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New Performance Project Calls for Young Creatives

The Geraldine Connor Foundation is currently searching for young creatives aged 14+ and based in Leeds who are interested in music, spoken word, dance or film to create and take part in a production celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Windrush.
The ship called ‘Empire Windrush’ brought the first wave of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948, marking the beginning of the mass immigration movement in the UK that resulted in an estimated 172,000 West Indian born people living in the UK by 1961. To many, they are known as the Windrush Generation.The brand-new production will explore this momentous historical event and its impact in Britain today.Weekly workshop sessions will be on Monday’s 6-8pm at the Mandela Centre in Leeds, starting on Monday 20th November, and lead to performances in June 2018.

The GFC is looking for passionate and creative young people interested in exploring their cultural heritage to sign up for this exciting new project, which will also provides the opportunity to achieve the Arts Award at Bronze or Silver level.

Please note, these workshops are free to attend and, although this opportunity is unpaid, it is a fantastic chance to develop your creative skills and work alongside professional artists.

Want to find out more and express your interest?

Contact the Geraldine Connor Foundation by email at or call 0113 243 1166. For more details on this exciting project, click here.

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Award-winning Ballet Black Returns with New Triple Bill


Leeds favourite Ballet Black returns to the city for the sixth year running to present a new Triple Bill of bold and inventive dance at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 17 and 18 November.

Ballet Black’s Triple Bill includes a new ballet by South Bank Sky Arts Award winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (co-commissioned by the Barbican and dramaturgy by Patricia Doyle), who turns a popular fairytale on its head as she gives Red Riding Hood a surprising twist.

French choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela presents Dopamine (you make my levels go silly), a beautiful pas de deux about love and passion with an original score created by acclaimed British composer Fabio D’Andrea. Captured displays the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance’s edgy choreography, characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy set to a Shostakovich string quartet.

Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black’s Triple Bill blends classical, contemporary, narrative and abstract in a programme performed by her company of world-class international ballet dancers of black and Asian descent. The Company aims to bring ballet to a more culturally diverse audience by celebrating the talent of dancers from around the world.

Tickets for Ballet Black at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre are on sale now and can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 0113 220 8008. Tickets are priced at £17.50.


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A Work of Genius From Anjali Dance Company


Anjali Dance Company brings its new production Genius to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 7th November with a double bill of world premières by award-winning choreographers Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson.

Anjali celebrates the creative abilities and artistic potential of people with learning disabilities through dance. Through their innovative and pioneering work, the Company engages the dance community in a debate about aesthetics, form and inclusion. In this new double bill, which marks the Company’s debut Leeds performance, Anjali’s exceptional group of talented dancers perform two dramatic explorations of genius.

In a series of touching and darkly humorous short sketches, Gary Clarke’s Beethoven looks at the extraordinary personal life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven through gothic, cinematic and highly theatrical choreography.

The second half of the programme, Bloodsucker by Lea Anderson, is based on the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film. With a specially commissioned soundtrack by composer Steve Blake, the piece is performed in a three-sided box to create the impression of film edits, and is brought to life by designer Simon Vincenzi’s fairground and carnival setting.

Tickets 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, and the 1pm matinée will be a Relaxed Performance.


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Local Dancer Junior Frood Wins British Citizen Youth Award

Recently, Leeds youngster and keen dancer, Junior Frood (13) attended The House of Lords by special invitation from The Rt Hon. the Lord Dholakia to receive a British Citizen Youth Award.

He was presented with this honour for his charity work, which has seen him help raise over £300,000 for charities including Martin House Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice plus many more charities.

The award also recognises the campaigning and anti-bullying work he has done to help support other male dancers and prove to the world that boys can dance and should be able to do so free from abuse, discrimination and bullying.

At the medal ceremony, Junior got to meet Ashley Banjo from dance group Diversity, who presented Junior with his award and is one of his dancing idols and inspirations.

Ashley said Junior’s anti-bullying work was something very close to his heart and that he was so inspired and proud of what Junior had achieved, and that he couldn’t wait to dance with him. He has invited Junior to the Diversity Dance Studios where he will train with and perform with Diversity.

Junior, who attends Leeds West Academy, also received The Diana  Courageous Citizen Award last year and is an anti-bullying ambassador for The Diana Award on the National Youth Board for England.

The British Citizen Youth Awards were developed to recognise the individual endeavours of young people who have positively impacted society, communities, charities or other good causes.

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Upcoming Shows at Northern School of Contemporary Dance




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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