Yorkshire Dance is delighted to be build on existing relationships with other organisations, in and beyond Leeds. In particular this month, we’re pleased to have been working in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse and SLAP (York) to further our artist development programme.

Friday Firsts #31: Burst – our annual student showcase on Friday 1 May – will showcase work by choreographer Daniel Craddock, winner of the inaugural SLAPmoves prize.

Formed in 2013, York-based SLAP is invested in promoting, supporting and programming experimental dance, theatre, live art, music and film. An artist-led initiative, SLAP has identified the need for a platform designed for risky and small scale work, a creative hub of dialogue and experimentation for emerging, local, regional, national and international artists, and we’re very proud to be associated with them.

As well as this performance opportunity at Friday Firsts, Daniel will be one recipient of a mentorship for Yorkshire Dance and SLAP artists (Sophie Unwin and Lydia Cottrell), and be given free studio space by Yorkshire Dance. We’re very pleased indeed to be able to add Daniel to the list of gifted, emerging artists receiving practical and artistic support from Yorkshire Dance.

To pilot a new Leeds-based international residency programme, Transform – established in 2011 by West Yorkshire Playhouse, with whom we are sharing the recently appointed BBC Performing Arts Fellow, Melanie Purdie – is working with Yorkshire Dance to bring together West Yorkshire based artists for a four day residency period of exchange with International artists at the end of this month.

This exciting collaboration is overseen by Leeds-based artist and facilitator Oliver Bray and Lebanese theatre-maker and social activist Lucien Bourjeily. The participants from West Yorkshire are Evie Manning, Javaad Alipoor, Hannah Buckley and Grace Surman, working with European artists Cornelius Puschke (Germany), Barbara Berti (Italy) and Sachli Gholmalizad (Iran / Belgium).

The results of the four-day exchange will be shared in a rough-and-ready performance event at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Thu 30 Apr 8.00pm – a fantastic opportunity to see how Yorkshire Dance’s local and regional partnerships can lead to an international exchange of ideas.

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Yorkshire Dance needs 10 non-dancers

by antonydunn on April 19, 2015

Yorkshire Dance and Casson & Friends - The Dance WE Made - Jan 2015 (c) Brian SlaterWe’re inviting people who don’t consider themselves dancers to take part in a stunning performance in Trinity Leeds shopping centre on Saturday 6 June.

The Dance Leeds Made, which will be colourful explosion of everyday wonder, follows a weekend in January during which Yorkshire-born choreographer and dancer Tim Casson created and performed a new dance piece based on movements inspired by unsuspecting shoppers inside Trinity Leeds as part of his ongoing project The Dance WE Made.

The Dance WE Made, which set a World Record in 2012 for ’152′, the dance piece with the most choreographers ever created, is “a creative project that not only draws attention to public space and how we inhabit it, but exemplifies the creative force in each and every one of us.” (Huffington Post)

The Dance Leeds Made will be a big development from The Dance WE Made, featuring a cast of fifty, including the ten adult non-dancers, of any age, whom Yorkshire Dance are inviting to join in the fun.

The self confessed non-dancers will join four other groups of disabled dancers, students, older dancers and professionals to work with Tim to make an extraordinary pop-up performance.

The fifty performers will rehearse in their five groups at Trinity Leeds during the week, before a dress rehearsal on Friday 5 June and the final performance on Saturday. Though exactly where in the shopping centre the performance will take place is remaining a closely-guarded secret until the day itself…

Non-dancers who would like to be one of the ten are invited to contact Kate Thomas on 0113 243 9867 or katethomas@yorkshiredance.com

Kirsty Redhead, our Creative Producer, says, “We’re really excited about including ten non-dancers in The Dance Leeds Made. Yorkshire Dance is absolutely dedicated to making dance accessible for everyone – whether they’re trained or nor, whatever their body-shape and whatever their age, experience or ability. Dance is for anyone and everyone. This will be a brilliant, fun adventure for our non-dancers, working with professionals in a safe, supportive environment to make an amazing performance for Trinity Leeds. And the audience of shoppers are going to have their breath taken away.”

This project is the latest in a series of creative collaborations between Yorkshire Dance and Trinity Leeds, designed to showcase the talents of dancers from across the region and to inject some magical surprises into the experience of shoppers in the centre.

Since Tim Casson created The Dance WE Made in 2012, it has taken place at over 30 iconic locations across London, Edinburgh and New York including Canary Wharf, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, The Royal Mile and at Glastonbury Festival, and in many other cities around the UK.

Watch previous dance creations by Tim and the public – including two films from Trinity Leeds in January – here.

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Yorkshire Dance is delighted to announce the ten young choreographers selected for Dance Whispers and the launch of the Dance Whispers website.

Dance Whispers young choreographers are; Keeley Forward – Hull Youth Dance Company, Lucy McMahon/Asia Chafer – Doncaster Youth Dance Company, Sam Purchon – Dance United Yorkshire, Harvey Pratt – DAZL, Rhiannon Jones – Curve Dance, Kaitlan Kenninson/Marc Blakeley – StreetBeat Elite, Chelsea Hall – Lyn Wilson and Heather Shepherdson School of Dance, Joe Cummins – [...]

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Supporting talent: from research to touring success!

  Chronicles of Joy by Sophie Unwin has a mini tour to 3 Northern Platforms We were pleased to support Yorkshire Dance ex- New Associate artist Sophie Unwin with a mini-tour of her new solo The Chronicles of Joy during March 2015 and especially with the feedback from venues and audiences. The piece was presented [...]

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Introducing Paul Burns new interim artistic leadership at Yorkshire Dance

Introducing Paul Burns… new interim artistic leadership at Yorkshire Dance   After 7 years at the helm, here’s a personal word from Wieke Eringa who is handing over artistic leadership to Paul Burns for 6 months whilst going on adoption leave. I am excited to write this post whilst in my final throws of handing [...]

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Katie Pearson

Katie Pearson

It’s with very great sadness that we share the news that Yorkshire Dance’s friend and colleague, Katie Pearson, has died. Katie had a secret passion throughout her long and distinguished international career as a contemporary dancer – tap dance. Feeling that tap was frowned upon in the contemporary dance world, she attended tap classes in [...]

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Yorkshire Dance Staff Team update

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The Yorkshire Dance team has expanded in the past few month and we are delighted to introduce you to Jackie Malcolm and shine a spotlight on some good news for Melanie Purdie and Hannah Robertshaw. For the first time in our history, we have appointed a Development & Fundraising Manager – a very exciting prospect [...]

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24 Groups Selected For FRESH 2015

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On Thursday 5 February, a panel of four experts from across Yorkshire met to undergo the huge task of short listing for Yorkshire Dance’s regional youth platform, Fresh.  A record number of youth dance groups have been selected for the event on Saturday 25 April. The shortlisted groups involved in Fresh are also being giving [...]

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Liz Lerman makes a flying visit

On Monday 2 March 2015, legendary choreographer Liz Lerman arrived from the USA to spend the day with us in Leeds. And quite a day it was… Evening The culmination of over a year’s worth of research and development, this was the day Yorkshire Dance, Breakfast Creatives and University of Leeds would present the preliminary [...]

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Rotherham Boys Project continues with Surveillance

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In February half term (2015), our Rotherham Boys took part in an exciting dance for camera project ‘Surveillance’. 10 boys were joined by professional film maker, Rad Miller, and professional dance artist Bobak Walker, in a two day project held at Wath Comprehensive School. The Rotherham boys worked as a professional crew over both days, [...]

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