Case Studies

Yorkshire Dance is very proud to share some stories of how its work has affected the lives of young people, adults with learning disabilities, emerging artists and dance practitioners.

Jo Cummins - ReBuzz - Fresh 2015 (c) Brian SlaterJoe Cummins
Rotherham Boys Project

Joe joined Rotherham Boys Project in 2013, before which he had little experience of dance. Through it, he has developed in confidence, skill and enthusiasm and was nominated in 2015 as lead choreographer for the regional Dance Whispers project.

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Sophie UnwinSophie Unwin
New Associate Artist

Sophie was one of our four New Associates from 2012-2014. These emerging artists experienced a sustained relationship with Yorkshire Dance, supported by The Fenton Arts Trust, designed to enable them to improve the quality of their work and help them build sustainable careers as dance artists.

“Being a New Associate has given me the freedom to explore my practice in a safe and supportive atmosphere.”

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Charlie Buchanan in Yorkshire Post - Mar 2013Charlie Buchanan
The Yorkshire Post‘s Nick Ahad meets Charlie Buchanan, a member of Yorkshire Dance Youth, 4 March 2013.

“I can express myself when I dance. You don’t have to be good at maths or English, you don’t have to have a lot of money, you don’t have to be all skinny. There are no right or wrong answers. With dance it’s just about feeling the music. In life there are a lot of times when the answer’s either wrong or right, like in exams. But in dance it’s not like that.”

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Jordan Massarella (c) Daniel ConnorJordan Massarella
Jordan Massarella, from Barnsley, trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He was spotted by Yorkshire Dance in his third year, and invited to become one of the company’s New Associates.

“I feel I’ve learnt a lot, I feel like a young professional, and I feel supported.”

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Laura Murphy (c) Chris NashLaura Murphy
Laura Murphy is a dance teacher, who graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2011, majoring in Dance Education. She supports the teaching of Yorkshire Dance’s young companies, assisting with Yorkshire Dance Youth seniors, an all-female youth-dance company aged 13-18 years whose members are drawn from Seacroft and Gipton.

“I love the energy that young people have and their ideas are really original and fresh. Working with them is really fun – you thrive on their enthusiasm.”

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Leaps & Bounds (c) Brian SlaterLeaps and Bounds
Leaps and Bounds is part of a partnership with Leeds Adult Social Care to create opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to take part in group activities that combine movement, fun and dance in a sociable environment. As support services for learning disabled adults have moved from centralised day-care into community-care, Yorkshire Dance enables people to meet old friends, learn new skills and enjoy a regular group activity where their needs are understood and met.

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Nathan Geering (c) Michael MasserNathan Geering
Nathan, a founding member of hip hop performance company Rationale Productions, was invited in 2012 to be a Yorkshire Dance New Associate.

“Working with Yorkshire Dance has put me on the map in Yorkshire, opened up new opportunities to work with different types of dance artists, and allowed me to test out work.”

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Sammi Stewart with Yorkshire Dance Youth at Fresh 2013 (c) Brian SlaterSammi Stewart
Sammi is from Seacroft in Leeds where she currently attends the David Young Academy. She discovered Yorkshire Dance four years ago and has been part of Yorkshire Dance Youth for two years. Sammi is in her final year of sixth form and is hoping to go to University to study dance and choreography.

“… when it comes to dance, it’s the best thing for bringing my confidence out. At primary school, dancing was just for fun, but coming to Yorkshire Dance brought me out of myself.”

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