Hull & East Riding

Areas covered: City of Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire

Hub Co-ordinators

Ruth Drake, Arts Development Officer, Hull City Council
Marguerite Mackley, Head of Creative Arts, Hull College

Hull Youth Dance Company performing at FRESH 2014 (c) Brian Slater

Contact Ruth:

Ruth Drake
Arts Development Officer
City Arts Unit
4th Floor, Kingston House
Bond Street
Hull HU1 3ER
Tel: 01482 612685

Facebook: Creative Voice



Working in Collaboration (inclusive dance workshops)

Ganton School
by Stephanie Potter (2Blondes Dance Company) & Sam Lawrence
Read it here

Sports Development Project – George Ashton Day Service
by Stephanie Potter (2Blondes Dance Company) & Sandra Thompson (Sahara Dance)
Read it here


Ruth Drake – Hull City Arts (Joint Hub Lead)

City Arts Unit aims to develop the arts through the support and encouragement of creative people and has a strategic brief that encompasses all art forms, amateur and professional levels of arts activity, community and youth arts, arts in schools, arts funding, advocacy work, and an advisory service.

It has a strong ten year history of both youth arts and dance development supporting youth dance companies, outreach workshops, training and mentoring programmes and performance opportunities. This includes the programming of professional dance companies. It has particularly developed both the Creative Voice and Hull Dance brands. Last year also saw City Arts delivering the first Hull Dance Prize with six local dance companies competing for £2,500 with feedback from a judging panel of dance professionals and the audience.


East Yorkshire Hub Partners:

East Riding County Council
Wyke College
Hull College
Wilberforce College
Hull Sports Development
Hull Truck
Hull Kingston Rovers
East Riding Special Dance

and independent artists:
Stephanie Potter
Jo Ashbridge
Sam Lawrence
Sandra Thompson
Gemma Barker

Hull & East Riding updates

  • Dance First Aid with Underwood Training
  • Unite Youth Dance Platform, 1st March
  • Hull Dance Prize – March (dates tbc)
  • Northern Ballet The Elves and the Shoemaker – 13th March, Bridlington Spa



East Riding Youth Dance County Company

Aim of programme

East Riding Youth Dance County Company aims to provide sustainable quality dance provision throughout the East Riding for talented young people aged 11-18 in the local area. The project will target young people from across the across the county and provides:

• Focussed dance training for young people who are targeted for their dance ability
• High level physical activity, encouraging healthier lifestyles, develop confidence and self esteem
• Focussed dance training and development opportunities to improve better employment potential
• Employment opportunities to artists
• By working with young people we will build and develop self –esteem, giving them the confidence to tackle their problems. The project further aims to create stronger and safer communities supporting the development of more positive attitudes towards their local environments.
Describe what the programme has done in 12/13
• Linked with a variety of partners including Junction, Goole; Phoenix Dance Theatre; Yorkshire Dance; Hull City Council
• Run 5 taster workshop to inform and encourage young people to attend the 2012/13 auditions. These were held in Beverley High, Longcroft School, Headlands, Goole High School & Hornsea School
• The Company worked in partnership with Phoenix to create a dance piece which was performed as a curtain-raiser at Junction, Goole
• Performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds as part of the national youth dance programme,
• Dancers worked with Richard Alston Dance Company to create a dance piece based on the Company’s repertoire
Headline performance data 12/13
• Performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse
• 100% of the ERYDCC enjoyed the sessions
• Performed at local and regional events
• 100% felt they had improved their fitness levels, confidence, physical & dance skills and self-esteem
Plans and key targets for 13/14
• Further projects with Phoenix Dance Theatre
• Re-establish the East Riding Youth Dance programme
• Apply to take part in
• Increase target participation numbers for the company

Impact case study

Kate RhodesKate Rhodes is an 18 year old student based in Pocklington and joined County Company at 14 years of age after being part of the Council’s youth dance programme for 2 years previous. Kate has worked with a range of professional dancers/groups including Richard Alston, Phoenix Dance and dancers from Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Prior to joining youth dance Kate lost her confidence and self-esteem but by being part of the programme she has now gain a new sense of assurance and has successfully auditioned for the Foundation Dance Degree at Leeds City College. Kate would like to be a professional dancer and then a dance therapist, teaching children and people with disabilities or special needs. The Council’s dance programme has provided her with a stepping stone to reaching her dreams.

For further information contact: June Mitchell, Community Arts Officer
01482 392651