Leeds gala tribute for much-loved Ann Maguire

TALENTED: Emma Maguire is a dancer with the Royal Ballet.
TALENTED: Emma Maguire is a dancer with the Royal Ballet.
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SHE’S used to taking centre stage as a dancer with the Royal Ballet.

But much-missed Leeds teacher Ann Maguire’s daughter Emma will have a watching rather than a performing brief when a night of world class dance is held in honour of her mother in Leeds.

Emma has organised the Ann Maguire Gala 2017, taking place at Leeds Grand Theatre this Sunday, September 3.

Hosted by Wayne Sleep, the evening will feature a number of her fellow dancers from the Royal Ballet as well as performances from Northern Ballet, BalletBoyz and Leeds Youth Opera.

And the event’s venue means the occasion is likely to be a particularly poignant one for Emma and her sister Kerry.

Emma said: “It is so fitting to hold this special gala performance at the Leeds Grand Theatre, where my mum took my sister and I to see our first ballet.

“It will be a night to honour and remember Ann Maguire in her home town.”

Money raised by the gala will go to the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund, which gives out grants to enable and develop the creative aspirations of young people.

The night will include performances from Max Cookward and Henry Etherington, two recipients of individual bursaries from the fund.

Sunday’s gala gets under way at 7.30pm and tickets are priced between £19 and £64.

Mrs Maguire was killed in a knife attack by 15-year-old pupil Will Cornick while teaching at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor in April 2014. Cornick was later jailed for life.

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