A BOURNEMOUTH dance school principal and an award winning photographer have partnered to launch the first ever National Boys Dance Day.

Set up by Dorset-based photographer Jayne Jackson and First Position Dance School principal Natalie Pearl, October 23 will celebrate male dancers and challenging the stereotypes that hold them back.

To launch National Boys Dance Day, Jayne has created an exhibition featuring more than 30 male dancers called “Boys Will Be Boys – Masculinity On Pointe”.

Bournemouth Echo: Boys Will Be Boys photos for National Boys Dance Day. Picture: Jayne JacksonBoys Will Be Boys photos for National Boys Dance Day. Picture: Jayne Jackson

The series will be on display at the Poole Lighthouse top floor gallery from October 19, including photos of dancers combining their love of ballet with other hobbies, such as skating and football.

The project has been supported by Royal Academy of Dance artistic director Gerard Charles who said: “We believe that everybody can dance and there should be no barriers or stigmas to prevent anyone from being moved by dance.”

As part of the launch, Jayne Jackson and the National Boys Dance Day team are running an Instagram competition to find the first ambassador. The winner will be awarded a scholarship for dance lessons and a photoshoot.

Visit @boysdanceday on Instagram for more information.