This Easter Northern Ballet were incredibly busy delivering two courses for young people during their school holidays.
We had 55 youngsters join us at Quarry Hill to take part in a four-day easter course looking at telling stories through dance. The group worked very hard throughout the week to create a short performance for family and friends inspired by Northern Ballet productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Ugly Duckling. Alongside working on dance moves with our dance artists, participants had the opportunity to work with drama practitioner Phil Minns who delivered characterisation and physical theatre workshops. The sessions with Phil helped to develop the group’s performance skills.
As one participant explained, 'We learnt about different facial expressions and how to show emotion through dance.'
The previous week, we ran an Easter course in partnership with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Dance artist Gavin Fitzpatrick worked with a group of 20 young people from the area for the week and explored through dance the themes from William Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils. They created a short dance piece inspired by the poem, which they performed at the Activate Dance Showcase at the theatre. The showcase is a chance for local dance groups to perform and share their talents.
Gavin said, 'it was a pleasure to work with the group - they really explored the imagery and beauty of the poem and the final performance was very much their own!'
As well as the Easter Course here at Northern Ballet we also run a Summer Course and registration is now open! This year, we will explore what it means to move and how we can go on a journey through dance.
If you would like more information about the Summer Course or to register please contact Shelley Firth on 0113 220 8000.