Thursday, 29 January 2015

Accessible Dance: Northern Ballet's In Motion

Samantha Carruthers

One of my personal ballet highlights of 2014 was Ballet Cymru's performance of Stuck in the Mud in the streets and on the beaches of Llandudno (see An Explosion of Joy 21 Sep 2014). I was therefore pleased to read Samantha Carruthers's article Accessible Dance at Northern Ballet. She mentioned that she had just undergone a two day training course at Stopgap Dance Company which came just in time for Northern Ballet's In Motion programme.

That programme is for for self propelling wheelchair users and others with mobility issues aged 8 between 19. It is intended to enable them to let their creativity flourish and give them the confidence to move in a way they have never done before. The classes, which are designed to develop pupils' strength, flexibility and creative expression, take place  in Northern Ballet's studios at Quarry Hill. There is a taster class at 13:00 on 22 March. Subsequent classes take place on Sundays between April and July at a cost of £6.50 per pupil per session.

Enquiries should be made to the Learning Team on 0113 220 8000.

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