There were a few tears as Butterfly danced her final dance and the sound of over 500 young people clapping and cheering for the company brought a tear to my eye. I think it’s safe to say that for those whose first visit to the theatre it was will most definitely be returning!
Last Thursday marked the end of the 2012 START project with the young participants joining us at Leeds Grand Theatre for the matinee performance of Madame Butterfly. [Read more of the START project on Jo Dean's blog - Ed]
Several of the young participants of the START project will be joining me at Northern Ballet during their school holidays in our Beauty & the Beast inspired Easter course. The week long course will develop dance skills and creativity in a variety of workshops led by our dedicated team of ballet teachers and adding another creative twist to the proceedings will be Rebekah Caputo – International Puppet Artist and Physical Theatre Performer - see this post for more information.
Last week was varied and exciting as always
On Monday I travelled to Hull to deliver a workshop and talk at Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB) to promote our audio described performance of Beauty & the Beast at Hull New Theatre. I had a lovely afternoon with the group who were keen to learn about Northern Ballet and try some port de bras and other ballet movements. Their mascot Henry demonstrated a natural talent for ballet!
Another group who showed a real aptitude for classical ballet was the Boys from Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL). I delivered an introduction to ballet workshop at their headquarters in Leeds to promote our Easter Course and to let them know about open classes at Northern Ballet. Fresh form their ground breaking performance on Sky 1’s Got To Dance as the first all male cheer squad they took to ballet like ducks to water – maybe we will see them in Swan Lake in the future!
I’m off to Scotland this week for my first taste of life on tour with Northern Ballet; needless to say I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be teaching workshops based on Beauty & the Beast and on Thursday evening I’ll sit back, relax and watch the company in action at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.
I’m looking forward to visiting Queensferry Primary School who have had a number of workshops with Northern Ballet over the years and are maintaining strong links with the company. I’m travelling across to Hamilton on Friday to work with the nursery children at First Direct to celebrate their sponsorship package with us. It will be the children’s first introduction to ballet, followed by a short demonstration for parents and their colleagues at lunchtime. I’m sure I’ll have a brilliant week with the Company…
I’ll keep you posted!