Pupils enjoy ballet masterclasses

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PUPILS honed their pirouettes and chassés at ballet masterclasses led by a prestigious dance school.

Fifty primary and middle school children enjoyed creative workshops run by The Royal Ballet School, in Bury St Edmunds, over the half term.

They were invited to the courses, which were held over three days at King Edward VI School, as part of the PrimarySTEPS programme.

Rob Walden, assistant head at King Edward VI, said: “It was fantastic and they worked really hard. A third of the group were made up of boys which breaks the mould. This is one of many partnerships we’ve developed as part of our Sports College legacy but is truly one of our most exciting.”

The two schools have worked in partnership for four years and developed other talent programmes – ‘3volution’ and ‘Kinetics’ for students aged 14 to 18.

Kinetics visited The Royal Ballet School’s home in Covent Garden, where students from Years 10,11 and 12 took part in lessons led by tutors alongside dance students from across the globe.