Ballet dancer

The Morecambe ballet dancer steps up a gear

Bay Leadership Academy dancer Brandon Hunter was cast in Mathew Bournes’ new production of Romeo and Juliet at the Lowry Theater in Salford in June.

Bay Leadershop Academy Year 13 ballet dancer Brandon Hunter has beaten over a thousand young hopefuls across the UK to take part in Matthew Bourne’s contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story , who will be touring the UK in the spring.

As part of its ambition to support the next generation of talent on stage, the search for New Adventures began in April 2018 with a call for young dancers currently in training aged 16-19. Attracting over 1,000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, Brandon landed his spot as one of six Young Cast members performing at each of the tour’s 13 venues. .

One of the nation’s top emerging male dancers, Brandon has been dancing since the age of five in contemporary, jazz, musical, tap, ballet and hip hop styles.

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He now trains at the Lowry Theatre’s Center for Advanced Training in Salford and the McClaren Dance Company, Rawtenstall. Away from the stage, Brandon puts his sophisticated footwork to another good use as an avid footballer for the Bay Leadership Academy team.

Brandon, who is taking A-Levels in Geography, History and Sport at Bay Leadership Academy in Morecambe, will certainly be on his toes juggling rehearsals and revising and taking his exams before making his dance debut on performance dates of the show in June 2019. He was also invited to dance with the young choreographer Arielle Smith.

Brandon’s ambitions are to join a contemporary dance group, be in a West End musical and tour the world.

He would like to become a dance examiner and judge and eventually own his own dance school.

Brandon, 17, said: “This is a unique opportunity to dance with a prestigious dance company at the top of their game.

“Matthew Bourne has been an inspiration to me since day one of my dancing and now to perform with him is incredible and I’m blessed. It’s a platform for me to progress in my career as a dancer, to develop and learn.