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Artist and Choreographer Holly Blakey dives into the hyper-sexualised language of the music video to address ideas of connectivity, gender and class in Some Greater Class  Dancers writhe and contract in a modern day Garden of Eden, navigating the complexities of voyeurism and pleasure whilst laying bare the subtle and not-so-subtle dynamics of contemporary pop culture. Created in collaboration with musicians Gwilym Gold and Darkstar, Some Greater Class inscribes the process of viewing and being viewed on the performer’s bodies, delicately commenting on the normative ideals promoted in mainstream pop culture. From explosive energy to vulnerability and transgression, the dancers’ search for connection offers a potent reminder of the radical potential of live performance.

This project is co-produced by The Kevin Spacey Foundation and supported by Arts Council England.

Thursday 19 October


Tickets: £10 (£5)



K-Arts Dance Company presents a mixed bill of five short works from their growing repertoire, exploring East-Asian customs and culture. Hailing from Korea’s National University of Art, the company have been established since 1993 and have been touring to major cities around the world and since 2001.

Works include: Bow by MiSook Jeon, Mob by DongKyu Kim, Carcara by SungHoon Kim, No Comment by ChangHo Shin and Thank you by Bora Kim.

K-Arts promises unique movement styles and some brilliant young dancers.

K-Arts Dance Company | Mixed bill

16 November 2017

Tickets: £8 (£5)



With set design by renowned visual artist Jim Hodges (Association Internationale des Critiques d’art), YAMA explores the mythology associated with mountains inspired by the pagan and animist rituals practised among the mountains of Tohoku, Japan. Created with the dancers of Scottish Dance Theatre YAMA is an awe-inspiring piece that gathers energy as it grows.  Jalet has been responsible for some of the most revered productions of the last 10 years, including Babel (Laurence Olivier award 2011) and work with Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and a radical re-staging of Bolero with Marina Abramovic  at the Paris Opera.

Scottish Dance Theatre| YAMA

Thursday 23 November


Tickets: £10 (£5)


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Spain Meets Scotland Meets Yorkshire – A Dynamic Dance Experience

Leeds-based dance company, Slanjayvah Danza perform their new show at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton on 14th Nov.

‘6 Feet, 3 Shoes’ is a celebration of friendship, cultural exchange and history through dance, music and storytelling.  Telling the tale of three friends, how they meet and communicate without words.  Over time they learn exceptional Spanglish, find themselves dancing like an octopus (even across swords), using the word, “love” frivolously, yet eliminating their “false friends”, meeting family across the waters and wondering who the heck is “Gay Gordon”?

Rooted in traditional (TRAD) arts, set in a contemporary context, the piece is full of feisty rhythmical dance, cultural references and humour.

“Get ready for some fierce percussive dance, traditional foot stomping music, tender moments and a giggle”, says director and choreographer, Jen Wren. “We are absolutely delighted to be working with award winning folk musician Cormac Byrne who, along with the band, has really helped bring this piece to life.

“6 Feet, 3 Shoes is not just a performance, but an experience.  It is an opportunity to not only watch some incredible international performance artists entertain through dance, music and storytelling, but an opportunity to get up yourself and join in as we transition the evening into a ceildih/feria style party for all.”

Now in their 14th year, Slanjayvah Danza’s projects and productions respond to real life stories which resonate across generations and cultures, challenging perceptions and provoking thought and discussion across a range of social topics and geographical constituencies.

Sure to have your toes tapping and smile smiling, book your performance and post show Cèilidh tickets at

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Room 2 Manoeuvre Bring Breakdance Theatre to The Carriageworks


‘Without a Hitch’ showcases Scotland’s urban dance scene in an explosive original performance at The Carriageworks Theatre on Saturday 14 October.

Ambition, jealousy and frustration manifest in a four man b-boy crew, struggling to move in the same direction. Following the downward spiral of the group, Without a Hitch uses powerful breakdancing and hip hop moves in Room 2 Manoeuvre’s new dance theatre production.

Room 2 Manoeuvre is an Edinburgh based dance company led by British dancer/choreographer Tony Mills. ‘Without a Hitch’ has been described as funny, dynamic, clever yet accessible.

Tickets for Without a Hitch are £12.50 (£10.50 concessions), and can be booked on 0113 376 0318 and

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Gracefool Collective to Perform at Northern Connections at NSCD



Dance company Gracefool Collective returns to Riley Theatre at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance on 28th September for Northern Connections – a triple bill profiling up-and-coming choreographers.

Describing themselves as makers of ‘post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance for the modern day’ the four-woman company has been making waves on the Yorkshire dance scene and across the UK ever since they graduated from NSCD in 2013.

The group performed its original work ‘This Really Is Too Much’ recently at the Edinburgh Fringe, where they as part of the ‘Underbelly Untapped‘ season – a raucous, provocative and funny performance exploring the absurd realities of life as a young woman today.

Northern Connections, a professional development scheme for emerging dance artists, presents an opportunity for the Gracefools to create a new work that wrestles with the idea of ‘twosomeness’ or ‘coupling up’.

In addition, the Northern Connections showcase will feature the creative duo 70:30 Split, and choreographer Joseph Reay-Reid. Each will have just three weeks to create a new work. Audiences can expect playful physicality, sharp writing and arresting characters.

Northern Connections is at the Riley Theatre at NSCD on 28th September, 7pm. Tickets are available from 0113 219 3018 or online at



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Dance Creates Conference

Photograph © Jane Hobson

Anyone interested in or involved in dance for young people is invited to take part in ‘Dance Creates’, Yorkshire Dance’s sixth annual conference, on Thursday 26th October at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax.

Presented in partnership with The Children & Young People’s Dance Network North, the conference aims to offer networking opportunities, co-ordinate training and professional development sessions, and share youth dance activity across the north. It will examine young people’s voice in dance choreography and performance through debates, practical workshops, talks and performances.

Practical and discussion sessions will be led by a variety of dance artists and companies, including One Dance UK, National Youth Dance Company and Vincent Dance Theatre. International guests include Michael Keegan-Dolan, Artistic Director of TeacDamsa and 2015-2016 Guest Artistic Director of National Youth Dance Company, and Dirk de Lathauwer of fABULEUS, the Belgium-based theatre and dance company that focuses on young audience and talent development.

Several dance films from Channel 4’s Random Acts North will be screened, each film being directed by a young artist or filmmaker between the ages of 16 and 24. These will include films by Lizzie Klotz, Josh Hawkins, Akeim Toussaint Buck and Alex Ayre.

The day will also feature a performance by Hull Youth Dance, whose members have been working with the National Youth Dance Company to create a curtain-raiser for the forthcoming NYDC tour.

“Dance Creates is one of our most exciting conferences to date, bringing together national and international perspectives and involving young people from across the North of England”, said Hannah Robertshaw, Projects Director, Yorkshire Dance. “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Children and Young People’s Dance Network North and hosting the event in the newly renovated Square Chapel in Halifax which provides a beautiful location for what will be a thought-provoking and inspiring day.”

Tickets for Dance Creates are available now, priced £20 – £45, from Yorkshire Dance’s box office, 0113 243 8765 or online at


Early-bird booking discounts available until Thursday 31 August 2017.



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Choreographer Gary Clarke Brings LGBT History “Into the Light”


A spectacular new dance piece by award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke will present a fast-forward version of LGBT history, in a moving and riotous performance commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

Yorkshire Dance has produced ‘Into The Light’ for Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s week-long LGBT 50 programme. It will be a celebratory centrepiece to Duckie Summer Tea Party, taking place at Queen Victoria Square in Hull on Saturday 29th  July.

The piece looks back at landmark events in LGBT+ history over five decades: from a secret world in which homosexuality was illegal, through to the present day, as thousands of people join together for this vibrant, family-friendly performance in the open air.

Yorkshire Dance associate artist Gary Clarke (COAL) brings together a mixed cast of professional and non-professional dancers: uniting contemporary dance artists Harry Theaker, TC Howard, Eleanor Perry, Daniel Gordon, Tamar Draper, Patrick Ziza, Dom Coffey and Natali McCleary with 42 people from Hull, ranging from under 16s to over 60s, and first-time performers to those with a passion for dance. All 42 are taking part to have fun, raise awareness or support the LGBT+ community, feed-in experiences or memories from their own lifetimes, and be performers and collaborators in this unique dance piece.

The 30-minute performance will flow through the crowds at Duckie Summer Tea Party and will take place twice during the afternoon. At the very end of the performance, the thousands of people in the square will be invited to join in with a mass dance.

A video tutorial has been released for thousands of participants to take place in a mass dance [] Two public workshops will be held for people to drop-in and learn the moves from the team in advance of the performances (Wed 12 July, Kardomah, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull, HU1 2AN.6pm-7pm & Wed 19 July, Duckie’s Shop, 95 Jameson Street, Hull, HU1 3JJ. 6.30pm-7.30pm, both free.)

INTO THE LIGHT: Sat 29 Jul, 1pm Queen Victoria Square, Hull, part of Duckie Summer Tea Party, free.


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Mesh: Dance Project With Free Workshops Calls for Participants

Mesh, a dance research project by Vanessa Grasse, is looking for people to take part. The project begins at the end of June and takes place throughout July in Leeds and Wakefield.

In response to our current divisive political climate, Mesh looks at how a choreographic work for a large group can create a ritual of togetherness in different indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Working with a group of professional and non-professional dancers and collaborating with anthropologist Tim Ingold and science writer Philip Ball, Mesh engages people from different background through a series of workshops open to all. It also includes a public talk by Tim Ingold. The process culminates in 2 public performances in Leeds and Wakefield.


Workshops at Yorkshire Dance

Explore collaborative group movement and formations in response to each other, architecture and everyday urban choreographies.
Creating playful rituals of togetherness; mindfully navigating and getting lost through the city; re-imagining new forms of collective
presence in public spaces.

Saturday 24 June, 1 and 8 July Open Workshops 10:30am-2:30pm
Saturday 15 July Rehearsal 10:30am-2:30pm
Friday 21 July Rehearsal + Performance 12pm-5pm (exact times tbc)

Workshops at The Hepworth Wakefield

Explore collaborative movement and sculptural formations inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s artwork at the gallery. Responding to various indoor and outdoor spaces. By creating playful rituals of togetherness, you will question audience responses and pathways in the gallery exploring the figure and body, landscapes and their relationship to one and another.

Sunday 9 and 16 July Open Workshops 10:30am-1:30pm
Monday 17 and Tue 18 July Rehearsal 10am-1pm
Saturday 22 July Rehearsal 12:30pm-2:30pm + Performance 3pm

Open to adults of all ages with a good level of fitness and mobility. No dance experience required.
You can join either the Leeds or Wakefield workshops or both.

By attending two workshops you will be able to join the final rehearsals with the professional dancers
and take part in the final sharings.

(To take part in both the Leeds and Wakefield sharing you need to attend 2 workshops in each locality).

For more info and to sign up please contact

Please state if you would like to attend just the workshops or also take part in the final work in progress performances.

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Gillie Kleiman Presents New Dance Performance: Recreation


Experimental and humourous, Recreation is a new dance performance created by artist Gillie Kleiman exploring ideas around work, leisure, and pleasure. It’s about the things that we do that aren’t work, or that aren’t quite work. It’s a show about caring, about cooking, about sex, about gardening and meditating and singing in the kitchen and playing five-a-side, and, of course, about dancing.

Recreation has a core cast of three – Amanda Drago, Victoria Guy and Kit Haigh – who are joined on stage by two guest performers local to each new location where the show is presented. In addition, the project includes an open workshop in each location, offering the opportunity for local people to join the process.

Performed by professional, not-quite-professional and non-professional dancers, Recreation is a lamentation for leisure, a choreographed question of labour, a danced demand for seeing our value beyond our work.

Preview performance at Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, St Peter’s Square,  LS9 8AH, Fri 9 June, 7.30pm,   £8/6, 0113 243 8765,




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Junior ‘Stepping Out’ in his West End Debut


Junior Frood (12) from Meanwood recently got to perform on a London West End Stage.

The opportunity came about when the Leeds West Academy student contacted ITV This Morning in support of their ‘Be Kind’ anti-bullying campaign. Junior, who is on the Diana Award National Anti-bullying Youth Board for England was invited to chat on the famous sofa with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby and to tell his story of how he overcame the bullying that he suffered because of his love of dancing. Phillip Schofield asked “What’s the big dream?” to which Junior replied “to be in a West End Musical”.

Junior and Amanda Holden just before showtime

Following this, Britain’s Got Talent Judge Amanda Holden, who is currently starring in the musical ‘Stepping Out’ at the Vaudeville Theatre, contacted the show and offered to make his dream come true.

Junior spent the day with the show’s choreographer Tim Jackson, who taught Junior the finale dance that he would get to perform that night with the whole cast. Tim couldn’t believe how quickly he picked up the choreography. Junior was then introduced to the show’s costume designer Denny Evans who made Junior a costume to match the rest of the cast, complete with sparkly top hat and cane.

L-R: Choreographer Tim Jackson,Amanda Holden, Junior, his mum Kerry, and Maggie Paterson, Junior’s Principal from Pineapple Performing Arts.


The best moment came when he got to meet Amanda Holden, one of his idols. He got to rehearse with her and the rest of the cast and was interviewed with her by ITV This Morning, who were on hand to film Junior’s performance for a follow up story on the show.


Junior and his little brother Jake with Philip and Holly on This Morning


It was made all the more special as Maggie Paterson, principal of Pineapple Performing Arts School   where Junior has a full scholarship was in the audience to watch Junior’s West End debut.


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Rosie Kay Dance Co at Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre



Award-winning Rosie Kay Dance Company comes to Leeds this May with a thrilling new work, MK ULTRA. Performing at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 9 May for one night only, this is an exploration of the bizarre realm of mind control conspiracies from the choreographer of the five star 5 SOLDIERS and hit film Sunshine on Leith.

Rosie Kay is one of the UK’s leading choreographers and is renowned for her athletic movement and intelligent theatricality. Inspired by pop culture, mind control and Illuminati imagery MK ULTRA brings a hypnotic, high energy, supercharged mash-up of dance and music to the stage. With a typically fearless eye, Kay delves deep into this world and conjures up something entirely new, subverting the subversive.

MK ULTRA features music composed by Annie Mahtani, set and video design by Louis Price, lighting design by Mike Gunning, and costume design by Gary Card. One of London’s most talked about talents, Card has previously worked with pop stars such as Lady Gaga, and MK ULTRA exhibits his first designs for contemporary dance.

“At a time when everything is fake, or at least we don’t trust what’s real any more, MK ULTRA looks at what this world really feels like and what affect it is having on us, whether we know it or not,” says Rosie Kay. “Be prepared for high-energy, high-octane dance, a mash up of dance styles, subliminal and secret messages, incredible video, light and costume visuals, music that wraps around your senses and a deeper, darker political edge”.

Tickets for MK ULTRA by Rosie Kay Dance Company at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds are on sale now and can be booked online at or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008. Tickets are priced at £12.50.


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