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Each year we run open Easter and Summer Courses, each over four days which brings together dance, drama and storytelling. As well as working with our professional dance artists, young people often have the opportunity to work with a guest artist from another art form. This summer (2015) the young people on the course created this amazing film! Open Easter Course Open Summer Course
During the summer term of the Ability course, a dance course is specifically designed for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, participants created a dance film, which was premiered at the Beyond Arts festival in June 2015.
Northern Ballet, one of the UK’s leading dance companies, has been working with three children’s centres in Leeds to explore the tales of classic children’s books Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Supported by Wade’s Charity, Northern Ballet works with children’s centres annually in areas of deprivation and least engagement with the arts.
This week is Children's Hospice Week, organised by Together for Short Lives, and the focus this year is ‘making every moment count’. Having managed the START Hospices project that we've delivered for the last two years in partnership with Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa, Children's Hospice Week has made me stop and think about how the project affects the lives of the families who take part.
This term, Sophie and I will be working with the Ability participants to create a dance film around the Northern Ballet building.
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.
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.
Northern Ballet is preparing to welcome 900 students and teachers from over 20 schools and colleges in West Yorkshire to a special dedicated performance of the Company’s new Romeo and Juliet at Leeds Grand Theatre on 11 March. The performance, which falls during National Apprentice Week, is a key part of the Grand Futures Leeds Arts Partnership and Northern Ballet’s START project which together aim to introduce young people to the arts and the potential opportunities for a future career within the arts industry.
I’m not sure if you’re aware of our ‘spotted’ scheme delivered in partnership by Learning and the Academy to ‘spot’ and nurture potential ballet talent in Leeds?
I have recently been on a two day training course with Stopgap Dance Company exploring inclusive dance teaching. It was an inspiring couple of days and I really enjoyed meeting different teachers and dancers from across Yorkshire. The time and space to work with different teachers allowed me to research deeper in to different techniques to ensure our offer of dance at Northern Ballet is accessible, innovative and inspiring.


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