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In Motion

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‘If I could describe In Motion in one word, it would be ‘epic’!’ (Daisy)

In Motion (our dance classes for wheelchair users) started again a few weeks ago, beginning with our classes for those aged 8 – 19 years. This year we are delighted to have welcomed five new participants to the course, all of whom travel from across the North of England to take part. Classes help participants to develop their strength and flexibility whilst giving them the opportunity to be creative and explore movement.

Community workshops

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The stage is set, the lights are up and our company dancers are busy performing Goldilocks & the Three Bears across the country as part of our Short Ballets for Small People tour. But before the dancers arrive at the venues, our Dance Education Officers visit each town to engage local children with the story and develop audiences.

Exchanges at Bradford Alhambra Theatre

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Dance Education Officer Philippa Ranger tells us about Exchanges, a celebration of Bradford's exciting and diverse dance landscape.

Grand Futures School Challenge

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On Friday 6 January, Northern Ballet welcomed students from three Leeds secondary schools for the Grand Futures Schools Challenge 2017.

Ability Victoria Gate Performance

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On Friday 21 October, Northern Ballet's Ability dancers performed along the golden carpet as part of the opening celebrations of the new Victoria Gate Shopping Centre in Leeds. They did brilliantly, especially as the performance was their first chance to run the piece in a long, narrow space. 

The 4 weeks spent creating and rehearsing the piece had taken place in a small studio and we had to spill out into the corridor to get an idea of how far we would need to travel on the golden carpet.

Meet our new Dance Education Apprentice

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My name is Ebony Godridge and I am the new Dance Education Apprentice at Northern Ballet. I recently graduated with a BA (Hons) Dance degree from Leeds Beckett University and I’m hoping I can bring the skills I have learnt from my degree to the Learning team, to help plan workshops and projects. My main role as apprentice will be to support and assist our Dance Education Officers in the many workshops and projects that they deliver.

Summer holidays are here!

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The summer holidays are here and we’re sure that children and adults alike are looking forward to a break and making the most the sunny weather!

If you’re looking for something active, fun and creative for your kid's to do during the holidays, look no further than Northern Ballet's open Summer Course from 22 – 25 August. We still have places for anyone aged 7-11 years who would like to take part!

Getting little feet moving

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Northern Ballet’s Learning team always have a wide variety of projects on the go, whether out on tour or in Leeds. Find out about two recent projects working with young people across Yorkshire…

Children’s Centres, Leeds

National Apprenticeship Week

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This week has been National Apprenticeship Week and as Northern Ballet now employs two apprentices it is a nice time to reflect on their experiences. 

Keisha is approaching the end of her 18 month apprenticeship in the Learning team where she has been developing the skills and experience to become a Dance Education Officer.

The Nutcracker out & about

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Feeling Christmassy in the Northern Ballet Learning office...

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