Thursday, October 4 | Submitted by Caitlin M. Kissee | Downtown Central
Darrell V. Hyche, II explores the connection between athleticism and dance at this no-cost workshop to be held
Sunday, November 4 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Creamery Arts Center
Springfield Ballet is excited to announce its first ever FREE Boys Movement Workshop, to be taught by Darrell V. Hyche, II on Sunday, November 4 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Creamery Arts Center. This workshop, open to males ages 7 and up, will offer movement instruction and core exercises to increase balance, coordination, agility and beef up overall athletic strength. Attire for the class is gym clothes that participants can move in, with socks.
It is no secret among professional athletes that a strong connection exists between dance movement and athleticism. From increased flexibility to use of muscles that can’t be worked in a weight room, athletic superstars such as Herschel Walker, Muhammad Ali and Emmitt Smith have all seen common results from dance training.
A June 2012 article in TIME Magazine notes the rising national trend of boys-only dance programs. “A growing number of schools in North America and Europe have started organizing annual Boys’ Days, a commitment-free way to check out ballet without being the only kid in the room with a Y chromosome.”
Following this national trend, Springfield Ballet is contracting a male instructor, Darrell V. Hyche, II to lead young men ages 7 and up in a commitment-free, introductory movement workshop. The class, not based around a traditional ballet syllabus, will instead focus on agility, balance and strength, resulting in increased athleticism for boys involved in all sports and physical activities.