Royal Academy of Dance in partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books and The Gruffalo to launch new dance workshops for children

11 Jan 2016

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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is piloting children’s workshops based on the bestselling book: The Gruffalo, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Following the recent announcement that the West End production of The Gruffalo Live will return to London this July, children can now discover the magic of this family favourite in an interactive session of dance, music, acting, make-up and storytelling. Parents accompanying younger learners will have the opportunity to get involved in the dance workshop and help their children bring the book to life.

Initial workshops will take place on 21 February in Edinburgh and on 6 March in London. Sessions will be tailored specially for three age groups of children aged between 2½ and 8, making it wholly suitable for the book’s suggested readership. Each workshop will take the form of a day in the life of a dancer: warming up, creating material, practice, make up and preparation, culminating in a performance for the group and their parents.

The Royal Academy of Dance’s Artistic Director, Lynn Wallis OBE, said: The opportunity to be creative is fundamental to dance, so we are delighted to be working with The Gruffalo team to present workshops around these iconic characters, which I am sure will inspire and delight children and parents in equal measure.

With over 13.5 million copies sold, The Gruffalo has won many prizes for children’s literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway. Written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo follows the story of a small mouse’s walk through the deep, dark woods. Met with danger at every turn, the mouse uses cunning to triumph against the odds. The dance workshops are delivered in partnership with Macmillan Publishers.

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