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Published on Tuesday 24 October, 2017

It’s a very busy week here at Northern Ballet headquarters as the Company are performing Ugly Duckling, a ballet for children, at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre from Monday until Saturday. As well as fitting 17 performances into just one week, our family friendly foyer will be open for business, with lots of craft activities, treasure trails and even a chance to try your luck with hook-a-duck! We also have Relaxed Performances at 11am on Friday and Saturday. The performances are almost sold out - visit theatreleeds.com to see if you can get yourself some of the last remaining tickets.

2017 also marks the first year of the Quarry Hill Open House event, where the cultural organisations based in Quarry Hill will open their doors to the public so you can explore what they have to offer. Alongside the Ugly Duckling performances, we will be holding some exclusive workshops which you can book through the Leeds 2023 website.

Amongst all this exciting activity, Northern Ballet’s Learning department are working in partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice for the Let’s Dance project, which is now in its fifth year. Once a month, five families who attend Martin House have been coming along to Northern Ballet to take part in dance workshops, photography workshops and music therapy sessions. The families will also have the chance to learn more about Northern Ballet’s Technical & Wardrobe departments whilst spending quality time together.

As part of the project, the families will also see two live ballets at two different theatres. Their first live ballet is this week’s Ugly Duckling, so they haven’t got much longer to wait! Everyone is very excited as they have been learning all about the Ugly Duckling story and will be making up their own dances based on the show. In December, the families will see The Little Mermaid at Leeds Grand Theatre. This will be a fantastic day not only because the group will see the show, but also because they will have the opportunity to meet the dancers - and have Christmas lunch!

The project culminates in January 2018 when each family will display their own photographic exhibition created over the course of the Let’s Dance project, displaying images that represent them as a family and their time during the project.

Here are some examples of exhibitions that families have created in the past:

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