Funding success for new dance studio

Pupils from RJC Dance
Pupils from RJC Dance
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A DANCE company based in Chapeltown is celebrating funding success which will allow the creation of a new dance studio.

RJC Dance made a successful bid to the Arts Council England’s Capital funding programme to refurbish and upgrade RJC Dance studio and office facilities at the Mandela Centre, in Chapeltown.

Kathy Williams, director of RJC Dance said: “We are delighted with this additional investment and support the ambition to create a high quality dance environment for young people, professionals, educational and community organisations in the city. RJC Dance will be working in partnership with Leeds City Council and the professional dance sector in the city contributing to the aim of becoming the first UNESCO City of Dance.

“This is amazing news and will have an immediate and positive impact on local young people and wider community.”

Michelle Dickson, director North of Arts Council England, said: “The organisation’s work with young people and in education is important, and this redevelopment will support the company to do even more. It also supports our shared aspirations to strengthen provision for dance in Leeds, making the city a true hub for dance.”

Counciilor Jane Dowson, deputy executive board member for children’s services (Lab, Chapel Allerton) said: “We are thrilled that RJC has been successful in it’s bid to transform the dance studios and other facilities at the Mandela Centre.

“This will make one of the best studios of it’s kind and a top quality space and also help RJC expand and continue it’s good work in the city with the young people of Leeds. We can’t wait for work to begin.”