With the reopening of theatres fast approaching, Theatre at the Mill is championing the return of young dancers throughout Northern Ireland by launching their weeklong Professional Ballet Lab, 19-24 July 2021.
The first of its kind in Northern Ireland, it will be run by homegrown professional ballet dancer, Ruaidhrí Maguire. After dancing around the world including Canada and America, Ruaidhrí is now a soloist dancer with the Baltic Opera Ballet in Gdansk, Poland and is passionate about giving back to the younger generation in Northern Ireland. ‘Ballet and dance in general is slowly starting to grow at home with more dancers attending vocational schools across the water and it has always been a goal of mine to bring back my experiences and what I have learned over the years to help advance the training here in NI.’
Bernard Clarkson, Theatre Manager added: ‘Providing creative and artistic opportunities to young people is central to the work delivered by our Theatres and Arts Development Service. I am delighted to be able to provide young people from Northern Ireland with the opportunity to work closely with Ruaidhri, a professional classical dancer/choreographer of stature and experience’ .
The course runs from 19th – 24th July and is aimed towards young dancers who are driven, passionate about dance, and interested in finding out what it is like to work as a professional. Exploring some of the most famous classical solo parts and delving into new, modern ballet, this is a course that promises to break new ground for the young dancers of NI.