Something Special at Northern Ballet

January 15, 2014

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Something Special at Northern Ballet

s entertainment programme Something Special on the BBC CBeebies channel on Thursday 16 January. Members s Learning team have worked with the programme in an episode that focuses on dance.

The CBeebies team filmed at Northern Ballet in Leeds with children from John Jamieson School, a specialist inclusive learning centre in West Yorkshire. The children, all of whom have disabilities, and presenter Justin Fletcher participated in a dance class led by Northern s Dance Education Officer, Leanne Kirkham, and watched a relaxed s new ballet for children, Three Little Pigs. 

Something Special sees Justin out and about applying signing in a variety of places with relevance to the young audience. In this programme topics covered included dance, dance shoes, piano and tickets. Aimed at young children, and especially those with learning and communication difficulties, the programme uses a signing system called Makaton which helps children to communicate with their friends, family and peers.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the children from John Jamieson School along with Justin and the CBeebies team. We are always keen to develop and strengthen our relationship with local
schools and it was thrilling to see the children participating in and watching ’

s Learning department actively promotes the benefits of learning through dance for young people of all abilities. Two of the children who feature in the Something Special dance episode also took
s project with Martin House Hospice. An s headquarters.

In September Northern Ballet will offer the In Motion dance project for self-propelling wheelchair users and other young people aged between 8 and 18 with mobility issues. In Motion welcomes students from across Yorkshire to participate in weekly classes to explore dance when using a wheelchair. Taster sessions are available throughout the summer, s Open House on 15 February in
Leeds.

The 9th series of Something Special will begin on Monday episode will be broadcast on Thursday 16 January 2014 at 9.45am and will be repeated in
February.

About Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is renowned for its full-length narrative productions which embrace popular culture and take inspiration from literature, opera, or give a unique interpretation of classical ballets. The Leeds-based company is committed to touring throughout the UK and overseas, developing new audiences for dance. It has carved a unique place in the UK’s cultural landscape and was voted Britain’s favourite ballet company for three consecutive years at the National Dance Awards.

Northern Ballet is a powerhouse for inventive dance. Based in a centre of excellence for dance in Leeds for dance artists, enthusiasts and audiences across the north of England, their award-winning headquarters on Quarry Hill is the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.

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