Yorkshire Dance is very grateful indeed to Irwin Mitchell, one of the UK’s largest and most well-respected law firms.
In December 2014, six Irwin Mitchell lawyers showcased their best dance moves in a Strictly Come Dancing style Christmas event which helped to raise thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Dance.
The evening was attended by more than 100 people from the Leeds business community and has so far generated £10,000 which will support Yorkshire Dance’s youth dance programme, providing life-changing experiences for young people in Leeds who have no access to dance.
Donations will pay for dance classes, transportation and mentoring sessions with professional dancers.
Five professional dancers - Bobak Walker and gracefool collective - trained with the six lawyers from Irwin Mitchell’s Business Legal Services in Leeds in the run up to the event – putting them through their paces and preparing them for a 13-minute show-stopping performance which included five different routines choreographed by our Youth & Community Dance Director Hannah Robertshaw.
The judging panel, which included Hannah, dance artist and choreographer Gary Clarke, and Irwin Mitchell partner Jane Horton, awarded the top prize to Intellectual Property (IP) partner Alex Newman.
The five other lawyers that took part were IP partner Joanne Bone, who picked up the prize for most improved dancer; insolvency and restructuring specialist Andrew Walker, employment lawyer Glenn Hayes, Paul Johnson from the firm’s corporate team, and real estate expert John Flathers.
Alex Newman said: “I’m extremely honoured to have been crowned champion in this hotly contested competition. I’m now retiring from my competitive dance career, and going back to dancing like Bez.”
Andrew Walker, head of business legal services at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds, said: “We were keen to host a Christmas party with a twist and wanted something that was a bit of fun but more importantly, enabled us to raise money for a very worthwhile local charity. It was a great event and we hope our guests enjoyed it as much as we did.”
The evening also featured fabulous performances by our own youth dance company for ages 14-19, Yorkshire Dance Youth, and our Saturday Street Crew, aged 11-14.