START matinee performance

Published on Thursday 14 December, 2017

On Thursday 7 December more than 800 primary and secondary school pupils attended the START matinee performance of The Little Mermaid at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Established in 2008 by Northern Ballet’s Learning team, the START project introduces young people to high quality dance and performance who may have limited access to the arts due to their social, cultural or economic background. As part of the project, young people participate in a workshop led by one of our Dance Education Officers before attending a Northern Ballet performance at the theatre. These workshops are accompanied by a live pianist and give pupils the opportunity to learn ballet technique and repertoire from the performance they will see whilst developing their own creativity.

This year’s START matinee was particularly special because it was exclusively performed for school groups and their teachers. There was a sense of excitement as soon as the first school walked through the doors; for many it was their first ever trip to a theatre, for others their first time watching a ballet. There was constant applause and gasps of awe and admiration throughout the performance.

The START matinees are always a highlight of our year and we are proud to continue to offer such opportunities to young people, providing individuals with their first live ballet experience and championing our belief that ballet is for everyone.