Memorial for Bill Kenwright from The RYTC

The RYTC team was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and patron Bill Kenwright CBE. 

Bill was a partner, father, grandfather, great friend and patron. He will be missed by many and this is testament to his giving nature and impact on the theatre and creative arts space. The team wanted to honour his legacy and influence with this memorial page.

The RYTC’s Artistic Director started her career in Bill Kenwright’s work family. Bill told her to go and open her own youth theatre, because ‘being creative is so important for our kids!’ His mantra… “go and do it”!! And if “it” is right – then you can’t fail.”

To name only a fraction of the awards and achievements Bill received are the notable honour of a CBE in 2002, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Theatrical Management Association in 2008, and an honourary BBC Radio 2 special episode of Friday Night in 2017 broadcast from the London Palladium itself. Bill was nominated for a London Theatre Critics’ Award for West Side Story and a Tony Award for Blood Brothers.

This multi-award winning career saw Bill’s West End productions constantly in notable venues such as the RSC, Dominion, Palladium, Apollo and many others. Ensuring his legacy as one of the UK’s most successful theatre producers.

Bill embodied the spirit of empowering young people through creative opportunities. His legacy will be felt and continued through the many groups and communities he supported with the mission of providing opportunities to local young people. Bill made his community and generations of people richer through experiences such as finding like minds, getting creative and fostering confidence in young people.

The RYTC in memory of Bill will continue to “go and do it” as his legacy will continue to empower our team, kids and encourage everyone to be creative.

Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this difficult time and also with the many people we know he impacted for the better.

Dance therapy is a form of creative arts therapy that uses movement and dance as a means of exploring and resolving emotional and psychological issues. This type of therapy can be especially beneficial for children, as it provides a fun and engaging way to explore their emotions and develop their social, physical, and emotional skills.

What is Dance Therapy?

Dance therapy is a type of therapy that uses movement and dance to help individuals explore and express their emotions. Unlike traditional dance classes, dance therapy is not focused on learning specific steps or routines, but rather on the process of moving and expressing oneself through dance.

How does Dance Therapy Work for Children?

Dance therapy for children works by providing a safe and supportive environment where children can express themselves through movement. The therapist acts as a guide, helping the child to explore their emotions and experiences through dance. Children are encouraged to move and express themselves freely, without judgment, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety and build self-esteem.

What are the Benefits of Dance Therapy for Children?

There are many benefits of dance therapy for children, including:

1.Improving emotional regulation. Dance therapy can help children regulate their emotions and manage their feelings in a healthy and positive way.

2. Building self-esteem: Children can experience a sense of accomplishment and pride as they move and express themselves through dance, which can lead to improved self-esteem and confidence.

3. Enhancing physical development: Dance therapy can help children develop physical skills, such as coordination, balance, and flexibility.

4. Fostering imagination and creativity: By engaging in creative movement, children can tap into their imagination and explore new and imaginative worlds.

5. Developing social skills: Dance therapy can provide an opportunity for children to work with others and develop social skills, such as communication and cooperation.

6. Managing stress and anxiety: Through dance and movement, children can learn to cope with stress and anxiety in a healthy and positive way.

Dance therapy can be a valuable tool for children of all ages. Whether your child is struggling with emotional or behavioral issues or simply needs a creative outlet, dance therapy can provide many benefits and help support their overall well-being. So why not give it a try? Your child will thank you.