Students prepare for theatre debut

Students from City of Wolverhampton College are preparing to make their theatre debut after being selected to appear in an award winning dance show.

Brandon Howard, age 18, and Kelsie Ward, 16, will be taking part in a curtain raiser for Into the Hoods: Remixed, which takes place at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from February 25 to 27.

The pair, who are both studying for a Level 3 diploma in performing arts, were selected after impressing professional dancers from internationally acclaimed Hip Hop company ZooNation.

They will join 26 others from schools and colleges across the region, to perform a short hip hop routine before the West End production.

Brandon said: “It’s really exciting for me as I’ve never been in a dance show before and to think that I’ll be performing in a theatre that holds a thousand people just feels amazing!”

The curtain raiser is the culmination of in-school dance residencies as part of the ZooResidence Outreach Project. Over the past four months, the Grand Theatre and ZooNation offered a professional arts experience to local schools ahead of opening the national tour. With significant support from Arts Connect, the Grand Theatre and ZooNation have created an outreach scheme that provided opportunities for Key Stage 4 dance students in local schools and colleges to work with professional choreographers. In the showcase, each school presented a hip hop dance routine based around a traditional fairytale and twisted the narrative, with top performers selected to appear before Into the Hoods: Remixed.

The students will be performing before the shows on February 25 and 27.


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