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For the last couple of weeks I’ve been traveling up to Durham on a Wednesday to work with The Flex Dance Company. Run by TIN Arts, The Flex is a company of 9 artists with learning disabilities who come together to create, devise and perform new contemporary dance work. TIN Arts is quite an inspirational organisation who deliver arts programmes for people of all ages and abilities over the North east so for me it’s a brilliant opportunity to work other experienced artists who are experts in this field. I was immediately made to feel very welcome and quickly got to know everyone.
Over the last couple of weeks Sophie Alder (Dance Education Officer) has been visiting Shepherds Lane Children’s Centre in Leeds working with the pupils to explore the tale of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ through music and dance.
The START project, supported by The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts, has allowed over 450 school children from Leeds to enjoy workshops and performances by Northern Ballet over the past two terms. Here's a glimpse into the project...
Over 400 school children attended a performance of Northern Ballet's A Christmas Carol at Leeds Grand Theatre on 10 December, 2009 as part of our START Project. Here children talk about their experiences, for many it was their first taste of ballet. START is supported by The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts and is in partnership with Leeds Grand Theatre. Photos by Brian Slater.
The Northern Ballet Learning team contibuted to China Paralympics with workshops and performance.