Rise is a new Northern Ballet education project which focuses on health and wellbeing in schools. With funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and The Steel Charitable Trust the pilot project will run for two years from September 2019 across five schools in West Yorkshire.

Through the project, Key Stage 2 pupils will take part in weekly dance classes as part of their core curriculum, using ballet and creative movement to explore their health and wellbeing. They will also study a Northern Ballet production, working with a live pianist to enhance the experience. The culmination of each year will be a trip to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch a Northern Ballet production.

We are delighted to be working with Dr Louise McDowall (Research Fellow in Exercise and Health Psychology) and Dr Shaunna Burke (Associate Professor in Exercise and Health Psychology) from the University of Leeds to examine the benefits to pupils’ resilience, body confidence, communication and self-expression skills.

      The Steel Charitable Trust