8:40am Friday 13th April 2012
By Chris Seal
A BARRY dancer has been chosen to feature in an Olympic-inspired dance film!
Callum Osborne, of Glebe Street, will feature in the Dancing Parallel film - a national performance project which celebrates London 2012 and encourages young people to explore their city environments through dance and parkour.
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School pupil Callum was chosen to feature in the project, along with 11 others, after his performances at a Cardiff dance school.
"I have been going to the Rubicon Dance School since the age of eight," he said.
"They asked a few of us if we wanted to volunteer for the project, and luckily I was chosen for it."
The film will be shown during Dance GB performances, the Olympic-inspired partnership between English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and National Dance Company Wales, which sees the three companies tour Glasgow, Cardiff and London together this summer with specially-created work.
Callum, 16, will work with other young people aged 14 to 22 from Cardiff, Aberdeen and London to create the film.
As part of the project, he spent last week (April 2-6) learning the choreography for the dance in London, ahead of filming the final work in the disused National Provisional Bank Vault in Cardiff Bay this weekend.
"It’s going to be a really good experience," said the teenager, who was initially encouraged to sign up for a dance club by a primary school teacher.
"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as it is only 14 to 22-year-olds, and it won’t happen again for another four years."
The project will be filmed by renowned dance filmmaker Nic Sandiland between April 13 and 15.
Callum, who focuses on street dance and break dancing, has honed his skills by busking in Cardiff city centre. He is set to study Maths, Computing, Physics and Economics at St David’s Catholic College, and said that in the future he would like to be a dance teacher.
Isabelle Drummond, National Dance Company Wales Participation Officer, said: "It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to become immersed in dance and parkour, and to learn from each other’s experiences."
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