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Expressions 2016

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Here at Northern Ballet we are very much looking forward to our annual Expressions platform on Wednesday 22 June.

Expressions is a dance sharing which brings together inclusive dance groups from all over the UK, giving talented disabled dancers the chance to showcase their skills to an audience on a professional stage. Northern Ballet invities local organisations who deliver programmes for disabled people to perform in a professional space and share their work. 

Introducing...Ability

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After weeks of discussing, planning, filming and refining, our film Introducing…Ability is finally complete. Creating a dance film was completely new to all the dancers and it was the first time Sophie and I had worked this way with a group together. Sophie said, 'It was a learning curve for all of us and a process we’d all like to repeat.' 

Making a film - Week five

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At the start of this week’s session we watched footage from last week and began to discuss a structure for the film. We thought of what might create an exciting beginning and what would keep our audience interested.  I played the footage with and without music to make the participants think about how this changed the feeling of the footage.

Making a film - Week four

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In Ability this week, we explored movement in the Atrium. Sophie and the participants devised a sequence focussing on the use of their head, hands and arms. As a group we decided the sequence would look effective filmed from a high angle.

I decided to film the sequence from other angles so the participants had a choice for the final edit. We also discussed what they would like to hear in the soundtrack. We were inspired by jazz music and the sounds their hands made as they hit the table.

Making a film - inspiration

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This week in Ability we began to create work in our first location on level 3 of the building.

We thought about expected and unexpected actions that might happen there, and used these to help create movement in and around the sofa area. We filmed sequences from different angles and looked through the footage to decide what we thought looked best.

Making a film - inspiration

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This term, Sophie and I will be working with the Ability participants to create a dance film around the Northern Ballet building.

Don't miss out this Easter!

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We still have places available on our Easter Course 2015, which this year will be inspired by Northern Ballet’s production of Elves & the Shoemaker.

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

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This week is National Apprenticeship week and as Northern Ballet’s first Dance Education Apprentice, I wanted to talk about the benefits of my apprenticeship.

Meet our Dance Education Apprentice

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