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December 24, 2010

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Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre open the doors of their £12 million home

Leeds based dance companies Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre are throwing open the doors of their new home, on Quarry Hill, on Saturday 22 January 2011 from 11.30am – 5pm for a fun packed Open Day. The Open Day will be the culmination of a week of events to celebrate the official opening of the building and will offer the public access to explore the UK’s newest dance space. Attendance on the day is FREE, however it is recommended to pre-book a place on any of the activities to avoid disappointment. Requests for further information and bookings can be made online or by calling 0113 220 8008.

The Open Day will be the first opportunity for the public to look around the largest dance space outside London and see for themselves the magic that is created in the seven impressive dance studios. The day will include sneak previews of Northern Ballet’s upcoming production of Cleopatra as well as excerpts from other productions performed by the Northern Ballet dancers, taster sessions for open classes, behind the scenes access to the wardrobe and technical departments, performances from Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Youth Academy and lots more.

A video trailer of Cleopatra has also been released.

Mark Skipper, Northern Ballet Chief Executive, is delighted to be welcoming the public to the Company’s new home, “It is with pride that we open the doors to our fantastic new building – a powerhouse for dance and a landmark in the city of Leeds. The Open Day will be a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our new home with our local community and for the public to find out how they can use the building themselves. The day will be packed with FREE activities, offering a special insight into two of the UK’s most treasured dance companies. It will be the perfect day for people to join us and join in.”

Phoenix Dance Theatre Artistic Director Sharon Watson agrees, “As well as being the perfect place for our two companies to grow this new building is an incredible facility for the people of Leeds, and this Open Day offers the ideal opportunity for people to see behind the scenes and dance themselves in our brand new studios – and all for free! After 30 years in Leeds without a home of our own, we really can’t wait to welcome people through the doors.”

Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s new home offers many opportunities for everyone to experience dance for themselves in a bustling creative space. It boasts seven dance studios, including a 230-seat studio theatre and is the largest dance rehearsal space outside of London, a health suite, wardrobe facilities, office space and meeting rooms, a public exhibition, a café and is also home to the Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Youth Academy.

Open Day: Further information (Subject to change)

Company class A chance to see Northern Ballet dancers put through their paces in their daily class.

Company rehearsal Go behind-the-scenes and see what a rehearsal for a Northern Ballet performance is really like.

Contemporary and jazz demos Demonstrations of dance techniques by Northern Ballet Academy students.

Creative Movement taster Basic ballet movements in a fun and creative class for children aged 4-6.

Get moving! Try your hand at ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.  For all ages and abilities.  

Mini movers For children aged 18 months- 4 years and their parents/carers to get even the tiniest of tots bopping!

Open to view Observe a range of Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Youth Academy classes and get a greater insight into what’s on offer.

Open workshop A fun and creative movement session with Northern Ballet for anyone of any age or ability.

Performance A selection of exciting performances from Northern Ballet, Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Youth Academy.

Taster classes – Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, African Dance We believe there’s a dancer in everyone so now is your chance to try these different styles for yourself.

Workshop for the over 55s A fun gentle movement session based on Romeo and Juliet.  No dance experience necessary.

Time                            Event / Class                                                                            

11.30 – 12.00               Company class – open to view                                                   

11.30 – 12.05                Senior Associates contemporary – open to view                                 

11.30 – 12.30                Ballet Two (ages 10-12) – open to view                                                  

11.30 – 11.40                Intermediate Associates pointe – open to view                                      

11.45 – 12.00                Phoenix Youth Academy class demo – open to view               

12.10 – 13.25                Intermediate Associates contemporary – open to view                       

12.10 – 12.30               Taster classcontemporary (all ages)                                               

12.15                             Performance                                                                           

12.15 – 14.00               Northern Ballet Professional Programme year 1 – open to view         

12.15 – 12.45              Taster class – Get moving! (all ages)                                     

12.45 – 1.00               Taster class – African dance (ages 12+)                     

12.50 – 13.10             Taster class – Mini-movers (1.5 – 3 years)                              

13.00 – 13.15             Phoenix Youth Academy class demo – open to view               

13.00 – 13.15             Talk & display of Phoenix Dance Theatre costumes              

13.15 – 13.35              Taster class – Creative movement (4-6 years)                                    

13.30                           Performance                                                                           

13.30 – 14.00             Jazz demo                                                                                

13.40 – 14.00            Taster classContemporary (all ages)                                              

13.45 – 14.10             Taster class – Pre Ballet (6-8 years)                                       

14.00 – 14.15             Talk & display of Phoenix Dance Theatre costumes              

14.00 – 15.45             Northern Ballet Professional Programme year 2/3 – open to view         

14.10 – 14.30             Taster class – African dance (ages 12+)                                             

14.15 – 14.45             Contemporary demo                                                              

14.15 – 14.45             Taster class – Jazz (ages 12+)                                                            

14.45                          Performance                                                                           

14.45 – 15.15             Jazz demo

14.45 – 15.30            Northern Ballet Open workshop (all ages)                                                                 

15.00 – 15.15            Talk & display of Phoenix Dance Theatre costumes              

15.00 – 15.20            Taster classContemporary (all ages)                                              

15.00 – 15.30            Taster class – Ballet (ages 12+)                                                          

15.15 – 15.45             Contemporary demo                                                              

15.30 – 15.45             Phoenix Youth Academy class demo – open to view               

15.30 – 15.50            Taster class – Creative Movement (ages 4-6)                         

16.00                          Performance                                                                           

16.00 – 16.20             Taster class – African dance (ages 12+)                                             

16.00 – 16.25             Taster class – Ballet (ages 8+)                                                

16.00 – 17.00             Company rehearsal – open to view                                            

16.00 – 16.45             Workshop for the over 55s                                                     

16.30 – 17.00             Taster class – Jazz (ages 8+)  

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