Evaluation of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Joint Birmingham Youth Services Project
Sheila Galloway with Jonothan Neelands (WIE)
Birmingham Royal Ballet with Joint Birmingham Youth Services offered young people the chance to participate, create, lead and watch dance activities and to learn about all aspects of producing performances. Potential learning outcomes included changes in self-esteem, team building and other core skills, and young people played a part in developing and managing the project through a consultative focus group. This programme built on the company’s experience in the successful 2006 ‘Ballet Hoo’ programme, televised by Channel 4.
Dancers, technical and administrative staff from Birmingham Royal Ballet worked with the young people in different ways to give direct experience of the sector and the range of skills needed in the creative industries. Accreditation is possible for those who choose to work for it. This project also offered professional development opportunities to the adults involved, aiming to develop capacity within the company and within the Joint Youth Services.
CEDAR’s evaluation included the project partners, participants, funding bodies and artists. We are pleased to be able to log the programme’s development from its inception to the final production.