boys grumbling that the girls’ costumes were more sparkly than theirs!) and they wished each other good luck – “toi, toi, toi!” Soon every s…

LCB2: Ciara's first day

Posted on Wednesday 11th June, 2014
Today I did the first day of the LCB2 Tour this year. We finished rehearsals yesterday after 5 days and performed to our parents. Today I went to the Meadbank Nursing Home in Battersea and the Ross Wyld care home in Walthamstow. We performed Nanny McPhee as a ballet to the residents staying there. My parts were the Cook, Magic Dust and a Nanny. While I am performing it brings me such joy to see them smile and enjoy themselves, this is what I love about the tour. And although they may not be abl…

LCB2: Bringing smiles to lonely souls

Posted on Monday 9th June, 2014
No West End stage for us.  No lights, no make up, no live orchestra, no dimmed auditorium and rustle of programmes and sweet wrappers by an expectant audience.  Our stage is not nearly so glamorous.  A communal carpeted living room in a care home, our props neatly ready in the makeshift wings.  Our audience though is just as expectant.  Elderly residents, much older than I imagined, sitting patiently as we arrive. The room is packed.  An elderly lady in her best floral blouse comes shuffling in…

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