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Our Dancing for the Over 55s class has been running for almost a year now and is becoming increasingly popular as word spreads of the fun and fitness people get from it. Participants not only improve their dance skills but also form friendships and social groups, so much so that it’s difficult to stop them all chatting at the start of each class!
We're celebrating after receiving another award for our new home with Phoenix Dance Theatre on Friday night. Our architects Jacobs were joint winners of the SCALA (Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities) Civic Building of the Year Award 2011 with Stanton Williams for Wiltshire Council Offices.
Last Thursday the dark early evening rain and wind intensified the atmosphere of suspense and expectation around the Leeds Town Hall Crypt, as the first set of people came along to find out more about OverWorlds & UnderWorlds, the first major public-arts project by Leeds Canvas, planned for next year.
Recently the Northern Ballet Academy students had the chance to take a trip to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre to watch Phoenix Dance Theatre’s latest performance of Declarations; a combination of four short works.
On 20 October group bookers from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were invited to a very special evening at Northern Ballet. The atrium of our new home was buzzing as over 130 guests gathered – champagne flowed as anticipation rose.
Our Sponsor a Dancer campaign was launched in style last night (Wednesday 19 October) at a fabulous evening at Mint hotel in Leeds.
Yet what an aura surrounds you;
Your evil little aura, prowling, and casting a numbness on my mind.
That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic:
Invisibility, and the anæsthetic power
To deaden my attention in your direction.
But I know your game now, streaky sorcerer.
From DH Lawrence, The Mosquito
Earlier this year Northern Ballet's Royal Patron, Prince Edward, or to give him his full title, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, attended a performance of Cleopatra with his wife The Countess of Wessex at Sadler's Wells.
Over the past 3 years Northern Ballet Academy has been taking part in a Dance Science Research Project which has been looking at the development of dance talent in young people.
Along with the other seven Centres for Advanced Training in Dance across the country our professional division students were monitored and interviewed over a three year period.