Junior Leeds dancers have a spring in their step

Date: 15th April 2015. Picture James Hardisty, (JH1008/10h)'Youngsters aged 7 - 11 taking a leap into the world of ballet and earning their Arts Award Discover on Northern Ballet's Easter Course.

Date: 15th April 2015. Picture James Hardisty, (JH1008/10h)'Youngsters aged 7 - 11 taking a leap into the world of ballet and earning their Arts Award Discover on Northern Ballet's Easter Course.

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Talented Youngsters from across the region have an extra spring in their step thanks to a dance course running in Leeds.

More than 20 children, aged seven to 11, are developing their dance skills and producing their own enchanting ballet tale at Northern Ballet’s headquarters this week.

Youngsters aged 7 - 11 have been taking a leap into the world of ballet  with Northern Ballet's Easter Course.  Pictures: James Hardisty

Youngsters aged 7 - 11 have been taking a leap into the world of ballet with Northern Ballet's Easter Course. Pictures: James Hardisty

It’s all part of the company’s annual Easter Course. The children have spent the week improving their ballet technique and creating their own performance inspired by Northern Ballet’s Elves & the Shoemaker, which was recently adapted for TV by CBeebies.

Samantha Carruthers, Dance Education Officer at Northern Ballet, said: “All of the children are doing a fantastic job on the course so far and are enjoying creating a dance piece to perform for their family and friends. It’s always wonderful to have our studios filled with enthusiastic young people and we hope that our Easter Course has inspired them all to continue.”

The course involves a daily ballet class in the studios used by professional dancers and, on completion, each child will receive their level one Arts Award Discover.

As a grand finale to the week, the children will perform their own fairytale productions for their family and friends.

Northern Ballet’s Learning Project Manager, Jo Dean, said: “At Northern Ballet, dancing isn’t just about the steps, it’s just as much about bringing characters to life and telling a story through movement.

“Our Easter Course aims to help the children develop these skills, build their confidence to perform and, most of all, we hope they will discover a lifelong passion for dance.”

Northern Ballet is also be holding a Summer Course from August 24 to 27 August.

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