International Wheelchair Day 2018

Published on Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Did you know that Thursday 1 March is International Wheelchair Day? This annual day enables wheelchair users from across the world to celebrate the positive impact that their wheelchair has on their lives.

At Northern Ballet we believe everybody should have the opportunity to dance, so we are delighted that in motion, our programme of dance classes for wheelchair users, will be resuming this spring. in motion classes help participants to develop their strength and flexibility whilst giving them the opportunity to be creative and explore movement. Following the success of the programme last year, we are looking forward to welcoming even more young people and adults to take part in our taster sessions and classes.

Every in motion class begins with a ballet inspired warm-up, using adapted techniques to prepare the body and develop participants’ range of movement. Participants then explore movement through creative tasks, looking at different ways to express their ideas.

We are also pleased to announce that emerging artist Jem Clancy will be working with participants this year to create new work. The participants will then perform this work at Expressions as part of the BEYOND Festival, which celebrates the work of disabled artists in Leeds.

If you are a wheelchair user and would like to give our classes a try, we are holding two free taster sessions at Northern Ballet in Leeds on Sunday 18 March: one from 10am – 12pm for 8 – 19 years and another from 1pm – 3pm for adults. Specialist dance/sports wheelchairs are not required, as we have a number available should you wish to use them.

Weekly classes will begin shortly afterwards on Sunday 29 April. For a full list of class dates, please see here. For more information about in motion or to chat about your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning team on 0113 220 8000 or email Lauren Prydderch (Learning Project Manager) on

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