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Access all areas open day with Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre

Press release date 
Tue 21 Jan 2014

Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre are throwing open their doors to the public on Saturday 15 February and inviting people to take a rare glimpse at what life is like behind-the-scenes in their multi-award winning building. Open House 2014 is a day of free events, which will run from 11am-4:30pm at the companies Quarry Hill home in central Leeds.

Visitors will get to sample for free an array of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s dancing treats such as: open rehearsals and company class, an insight into the creativity of the wardrobe department and their magnificent costumes, and a sharing of items from Northern Ballet’s Archive. There will also be craft activities, storytelling and face painting for younger dance fans to get involved in.

The open day has a timetable which promises to be fun for all the family and ideal for everyone, from dance enthusiasts to those people who consider themselves dancing disasters. Everybody has the chance to get involved, with taster classes for the very young to the over 55’s, plus workshops for people with a physical disability and additional needs.

Selina McGonagle, Northern Ballet’s Director of Learning, said “Open House is a great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at two of the UK’s best loved dance companies. There are plenty of activities for all the family so, if you have never been to our home before or seen professional dance, come and find out more.”

Natalie Davies, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Interim Head of Access and Education, said “For anyone interested in dance, Open House is a fantastic opportunity to find out more.  Whether you’re keen to take part, looking to gain an insight into the work of a professional dance company, or hoping to forge a career in dance and looking for some advice, this event has something for everyone.  Come along, bring family and friends, and enjoy a fun filled day.”

Open House 2014 will be the third year that Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre have opened up their home to the public. All events are free although some will require pre-booking. To book, or for further information, please visit northern

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