Leeds youngsters en pointe with Northern Ballet stars

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PIC: Simon Hulme
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young dancers had a spring in their step as they were put through their paces by professional ballerinas.

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Around 44 children, aged between seven and 11, took a giant leap into the world of ballet as they joined Leeds-based Northern Ballet’s summer course.

And this year their efforts were captured on camera for a special present for their families and friends. The young dancers became part of the making of a dance film with former professional dancer turned filmmaker and director Caroline Bridges.

Youngsters from across Yorkshire have been put in the spotlight over the last four days to help develop their technique and improve their dance 
skills.

The sessions, which include daily ballet and creative movement classes, were designed to help ignite their imaginations.

Jo Dean, Northern Ballet’s learning project manager, said: 
“Our summer 
course is open to anyone who 
wants to try something new and enhance 
their love of dancing; no matter what their level of experience or ability.

“At Northern Ballet, we aim to offer young people a different experience from their usual dance class, getting them to use their imaginations and to think about how to create dance that is interesting for an audience to watch.

“This year we’re delighted to be working with a filmmaker to explore how to create dance for film, and by working with experienced artists, the young people learn about a different way of creating and viewing dance as well as building their confidence and, most of all, having fun over the summer holidays.”

Northern Ballet tours widely with its ballets for children, the first three of which were adapted for TV by CBeebies.

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