COLLIDE – a day of dance for boys

2 Mar 2020

Image Credit: Company Chameleon

Leeds City Centre
Saturday 14 March, 12.30-3.30pm

COLLIDE is a free one-day flashmob-style event showcasing the best of boys’ dance in Leeds. Taking place on Saturday 14 March in multiple locations across Leeds City centre, passers-by can encounter explosive all-male performances from professional dance companies and local Yorkshire youth dance groups on their doorstep.

Coordinated by Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) with funding from Leeds Dance Partnership, COLLIDE is intended to raise the profile of dance for boys and young men, and highlight opportunities for male dancers in Leeds, from community dance classes through to professional training.

A number of different dance styles will be featured, from hip hop and street to contemporary and performances will take place at regular intervals throughout the day, at Victoria Quarter, Victoria Gate, Trinity Leeds, Briggate and Kirkgate Market.

The day features choreography and performances from professional companies based in the North including award-winning Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Northern Rascals, Kieron Faller and Max Revell (winner of BBC Young Dancer 2019).

The following local boys’ youth and community dance groups will also be presenting original works: No Bounds (Phoenix Dance Theatre), StreetKingz (Horizon Community College), Anlaby Studios, CHARGE (CAPA college), DiME Boys’ Dance (High Storrs School), United Boys (Carr Manor Community School) and Kick Off Boys.

Kick Off Boys in particular is a joint initiative between NSCD, Phoenix Dance Theatre, DAZL and Leeds City College which offers free weekly classes for boys aged 12-18.

Tracy Witney, Head of Learning & Participation at Northern School of Contemporary Dance said: “Leeds is a dance-rich city with many opportunities for children, young people and adults alike to take part in classes within their local community. However we have noticed male dancers are markedly underrepresented, across both our own and our partners’ provision. Most classes for example have a female to male ratio of roughly 80:20. This event highlights the fact that boys dance too, and we want them to know where they can find classes and performance opportunities in the dance styles they may be interested in.”

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