Professional dancer steps in at Keynsham classes

Published on: 09 Nov 2012

Professional dancer steps in at Keynsham classes

Youngsters at a Keynsham dance school have had a masterclass in ballet from a former Royal Ballet School head boy, who has since performed with prestigious companies around the world. Michael Berkin in Keynsham

Dancers from the Keyford Dancing School took part in classes led by Michael Berkin, who has performed with the Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and the Northern Ballet.

The youngsters learnt dances from famous ballets, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia and La Fille Mal Gardee during the lessons held at Keynsham’s Fear Hall last month.

They were also joined by pupils from the Avon Dance Academy and Chew Valley Dancing School.

A spokesperson for the dance school said it was the second visit from Mr Berkin and more classes with him were planned in the future.

“This is an amazing opportunity for pupils, not only to be taught by a professional who has danced in such prestigious ballet companies, but to be given an insight into the life of a professional classical dancer.”

The school has also organised workshops with Nick Yeoman, a performer with the Tap Dogs, on December 5 in the Lodge at the Fry Club.

For information on Keyford Dancing School, contact 01761 452073 or 01761 479026.

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