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Ballet Soul’s work is concerned with athleticism and the potential of the human body – exploring the dancer's soul and the body’s capacity for deep physicality. How the body conveys emotion, the extremeness of bodyline articulation and dynamic shifts in energy and flow are all focal points of our work.

 

Ballet Soul’s influence in style comes from placing Africanist movement values on the classical ballet and traditional dance vocabularies. Contemporary styles are also merged with traditional African storytelling.

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Ballet Soul’s work is concerned with athleticism and the potential of the human body – exploring the human soul and the body’s capacity for deep physicality. How the body conveys emotion, the extremeness of bodyline articulation and dynamic shifts in energy and flow are all focal points of our work.

 

Ballet Soul’s influence in style comes from placing Africanist movement values on the classical ballet and traditional dance vocabularies. Contemporary styles are also merged with traditional African storytelling.

EDUCATION

"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul."

 

It is not just about challenging the conventions of dance - it is about challenging individuals to develop their potential in dance. Central to the company's mission is the desire to educate, teach, energise and inspire young people, exposing them to the joys and the power of dance. Dancers on our programmes are encouraged to become well-rounded performers by embracing many styles of dance and working around different rhythms.

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"Honour the past - Celebrate the present - Reach into the future"

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BEN LOVE

Ben Love, the founder of Ballet Soul, was born in Nairobi, Kenya but moved to the UK as a child and grew up in Nottingham. Ben was 15 when a performance by The Dance Theatre of Harlem inspired him to begin his training in dance.

 

Ben made his professional debut with Dancers Anonymous at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990. He was then invited to join as a soloist with the Portuguese National Ballet, Lisbon, touring extensively in Portugal and Brazil. Ben also danced as a soloist with the London City Ballet and then with the Northern Ballet. During his time as a soloist, Ben danced many principal roles including The Rite of Spring, Scheherazade, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Raymonda.

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