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Yorkshire Dance launches workshops for artists, teachers and practitioners across Yorkshire

29 Jan 2018

Gecko: ‘The Wedding’. Image © Richard Haughton

Yorkshire Dance has announced its 2018 programme of professional development workshops for dance artists, practitioners and teachers.

Dance Transports comprises five two-day workshops, one each month from February to June, in towns and cities around Yorkshire, with highly-acclaimed artists and organisations from around the UK.

This year’s programme is the fourth by the dance development organisation for the Yorkshire region.

Alesandra Seutin, Artistic Director of Vocab Dance Company will lead a workshop in Barnsley exploring how to generate ideas for dance theatre with talented young dancers.

Choreographer Ella Robson Guilfoyle will visit Bridlington to run a workshop exploring ways to create movement for dance, circus and theatre.

Yorkshire Dance’s own home in Leeds will host An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s, led by Dr Sophia Hulbert and visiting artists from English National Ballet. This course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s programme.

An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s is presented jointly by Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK, People Dancing and Yorkshire Dance.

Durham-based TIN Arts – an innovative social enterprise which runs participatory dance programmes for people of all ages and abilities in the North East of England – will be resident in Brigg, North East Lincolnshire, to explore talent development for dancers with a learning disability, autism or both and in particular how to create dance which leads to performance. The workshop will focus on creating a positive, creative environment suitable for all levels of ability.

The final workshop in the Dance Transports programme will be led in York by Gecko, the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, currently touring the UK with its new theatre show, The Wedding. Helen Baggett will share the company’s approach to engaging young people in dance and physical theatre.

Hannah Robertshaw, Programmes Director of Yorkshire Dance, says:

“Dance Transports brings some of the most exciting national dance leaders to Yorkshire to inspire our local dancers and dance teachers. Creating opportunities that are affordable and local is incredibly important, and we hope that anyone involved in the delivery of dance feels inspired to join one of our residencies over the next few months.”

Places are on sale now for all five workshops, from Yorkshire Dance on 0113 243 9867 or on the Yorkshire Dance website.

There are discounts for multiple bookings, and generous bursaries are available for An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s.