CaSPA Bootcamp: Boys dance, act and sing

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More than 150 boys from 11 Sydney Catholic Schools gathered at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood on 20 May for the Catholic Schools Creative and Performing Arts (CaSPA) Primary Boy’s Bootcamp.

Now in its third year, the Bootcamp provides an opportunity for male students in Years 5 and 6 to extend their skills in Dance, Drama and song under the guidance of dynamic male tutors working in the performing arts industry. At the end of the action-packed day, the boys had demonstrated what they had learnt with performances across the three disciplines.

CASPA Inner Western Region Primary Coordinator John Panuccio said often boys are reluctant to engage in the arts unless they have been taking part since a very young age.

“But that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested,” he said. “They just need the right atmosphere and opportunity, so the aim of the Bootcamp is to build a performance culture for the boys and to nurture their interests and skills. If a school decides to have a concert the boys can be part of it and have their own performance.”

For the teachers observing the high energy workshops, they gained enormously from watching the professional tutors in action. For schools holding musicals, the days was a great opportunity to learn techniques for voice and breathing. They will take this knowledge back to their schools and share with other teachers and continue to encourage the boys’ creativity.

Mason Levi from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary Ashfield said the day was full of life and he especially loved the dancing. Charbel Moussa from St Mary’s Catholic Primary Concord also really enjoyed the dancing and loved how the tutors encouraged them.

For Michael Gabrael from St Charles’ Catholic Primary Ryde, the highlight was learning to express his voice and feelings through Drama.

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