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by aprilskipp on November 23, 2015

Young at Arts - Steering Group (c) Yorkshire Dance


Young at Arts
with Phoenix Dance Theatre
Morleian Room, Morley Town Hall
10.00am-12.00 noon
Light dance movement – fun-filled sessions to explore your creative side, energise you and connect you to others along the way!

with Phoenix Dance Theatre
Oakwood Lane Medical Practice, Gipton
3.00pm-4.00pmLight dance movement – fun-filled sessions to explore your creative side, energise you and connect you to others along the way!

Find out more about the Young at Arts programme here


Rita Marcalo
Contemporary Dance Classes
Advanced, 6.30pm-8.00pm | Beginners, 8.00pm-9.30pm
Class cost: £6.50/£5.50 concessions.
More info & other classes here


Time to book tickets for Friday Firsts #36: Live Bites
Showcasing new works selected to represent dance agencies in Scotland and the north of England.
Find out more here

Northern Platforms is a joint initiative of five agencies from Scotland and the north of England to increase the visibility of dance artists and companies outside their respective regions. 


Phoenix Dance Theatre
Mixed Programme 2015
Lawrence Batley Theatre, 7.30pm
Find out more here


Young at Arts
with City Varieties Music Hall
Rothwell Parish Church
10.30am-12.00 noon
Remembering the BBC’s Good Old Days, explore objects, photos and film before sharing stories in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Find out more about the Young at Arts programme here


Saturday Superstars
Parents and Tots
Ages 0-3

A fun session to build confidence, co-ordination and fitness. It gives parents the chance to connect with their children and with other parents and tots in a new way through structured movement and play.

More details about the other Saturday Superstars classes here

Yorkshire Life Aquatic
Mermaid Tales
Bramley Baths, Leeds
Performances at 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Find out more here

Akram Khan Company & MOKO Dance
Chotto Desh
The Riley Theatre, 2pm
Find out more here

Thinking ahead…

For those of you who like to plan ahead, tickets are now on sale for:

Friday Firsts #36
Live Bites
Yorkshire Dance, 7.30pm
Showcasing new works selected to represent dance agencies in Scotland and the north of England
Find out more here

Dance Transports 2016
Tickets are now available.
Five two-day workshops will take place across Yorkshire from January to March 2016
Find out more here


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Leeds International Screendance Competition 2015

by antonydunn on November 12, 2015

Mariam Eqbal - Choreography for the ScannerAfter the success of 2014’s inaugural Leeds International Screendance Competition, a partnership project by Leeds International Film Festival and Yorkshire Dance, we were proud to be able to stage the competition for a second time this year.

The competition was launched to support outstanding collaborations in the film and dance art forms. LIFF and Yorkshire Dance put out a call for submissions of innovative short films exploring how cinematography and choreography cross over – screen-based work that features dance or engages with choreography somehow. The films could use new technologies, animation or web based work.

At the helm again in 2015, Leeds-based filmmaker Andy Wood put together a shortlisting panel including Gitta Wigro (dance film programmer and Co-Director of Independent Dance) and Yorkshire Dance Interim Artistic Director Paul Burns, who sifted through 164 entries from around the world.

They were not looking for ordinary documentation of a live performance, though they did consider live work creatively re-staged or reinterpreted specifically for the screen. After a long day of heated debate, they drew up a shortlist of films to be screened at Everyman cinema, Trinity Leeds, on Wed 11 Nov 2015:

Yasushi Shoji, Kenichi Sasaki (Japan)
Echo, Nicola Balhuizen Hepp (Netherlands)
Néants, Nellie Carrier (Canada)
Circle, Özgür Can Alkan (Turkey)
Reborn, Andrew Margetson (UK)
Choreography for the Scanner, Mariam Eqbal (USA)
Approaching the Puddle, Sebastian Gimmel (Germany)
Solo Finale, Ingo Putze (Germany)
Hydra, Florence Freitag (Germany)
You, Graham Clayton-Chance (UK)

With a full auditorium, the programme featured an eclectic mix of styles – from Echo, a one-minute single-shot solo filmed in a black space, to the CGI extravaganza, five-years in the making, of Solo Finale.

A post-screening discussion featured Andy Wood, Gitta Wigro, Simon Fildes and three of the featured directors – Ingo Putze, Nicola Balhuizen Hepp and Graham Clayton-Chance – who gave us an interesting insight into the context and process of their work.

The winning film was selected by a jury of international screendance specialists, including Liz Aggiss (artist), Leonel Brum (Artistic Director of Dança em foco – Festival Internacional de Video & Dança) and Marisa C Hayes (Director, Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne) and awarded £500.

Mariam Eqbal - Choreography for the ScannerFIRST PRIZE

Choreography for the Scanner
Mariam Eqbal (USA)
Created using a flatbed scanner, this experimental animation explores a choreography of simple repetition – a reminder of the technologies at the heart of the history of cinema and the moving image.

Sebastian Gimmel - Approaching the PuddleSECOND PRIZE

Approaching the Puddle
Sebastian Gimmel (Germany)
A curious woman and her fabulous yellow wellies undertake a surreal exploration of an empty car park.

Kenichi Sasaki - Yasushi ShojiTHIRD PRIZE

Yasushi Shoji
Kenichi Sasaki (Japan)
Dancer Yasushi Shoji playfully sounds out a space, measures it in movement and rhythm. An abandoned primary school provides the evocative setting.

The audience was invited to score all the films throughout the evening and, during the post-screening conversation, their score-cards were collected and their scores added up. By an overwhelming majority, the winner of the unofficial Audience Choice Award was:

Graham Clayton-Chance - YouYou
Graham Clayton-Chance (UK)
A tribute to the late Choreographer Nigel Charnock, recreating a section of his 1991 solo work Resurrection. Verbal and physical slapstick reveals dark truths about human relationships.

Yorkshire Dance is very proud to have worked with Leeds International Film Festival to create the UK’s only international screendance competition, and we look forward to developing this already prestigious annual event in 2016. We’re very grateful indeed to Andy Wood, the selection panel, the judges and all the entrants for making this year’s competition such a success, and to everyone who came to the screening. Thank you!

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Purdie is New Creative Producer

Soon after graduating from Leeds Beckett University in 2014 with BA Art, Event, Performance, I applied to a call-out to become a BBC Performing Arts Fund (PAF) Fellowship Trainee Creative Producer. Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse worked together to create a unique opportunity for an emerging arts producer to gain hands-on experience in the [...]

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Dance Includes sparked annual moment of reflection and provocation…

On 28th October, 160 delegates and speakers came together at Horizon College in Barnsley, for Yorkshire Dance’s annual conference, Dance Includes. The conference sparked critical debate about the Creative Case for Diversity, exploring who is included in the work we do.    The opening keynote speech by Arts Council England’s, Abid Hussain, set the tone [...]

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Regional Professional Development Programmed Announced for 2016

The annual Dance Includes conference saw the launch of our exciting regional professional development programme Dance Transports. Dance Transports responds to regional consultation to enable a structured programme of five professional residencies that takes place in each sub-regional hub area of Yorkshire. Residencies will be taking place in Shipley, Doncaster, Barton, Hull and Northallerton. Dance [...]

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Fostering Dance Project

Leeds Abbey Dash  On Sunday 15 November, whilst most of you are drinking coffee and enjoying a relaxing autumnal morning, members of staff from Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Yorkshire Dance will be limbering up, popping on their trainers and running 10K to raise money for Fostering Dance as part of Leeds Abbey Dash . We [...]

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Yorkshire Dance helps secure funding for Street Beat Elite

Yorkshire Dance has supported Street Beat Elite to achieve their first Grants for the Arts Bid for ‘Risktakers’ – a project which will see the creation of a triple bill of new work exploring the theme of Risk. The project will underpin the artistic and creative development of Street Beat Elite – an established group [...]

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Rotherham Boys

Yorkshire Dance’s Rotherham Boys project has begun three new outreach projects in Rotherham which will culminate in Making Men – a celebratory performance at Rotherham College on 12 December. Local groups are working with guest artists to create new choreography for the event which celebrates boys dance in Rotherham and the wider area. “Making Men gives [...]

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Leeds-based dance artist wins prestigious New Adventures Choreography Award

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), Phoenix Dance Theatre and Yorkshire Dance are pleased to announce that NSCD graduate and Leeds-based dance artist, Jamaal Burkmar has been awarded the highly prestigious New Adventures Choreographer Award. This is the first time an emerging choreographer in Yorkshire has won the award. Burkmar received the news last week [...]

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Delighted to announce the artists taking part in Sketch 2

Following the success of Sketch in 2014 Yorkshire Dance are delighted to be able to continue the programme and to offer support to artists in research and dramaturgical practice. An open call out received 22 applications, 6 who were short listed for interview. Hannah Buckley and Ella Mesma were chosen to receive the bursaries. The [...]

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