Dance students learn new moves from elite choreographer

It was great to welcome back choreographer and ex-student Gareth Chambers, who studied here in 2004/5. Originally from Bransholme and now based in Cardiff after studying at the Laban Centre, London, he is an extremely talented choreographer, dancer and writer.  We were delighted to hear that he was coming to work with our Y1 and Y2 dance students a few weeks ago. The workshop is part of a larger piece of work with Back to Ours that he’s preparing with our students which will become a prelude to a play “Delicate Flowers” based on the life of ex-World Champion and pioneer of women’s professional boxing, Barbara Buttrick. This mesmerising one-woman play tells the story of a world champion whose tenacity and skill took her to the top of her profession, and one who’s aiming to get there., and will be performed in Hull on 18th, 20th and 21st February.

The students said it was great to have one of our students come back, and to learn a variety of dance styles from him, including ‘trance’. Their next piece of work on the project will be learning to box at St Paul’s Boxing Academy.

Gareth said it was great to return, and come full circle, adding that it was nice to be around young dancers from Hull and to be able to mentor them.

Following on from their choreography session, our Dance students visited St Paul’s Boxing Academy, in preparation for the piece.  Once again, under the direction of choreographer Gareth Chambers, and trainers at the St Paul’s Boxing Academy, they had an intense boxing training session and then went into sparring.

This was then followed by a 3.5 hour work shop on trance dancing and flash mob creating in preparation for the promotional flash mob performance for Delicate Flowers they were due to perform the following Saturday 26th January in Hull Interchange.

And then the day came, and our students gave a cracking flash-mob performance at the Interchange. For more details of the Back To Ours Half-Term Festival, including their performances of Delicate Flowers (which we were delighted to be able to support with Gareth’s help), visit their website.