Students and staff at Saint Paul’s were delighted to receive a visit from local ballet star, Isaac Bowry.
Isaac is a professional ballet dancer, and has starred in a production of Romeo and Juliet, before going on to dance in Matthew Bourne’s inclusive Swan Lane – which swapped out female swans in tutus for bare chested male swans.
The Wythenshawe dancer had never even seen a ballet performance on stage before he was accepted, at age 14, onto a programme for exceptional young dancers at The Lowry in Salford.
Growing up in Wythenshawe with an African Caribbean hairstyle and dual heritage made Isaac fear he’d be rejected from the profession. But he’s now working alongside some of the best known ballet companies in the world and Isaac is keen to return to his Manchester roots and help break down barriers for the next generation.
He has taken up a part time position teaching outreach workshops around Greater Manchester for The Lowry CAT scheme.
“It is my way to help many other young people to find their passion for dance and to show them that financial and racial barriers can be broken down” explained Isaac.