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Published April 18th 2020
Free dance classes online
Dance organisations in Birmingham have come together to ensure dancers can continue classes while at home.
Birmingham Pro Class has put together a programme of online classes aimed at professional dance artists, recent dance graduates and those in dance training. Launched in April, the classes are being live-streamed during April and May via Instagram at 10am each Thursday at www.instagram.com/brum.proclass
Delivered and supported by leading dance organisations DanceXchange, ACE dance and music, Birmingham Dance Network, Autin Dance Theatre, Rosie Kay Dance Company and other local dance artists, Birmingham Pro Class is a non-profit initiative which has been running for almost a year offering a programme of regular classes and workshops for the growing professional dance community-based in the city and wider region.
Johnny Autin, Dance Artist and Director of Autin Dance Theatre, one of the curators of the online programme, said: "It is really fantastic to be able to offer this new programme in response to the unprecedented UK quarantine, which has meant that training and work for professional dancers is currently suspended. The new programme offers vital support by providing employment to freelance artists and maintaining the vital connections for dancers in the regional community."
Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange said: "The Birmingham Pro Class initiative has gone from strength to strength over the last year demonstrating the determination of the dance sector in supporting each other and ensuring that Birmingham and the West Midlands is a great place for dance artists and companies to flourish. It is fantastic that the success of the initiative to-date means that Birmingham Pro Class can self-fund these new online classes and support tutors with valuable work at a moment which is incredibly difficult for freelance artists. The classes will also provide an important means to remaining connected with the dance community as well as maintaining fitness."