Following in footsteps of top Leeds ballet dancers

Georgia Williams (left) and Sophie Bowes pictured taking part in the course. PIC: Simon Hulme
Georgia Williams (left) and Sophie Bowes pictured taking part in the course. PIC: Simon Hulme
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these youngsters have certainly got a spring in their step.

And thanks to the professional dancers at Northern Ballet young people from across Leeds are en-pointe for success.

The dance company’s Quarry Hill base was taken over by children as part of a special summer course.

And today will be a culmination of their efforts as they look set to perform a final routine for family and friends.

A total of 45 children, aged between seven and 11 years old, have been taking part in daily classes with teachers at the studios since Monday.

Lauren Prydderch, Northern Ballet’s learning project manager, said: “Our Summer Course gives children, no matter what their level of experience or ability, the chance to experience and enjoy creating and performing dance.

“Throughout the course the children were encouraged to use their imaginations and learn new skills, build their confidence, make new friends and ultimately have fun over the summer holidays.”

The four-day course, which finishes today, gives children an opportunity to explore rhythm with a professional musician and come up with their own music.

Youngsters were also offered the chance to achieve an Arts Award Discover qualification.

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