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BalletBoyz’ Michael Nunn becomes ambassador for autism dance programme

Michael Nunn joins a RADiate class at Paddock Primary School. Photo: David Tett/Royal Academy of Dance Michael Nunn joins a RADiate class at Paddock Primary School. Photo: David Tett/Royal Academy of Dance
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BalletBoyz founder Michael Nunn has become an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Dance’s programme of classes for children with autism.

He joins the project as the RAD announces an expansion of the programme, which runs sessions in both special and mainstream primary schools.

RADiate, which was established in 1990, offers weekly dance sessions for children on the autism spectrum and currently works in schools across three boroughs in south-west London.

Additional City of London funding of £150,000 over three years will allow the RAD to expand its reach beyond the current areas.

Former Royal Ballet principal Nunn, whose son has autism, said: “Dance, by its very nature, is a natural mode of language. It stimulates the mind and allows us to communicate both emotionally and cognitively in non-verbal ways. These new funds will allow us to offer children with special educational needs a tool for personal expression and social exploration with RADiate.”

Funding is provided by the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust.

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