Education / Community Outreach
Ballet Folk are committed to keeping the traditions of storytelling alive through song and dance and through this, we aim to continue to build partnerships with schools, colleges and youth groups to develop unique and bespoke workshops and productions that can both compliment and diversify from their performing arts curriculum. Our past educational projects have been funded with generous support from Arts Council England, Cambridge Folk Festival and The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University.
The Wildflower Garden
Excerpts from The Sister of Elva Hill
Commissioned by Cambridge Folk Festival, Ballet Folk worked in partnership with Netherhall School, Cambridge, to create a live outdoor performance for the festival. Creating and delivering a series of bespoke ballet technique and repertory workshops. Musicians, Anna Esslemont and Stephen MacLachlan, joined the process creating live accompaniment for the workshops and playing the score for the ballet to support the choreography. The workshop series culminated in a live performance at the Wild Flower Garden stage at Cambridge Folk Festival as a processional performance prior to excerpts of the full work by the company.
The students were also invited to perform for Darren Henley, chair of Arts Council England at an arts event hosted by Anglian Learning at Sawston Village College.