Turning Pointe Youth Ballet 2018 – The Jungle Book
One of our family’s favourite activities during weekends and holidays are theatre productions of any kind. Trips to the theatre is a great way to expose them to the world of arts. The Jungle Book show is suitable for children of any age as it is only one hour long so it shouldn’t test their attention span. It promises to be a delightful experience for all the family, and especially for future prima ballerinas and dancers.
The talented Turning Pointe Youth Ballet (TPYB), winner of the Time Out Kids Awards 2017, is delighted to present The Jungle Book at DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of the Emirates on February 23rd and 24th 2018. Shows will be at 1.30pm and 4pm both days and last approximately 1 hour with no interval. Audience members will have the chance to meet the lead characters from the show in the courtyard after the performance for photos and chats! The Jungle Book features 3 different dance genres; from the sleek Bagheera en pointe, through Shere Khans contemporary leaps to a tap dancing King Louis.
TPYB was established in 2010 to give students the opportunity to develop their performance skills by being part of a full-length production. As the only Youth Ballet in the region, we move away from a recital style performance and give dancers the chance to create a professional show that is entirely in their hands (or feet!) from start to finish. In order to make the experience as true to life as possible, we begin with an audition at the start of October and once roles are cast rehearsals can begin! The dancers get a true taste of life in a dance company, learning the importance of team work to tell a story and how every character is invaluable to the show. Dancers from the age of 6+ are eligible to be a part of TPYB and the principal roles are generally danced by students aged 14-16.
Costumes are both internationally sourced and locally made by the Turning Pointe dance teachers. Headdresses, Make Up Designs and Props are also taken care of by the talented TP team whilst scenery is custom made for the productions both locally and internationally.