Royal visitor to waltz into new dance HQ

Leeds's top dance companies – Northern ballet and Phoenix Dance – will be hosting Prince Edward on Tuesday as he drops into their new £12m home in the heart of the city.

His Royal Highness will be officially opening the centre on Quarry Hill as part of a week of celebrations at the purpose-built landmark which includes seven dance studios and specialist facilities and equipment.

The cutting of the ribbon is a landmark for both organisations, particularly Phoenix who celebrate their 30th birthday this year.

Attendance at the official opening is by invitation only.

However, as part of the festivities the companies will be inviting everyone into their new home, on Saturday January 22 from 11.30am to 5pm, for a special open day for the public to enjoy.

There will be sneak previews of Northern Ballet's upcoming production of Cleopatra as well as excerpts from other productions performed by the Northern Ballet dancers, taster sessions for openclasses, behind the scenes access to the wardrobe and technical departments, performances from Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Youth Academy and lots more.

Attendance on the day is free, however, it is recommended to pre-book a place on any of the activities to avoid disappointment.

For further information and bookings visit www.northernballet.com/open day or by call 0113 220 8008.

Tony Hadley

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