This year's scholarship audition will be on SUNDAY 13th of OCTOBER and is open to current and non members of ACS.
The audition consists of a freework modern/jazz class, followed by a ballet assessment, a drama workshop and a solo song of their choice as an option.
Junior Boys: 10.30am
Senior Boys: 12.00pm
To book your audition place please call 01708 783576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corentin Goyvaerts was the proud recipient of the ACS Boys Scholarship for 2019.
He is 15 and started dancing here at the age of 9 with just Ballroom and Latin and then later added Ballet. He now as part of his scholarship dances at ACS on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is in Grade 5 Ballet, Grade 4 Tap, Grade 5 Modern, Silver Disco Freestyle, Silver Ballroom, Silver Latin-American, and senior Drama and Singing. He literally lives at the studio and his standard this year has gone through the roof, which could be seen at our most recent show LEGACY.
He has competed at Blackpool Grand Finals and placed in the finals for both Ballroom and Latin.
His ambition is to dance professionally and his favourite genre of dance is Classical Ballet. The scholarship has provided him with free dance tuition for a period of 3 terms.
Several other boys were given one extra dance class per week, some took this as the Junior or Senior “boys-only” modern class, one took this as ballet classes and one as drama and singing.
The recent media attention regarding Prince George taking ballet classes has brought to the forefront the prejudice that boys, who want to dance, face all the time.
Learning to dance is hugely positive for all children male and female, so why deny half the population access to the amazing benefits and rewards of learning to dance?
Learning to dance has been proven to promote happiness, improve concentration, coordination, creativity, confidence, self-discipline, mental focus, muscle tone, posture, resilience, speed, agility, athleticism, agility, leadership skills, muscle tone, manners, multi-tasking, time management and lateral thinking. My own 35 year career traveling the world, dancing performing and now teaching was all because one dance teacher could see the raw potential in me and decided it was worth investing her time in nurturing that talent.
My name is Mark, I started dance very late at the age of 20. I was originally trained as an HGV Mechanic, but I had always had a passion for music and dance in a very informal way and even though I could never have afforded to train as a child I just loved to get up in the middle of the dance floor at parties and simply dance! Then one day a fellow mechanic gave me a news paper advert lying on the floor of the bathroom, and he said "you should go for this". It was an audition for a local
small full-time dance college in my home town of Walsall, West Midlands, they just wanted raw untrained but boys with potential, and little did I know, that advert would change my life and set me off on a performing career in dance of nearly a decade and a teaching career of another 25. After just 2 years of full-time training then on a part scholarship, which I am eternally grateful for, I had my Advanced 1 RAD Ballet, Advanced 1 ISTD Modern and Intermediate ISTD Tap, and had already got a job. I got to tour in various musicals in such as Seven Brides, Oklahoma etc in chorus and also playing leading roles, and I travelled the world getting paid to do something I loved. I met my wife Diana, when dancing, and once we had hung up our performing shoes (when I broke my ankle on stage!) we started Anthony Clifford Studios, now ACS Dance Centre since becoming a charity, 25 years ago.
We love giving the gift of dance to everyone of all ages, training the next generation of performers, competitors and qualified ISTD teachers is what we do.
Less is being spent on the performing arts in the public sector than ever, state schools they are dropping dance, music and performing arts subjects from their curriculum. The health benefits alone should be worthy of investment, plus the wider feel good mental health benefits that could be brought to millions of people of all ages, not to mention creating an audience of people who love to go and watch performances. If we don't invest at this grass root stage, there won't be the quality of work out there to go and watch. ACS Dance Centre is trying to help this problem by providing gifted and talented scholarships. Every one of our students can receive an extra ballet class per week for the same price as one, but this year we also started our “Boys Scholarship 2019” which funded one boy;
As a school we already have 12 boys in the school which is many more than most dance schools and we have several male graduates who were JA’s and MA’s and went on to Performers and Birds and continue with successful careers. However the advertising of the Boys scholarship Audition morning, held last September, brought many more boys into the school and increased the numbers of genres learnt by those already attending.
We therefore increased our boys to 31 by the end of July 2019. and are looking forward to some of the joint ROH, ACS “Chance to Dance” boys joining us in September after Diana’s successful collaboration on the new project format at the Opera house.
My teacher back in Walsall, Diane Millard, invested her time and expertise in me and my potential, much more than I ever could pay her back. I am forever grateful and she tells me she is very proud of my achievements especially my Licentiate qualifications and our school continuing to train the next generation of performers and most particularly boys. I thank her for an amazing life in dance so far, made possible by her giving me the chance to dance.
This is is why this is a project so close to my heart. Doing my bit to fund this project through riding the “Prudential Ride London” for the last 2 years has been a privilege. -- Mark xx