The National Boys Summer School 2011-2013
The Nelson Meers Foundation is delighted to have supported this innovative program, the National Boys Dance Summer School. With tutors from The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, each year over 40 young boys, aged from 7 to 20, had 6 days of professional tuition in classical, contemporary and jazz dance. Many male dancers are often the only boys in their dance academy. The aim of this program was to give male dancers the rare opportunity to hone their technical skills and build confidence with others who share their love of dance, within an environment which cultivates social interaction, peer support and mentoring. The National Boys Dance Summer School draws participants from every state in Australia.
Why did we fund the project? This project meets an important yet unmet need to nurture the creative talent of our young male dances. We are also long term supporters of the iconic Sydney Eisteddfod, one of Australia’s more significant competitions for our young performers.