Yorkshire Dance: Culture pledge by dance supremo

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THE new chairman of Yorkshire Dance has been named as Margaret Coleman.

Former college principal Margaret, who has been a board member of the arts organisation since September 2008, said: “Dance is one of my passions and I believe Yorkshire Dance can make a huge contribution to the cultural and economic life of Leeds and the region as well as bringing pleasure and enjoyment to many people, especially the young and those who may not have had the opportunity to dance.”

The centre in St Peter’s Square, Leeds city centre, includes three large studios and a variety of other spaces.

Yorkshire Dance helps create dance projects in the heart of local communities for people of all ages, working in partnership with dance, sport and health organisations, and with local authorities, in every part of Yorkshire to create opportunities for young people.

Margaret is a director and co-founder of Coleman Partners Ltd and until last year was regional director of the Learning and Skills Council.

She began her career as a lecturer at Bingley College and was deputy principal at Dewsbury College before moving to Huddersfield New College.

Margaret holds two degrees from the University of Leeds is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a keen dancer herself and attends class at least once a week.

She paid tribute to Roslyn Beattie, the retiring chair, and added it was “a very exciting time for the company” only a few months until it celebrates 30th birthday.

She said: “Young people all over Yorkshire will have fantastic opportunities to take part in dance especially in 2012 when we celebrate the Olympic Games and The Big Dance.”

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