Turning Point Tumbles into an Exciting New Venture
BUDDING acrobats can follow in the footsteps of Lancaster’s Holly Johnstone – star of TV’s Tumble – as the school she attended leaps into a brand new era, with a class endorsed by Cirque du Soleil.
The team at Turning Point Theatre Arts at Lancaster Leisure Park have kitted out their studio with ariel hoops, silks and crash mats to create a space that’s perfectly designed for wannabe acrobats and aerial artists.
Gail Johnstone who’s been at the helm of the school for 30 years, is thrilled to now be offering the latest exciting new class to children and young adults in Lancaster as her school is one of only 20-or-so in the country to offer the new ‘Acrobatic Arts’ class.
Complementing the principles of gymnastics, the class helps those with a keen interest in either dance, aerial or acrobatics improve their skills and technique. Designed with the dancer – and not the gymnast – in mind, this class adds another level of movement into a dancer’s vocabulary, as well as helping them to become a more versatile performer.
A mix of disciplines, Gail says the class “makes dancing more artistic in a sporting way, but makes gymnastics more choreographed in a dance way.”
This genre was introduced to the school by former pupil and professional artiste, Holly Johnstone whose partnership with “H” from Steps secured her a place in the finals of the BBC’s “Tumble” two years ago. Since then she has performed all over the world, but still finds time to come back to the school she loves. Budding acrobats are in for a treat as Holly still teaches at the school when she’s not touring. The team also includes acclaimed dancer and trapeze artist Phillip Pye, so Gail’s pupils are in very safe hands!
Classes take place at Turning Point Theatre Arts four nights a week – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
For more about Turning Point Theatre Arts and this exciting new acrobatics and aerial class, go to www.turningpointtheatrearts.co.uk