Published on: 13 September 2013
Boys interested in hip hop had a chance to participate in a masterclass led by dancers from Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson – The Immortal World Tour this week. Interested boys from Years 5 to 7 spent an hour with Pom, Mike and Shondra learning moves including the moon walk.
Drama teacher Angela Perry, who also co-ordinates the Preparatory School’s iMove Physical Theatre Club, said when she heard that Cirque Du Soleil performers were available to take masterclasses through her professional networks she seized the opportunity.
“The fact that they were also male dancers was especially great and that they were enthusiastic about working with young beginners,” Ms Perry said. “When I advertised the workshop it filled within an hour.”
Pom and Mike, who are 21, and Shondra, 33, told the boys about how they got into dance. Interestingly, Mike was a serious hockey player but chose to follow his passion for dance.
They auditioned in Paris among 4,000 others and have been with the show for two years. The choreographers behind the show were Michael Jackson’s dancers, who now travel all over the world working with the likes of Madonna and other famous singers, and in films like Step Up.