2013 Boys Summer School. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod has long promoted dance as a suitable venture for young males, encouraging them to pursue and embrace careers in the performing arts. Since 2009, special championships for boys have featured in the festival program with the Boys Dance Championships for 14/u and 15/o attracting a large number of entrants.
Sydney Eisteddfod has had a long-running relationship with the Boys’ Summer School, having worked with the founder Robert Fox to increase participation across 2011 and 2012. In its eleven years of operation, the Boys’ Summer School has managed to secure some of the largest names in dance as tutors to instill wisdom and encouragement in the next generation of male dancers.
It is therefore extremely exciting to share the news that world-renowned Li Cunxin will be joining the efforts this year as a special guest tutor and Christian Tatchev will be taking over from Bill Pengelly as new Artistic Director.
Li Cunxin, is currently the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet having had a extensive and diverse career in dance. His acclaimed best selling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, has been a source of inspiration for many young dancers since it was first published in 2003.
The renowned, Christian Tatchev currently fulfils the role of Director of Training at the Queensland Ballet, having performed as a Principal dancer for many of the leading ballet companies in the world.
Together, their involvement in the program will be highly beneficial, providing supreme role models for the boys to look up to and learn so much from.