Innovative Junior Wac Arts

Aerials November-1332015Junior Wac Arts have had a great term, trying out and showing off new performance styles, performing on an outside stage to hundreds of passers by and using their initative to fundraise for Wac Arts.

In November the Junior’s performed at the Hampstead Christmas Festival. The students performed like true professionals, bursting was enthusiasm and talent! They presented an enthralling mix of performances throughout the day; Urban Dance got the crowd jumping and whooping, the choir performed several vocal pieces under the direction of their choir tutor Abdul Shyllon and the Fencers not only showed off their skills in appel and advances but also got the passers by involved in learning technique. It was a great chance for everyone to celebrate the terms work and to show off their talent to the hundreds of festival revellers.

12314077_987912767920982_1855020338048250065_nOn the last day of term not only did the Junior’s get to try out aerials they also organised a bake sale that rose £190 for next terms programme. The young bakers have held several sales in 2015, with all money raised helping to keep the classes at low cost for the following year, thus giving more young people the opportunity to experience performing arts. After last years successful sponsored bike ride that saw many Junior Wac Arts parents riding from London to Brighton, raising more that £3,000. The Juniors and their parents are always looking at new ways to help bring in essential funding to Wac Arts weekend programmes. We look forward to more Bake sales and bike rides in 2016.

Wac Arts has always been a pioneer in delivering exciting and fresh arts programmes to young people. Aerials has always featured high on that list with professional aerial companies Upswing and Scarabeus partnering with Wac Arts to deliver Inflight, a creative aerial programme for new and experienced aerialists. Within the full time diploma, aerials is a core module as many productions and shows in the industry today use these performing skills. Now it’s the Junior’s turn with a 3 week workshop running at the end of term introducing the 4 – 14 year olds to aerials. They used silks, bungee and cacoon to practise their balance, strength and grace. All of the students enjoyed the three week introduction and aerials will be featuring as part of the Junior Wac Arts programme in the New Year.

On December 6th Wac Arts had it’s yearly fundraising event, A Night with Michael Nyman and Julian Joseph. Memorable classical tunes and sizzling jazz were brought together in at the Old Town Hall. Ahead of his sell out concert at the Barbican, Nyman donated his time and his piano for this exceptional evening, raising money for Wac Arts. Michael and Julian’s accomplished performances were central to the evening, with glittering support from our very own Junior Wac Band, Senior Wac Band and Senior Wac choir, all of whom performed some fresh re-workings of pieces by our supportive stars.

We look forward to seeing all our Junior and parents back at Wac Arts in 2016!