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Press release date 
Mon 4 Jul 2011

The Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts has invited Northern Ballet to team up with the Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Educational Needs (YAMSEN:SpeciallyMusic ) to offer young wheelchair users the chance to enjoy dance with a series of unique Wheelchair Dance workshops. The project, supported by Booths Supermarkets, will cumulate in a performance at the Annual Summer Concert at the  Kings Hall in Ilkley on 13 July at 1.00pm.

The workshops are open to wheelchair users aged between 9 and 26 and will take place on 4 July and 6 July at Northern Ballet’s new state-of-the-art centre for dance in Leeds and on 11 July at the West Park Centre in Leeds.

Northern Ballet dance artists Caroline Burn and Zoe Parker will lead the sessions which will introduce participants to movement in their chairs, encouraging them to explore using their bodies in different ways, helping them to strengthen their muscles and improve core stability.

Caroline Burn, Northern Ballet Dance Education Officer said “Dance is not an obvious activity for wheelchair users to participate in but the Wheelchair Dance project demonstrates that dance really can be enjoyed by everyone. The project forms part of our work to encourage people with additional needs to take part in dance. It will offer a different perspective on traditional ideas of what wheelchair dance is and how wheelchair users can move.

“This is the second year of the project and we held taster sessions in the spring to encourage new participants to take part. Now at the invitation of the The Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts the young people will have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.”

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