As part of the English National Ballet’s My First Ballet: Coppélia tour in 2014, its Engagement Department ran a series of on-stage family dance workshops for children and parents to take part in together. Workshops were one hour long and took place between the morning and afternoon performances at each venue. This case study is part of a series that supports the Family Arts Standards that have been developed by the Family Arts Campaign and the Family and Childcare Trust and provides guidance on how best to welcome families to arts organisations.
What Went Well
- Venue – Having the workshops delivered on-stage at the theatres, with the set displayed worked very well. It provided excitement and magic for the child participants, an inspiring experience dancing on the same stage as the ‘real’ ballerinas. It also created a unique opportunity for the adults; glimpsing ‘behind the scenes’ was a keen point of interest for those taking part.