Narrative ballets need boys, but too often boys drop out simply because they find themselves alone in a room full of girls and think ‘maybe not’. Ballet schools frequently explain to LCB that they struggle to attract or retain boys. Our Ballet for Boys programme developed to complement each boy’s regular ballet classes and to inspire them to continue with ballet.
Ballet for Boys is a specialist programme for boys aged 9-16, which enables boys to train in an all-male environment, led by an inspiring professional male dancer. The classes take place on Sunday afternoons between January and April. Participants continue with their regular ballet classes, and the Ballet for Boys programme aims to enrich and enhance their weekly training. We accept referrals from all ballet schools as well as self-referrals.
This season, the classes will be led by Erico Montes, an exceptional First Artist with The Royal Ballet and choreographer of LCB's The Secret Garden 2013 and Nanny McPhee 2014. Erico has amazing energy and is a wonderful teacher.
Boys training with LCB advance quickly when they have the opportunity to study with other boys who share their love of dance, and many of them go on to dance in the LCB company.
It's rare to have more than one boy in a ballet class of 30. Forming this large male-only group showed them that they're not alone
Neil Westmoreland, former Ballet for Boys teacher