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In 2005, Clare, Michael and Ann Wall first crossed paths with Richard Slaughter, while participating in one of his Ballet Creations workshops in Christchurch, Dorset. As a result of this chance meeting, Richard was to become mentor, coach, and friend to the three young dancers. After working together on his new ballets – The Snow Queen and Cinderella – over 2005 and 2006, Richard began to take his young protégées through an intensive professional training course, travelling to their home-town, Chirk, in North Wales, on a now weekly basis. His expertise, experience and choreographic skills in many areas of dance were all put into practise, and extensive aspects of technique were covered, from historical to contemporary, from classical to neo-classical.
Out of this collaboration, the idea of forming a dance company arose. An innovative and unique performance group, bringing movement to a new level.
After experimenting with imagination, playing with concepts of recycling, and researching present global issues, The Ballet Pod was born. A company so called because of its unusual mascot and travelling wardrobe: A colourful, collaged wheelie-bin with character!

So, with Richard as artistic director and choreographer, the company gave its first performance in the summer of 2007, to a local audience in Chirk Parish Hall. This was An Introduction to Ballet, an exciting workshop demonstration originally used by the Royal Ballet Education Unit, and now with additional pieces by The Ballet Pod. It was a great success, so A Festive Ballet Pod was performed that Christmas at the same venue.

Then, on 17th January 2009, after many months of dedication and hard work on the part of Michael, Clare, Ann and Richard, at the William Aston Hall in Wrexham, The Ballet Pod presented its debut professional performance, dedicated to beloved friend and supporter, the talented young composer and politician, Chris Andrew (1977 – 2008). From here a tour of Wales was made to Llangollen, Colwyn Bay, Chester, and The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven.The journey continues...

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