Local dance group Danza Academy held a series of summer dance sessions last month with an array of different activities for children over the holidays.

Participants were treated to ballet lessons from ex-professional Polish dancer Magdalena Lis from the Wroclaw Opera House as well as local dance sensation Jonathan Lutwyche, a former pupil of the academy. Jonathan has just completed a year at the Jeoffrey Ballet School in New York and taught the children dance gymnastics.

Danza Academy students have worked extremely hard this summer following a varied, disciplined and fun programme incorporating Classical Ballet, a variety of Modern Styles, Dance Gymnastics, Choreography and Improvisation.

Young dancers also had the chance to experience Ballet lessons from an ex professional polish dancer, Magdalena Lis, from the Wroclaw Opera house.

“During Summer we have time to look at fine details and refine techniques covered throughout the year. We have a chance to be more creative and experimental in our approach,” said Danza Director Anne- Marie Gomez. “The children have worked solidly throughout the holidays and have produced inspiring material which we can further develop into choreographies or competition work. Those experiencing dance for the first time have truly enjoyed the challenges posed. Our main aim throughout being trying to develop versatile dancers.”

A spokesman for the academy said that, although not all students will make a career in dance, the discipline and skills learned over the ‘varied and challenging’ summer programme are valuable in a young person’s development.

“The Academy prides that both Jonathan Lutwytche and Janice Felices, currently studying at Elmhurst, the feeder school of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, as did Simon Bolland, currently working in UK’s top theatres, always attended the summer School,” the spokesman said.