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Thursday 25th March - Balley Boyz

Ballet Boyz I am talking to one of the dancers, Leon Poulton, who’s a local lad from Corringham, and a spokesman for Ballet Boyz Kerry Whelan.

Balletboyz was founded in 2001 by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, who were previously lead dancers with The Royal Ballet
They have made a dramatic mark on the British dance scene thrilling audiences and dance critics alike with an exhilarating mix of award winning repertoire, performance style and high artistic standards.

If you were lucky enough you may have seen their adaptation of the Rite of Spring on the BBC over Christmas to celebrate the centenary of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. They bravely took creative risks, mixing contemporary, Street Dance, Tango, Pole Dancing and commercial dance forms to create a very moving piece of Dance Theatre.

Kai, Davin, Leon, Joss, Jesus, Matt, Anthony and Corey are exceptional dancers, handpicked by Balletboyz Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, and star in the TALENT, the latest must-see show produced and directed by the award winning Balletboyz and featuring their trademark films and behind the scenes footage.

the TALENT features a mixed programme of brand new work by rising star Freddie Opoku-Addaie (Place Prize finalist and Royal Opera House2 Associate Artist), Paul Roberts (choreographer for Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross, Pixie Lott, and America’s Got Talent) and an exciting reworking of Russell Maliphant’s explosive Torsion as well as Balletboyz trademark films.

For any Dance fan this is a must see at the Queens Theatre this Sunday 28th March, which is their penultimate date of this tour.

Evening Echo:

  • FORMER Ford workers are set to protest outside the Houses of Parliament, on March 31 over their lost pensions – a year after the closure of the Visteon car parts factory in Basildon. The factory, in Christopher Martin Road, was previously owned by Ford since the Fifties but in 2000 the ownership of the Basildon Factory and others transferred to Visteon UK including the Pensions even though many of the workers had paid into the Ford pension scheme for more than 30 years. But, Visteon UK went into administration a year ago, causing the factory to close and leaving the pension scheme virtually worthless. The Visteon Pension Action Group is calling on Ford to take back responsibility for former workers’ pensions.
  • TWO BRAVE SCHOOL GIRLS CAMPAINGN FOR MEDICAL AWARENESS Sherielea James, of New Waverley Road, Noak Bridge, was close to death after a tumour, weighing more than a quarter of her body weight, was found on her liver when she was just two-years-old. She is only alive today because of a lifesaving liver transplant and is campaigning for others to join the NHS organ donor register. To join the donor register, visit
  • 44 year old, Mum-of-two Helen Hibbert knew she was losing her battle with terminal cancer. She had one final wish – to see her daughter Sophie, a Billericay School pupil, from Langdon Hills, get an HPV vaccination, which could have saved her own life. Two months after her mum passed away, brave Sophie is determined to fulfil her wishes, and go one step further and encourage other girls to get the HPV vaccine as well. Sophie is training to run in the Race for Life at Gloucester Park, Basildon, in June, as a tribute to her mum. Meanwhile, Kevin is getting fit for the London Marathon, and he plans to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. He has already reached his target of £5,000 and any extra funds will go to St Luke’s Hospice, who cared for Helen during her last days. To sponsor Kevin Hibbert, visit kevin-hibbert

A THIEF caught red-handed as he wandered the streets with a widescreen TV has pleaded guilty to theft. Paul Meeking, 51, was standing next to the 37-inch plasma TV he had swiped from a pensioner's home in Ongar when he was spotted by police in the early hours of the morning.He gave them a false name and claimed he was taking the TV to be repaired. But when he turned out his pockets, he had leather gloves, a balaclava and a screwdriver.In Harlow Magistrates' Court last Wednesday, Meeking, who lives with his parents in Stanley Avenue, Barking, pleaded guilty to stealing a television from Queensway, in Shelley. Meeking was released on bail awaiting sentencing at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 29. His bail forbids him from going back to Queensway.

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