Due to the success of the last few years exchange programme with the Danish students from Balletskollen, BOA welcomed a further 10 Danish students in April 2017, making this the 3rd year of their visits.
Arriving late on the evening of Friday 31st March, the Danish students checked in to their hotel and had a good nights rest before the action-packed weekend began.
On the Saturday, the students and staff had a day of shopping in Birmingham, allowing them to explore the famous Bullring and museums that the city has to offer before heading to the Old Rep Theatre to watch a performance of Year 13 Musical Theatre students ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. The Year 10 BOA Dance students who had been chosen to partner the Danish students during their time in England joined them for the evening performance, giving them a chance to introduce themselves and begin to get to know each other.
On Sunday 2nd April, the group of BOA and Danish students met up again at the Black Country Museum to spend the day learning about the famous industrial history of Birmingham. The students also went on the canal boat and down the mines which was a brilliant opportunity for them to explore.
Following on from the museum, the Danish students spent the Sunday evening with their BOA partners’ families, enjoying traditional English food and culture whilst making friendships which we hope will continue on after the exchange.
After their busy weekend, the Danish students spent the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday shadowing their BOA partners during the school day, being involved in Dance lessons and other activities around the building.
On the Danish students’ final evening in England, BOA hosted a ‘Pot Luck Dinner’, allowing the students a final night of celebrating new friendships and saying their goodbyes. The evening was a lovely end to a busy week and all students involved had a brilliant time.
Plans are in place for 10 BOA students to visit Denmark in May 2017, allowing the students to experience education in a different country with a specific focus on dance. Whilst over in Denmark, the students will be participating in several dance workshops with the Danish students, and will also be visiting the Danish families for an evening.