Easter Course update from Caroline Burn

April 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm (Easter course, Learning & Access, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , )

Easter course update

All the final preparations are taking place and I am looking forward to the Easter course finally starting next week.  All the places have been filled; we will have 33 eager dancers arriving on Tuesday morning where they will meet Philip Feeney and I first thing. They will also meet the rest of the Learning & Access team who will be helping to run the course, and then we will jump straight into dancing! I am planning a fun energetic first warm-up and class to help the group get to know each other, as throughout the week we will be working closely to form our very own company.

Last week whilst I was away on tour with the Company in Woking, Philip sent me through a copy of the music. It sounds fresh, exciting and energetic. I am really looking forward to hearing him play it live for the first time next week, and seeing the reaction of the group. Martin, our Deputy Chief lighting technician put it on to CD for me so I am playing it constantly in the car, and starting to imagine the quality and feel I would like the dancers to have. I am hoping that the young dancers on the course will be as inspired as I am, and create a fabulous original piece.

Dancer Micheal Berkin will be joining me to deliver the course, he will be involved in the creative work, helping to devise the piece. It will be great for the group to learn from him too and to hear all about life as a professional dancer with a national touring company.

Well all that’s left to do now is to make some name badges and put down the dance floor, and we’re ready for action!

Have a great Easter and don’t forget to check the blog out next week with news from our young dancers on how the course is going.


Dance Education Officer

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Montagu Junior School – India Project Final Sharing

March 31, 2008 at 3:50 pm (Learning & Access) (, , , )

Students at Montagu Junior School in Mexborough

Last week saw the end of our project at Montagu Junior School in Mexborough, which combined creative dance workshops and narrative writing activities during the 5-week project with Year 5 pupils.

The project, involving NBT Dance Education Officer Sophie Alder, Creative Writer Maya Chowdhry and Learning & Access Manager Rashmi Sudhir from Kala Sangam encouraged pupils to improve their vocabulary, self-esteem and literacy skills while exploring themes from the ancient Indian festival of Holi, including new beginnings, seasons, colour and play.

We ended the last day with an informal performance for peers and parents, sharing some of the written work the children had produced and dances they had created from their stories. All pupils made noticeable progress during the course of the project, developing the confidence to express their ideas and proudly took ownership of the characters they created through words and movement, and stories they told through them. It was a great end to a fantastic project!

Montagu students in NBT workshop

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Dancition Video

March 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm (Events, Learning & Access, Marketing and PR News) (, , )

Harriet Walsh and Leigh De Luca Garside, both 12, at the ballet workshop

“TWINKLE-toed youngsters were given a lesson in ballet.
The pupils, of Park Lane High School, Halifax, were visited by members of Northern Ballet Theatre’s dance education project, Dancition.
They were given workshops exploring the themes of the theatre group’s latest production Hamlet.
Students learned some of the steps and produced their own dance pieces. They also attended a Northern Ballet Theatre performance.
Dancition is a six-month project involving four Cal-derdale primary schools and Park Lane High School.”

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L&A – September Update

August 31, 2007 at 3:49 pm (General Information, Learning & Access) (, , )

The September update for the Learning and Access department of NBT can be found here:


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