A group of Aspire dance pupils has been learning new routines with a Brazilian twist.
Nineteen young people from schools involved in Dundee City Council’s Aspire programme took part in a week-long summer residency with the Dundee Rep-based Scottish Dance Theatre.
The summer school was packed with dance and drama, games, artistic workshops and sessions with professional dancers.
The group now has the opportunity to perform alongside the full company of dancers on the Rep’s main stage in the new work, Looping: Scotland Overdub, on August 10.
The kids took part in workshops with visiting choreographers Felipe de Assis, Rita Aquino and Leonardo França from Brazil who have created the new show.
After a week of hard work, friends and families were invited to a special preview of the production as the professional dancers and the Aspire youngsters showed off the routines that they had created.
Dawn Hartley, head of creative learning at the Scottish Dance Theatre, said: “The dancers loved meeting the young people and working with them during a packed week of drama and dance games, performance skills and lots more.”
Kenny Christie, education officer with Dundee City Council’s children and families service and chairman of Dundee Dance Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with locally-based and internationally renowned Scottish Dance Theatre in addition to Dundee & Angus College as we continue to add to our portfolio of incredible learning opportunities for young people through our nationally recognised Aspire Dundee programme.
“Aspire Dundee aims to create exciting and positive learning opportunities in dance, drama and music in school communities across the city with the capacity to transform children’s lives through the arts.
“For young people from St Pius, St Francis, Claypotts Castle and Rowantree primaries to have the chance to work with the incredible dancers of the Scottish Dance Theatre, led by the award-winning choreographer Fleur Darkin, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”