World-class dancers unite in honour of tragic Leeds teacher Ann

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Top performers from the world of ballet are to join together on stage in memory of murdered Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

The inaugural Ann Maguire Gala will take place at London’s prestigious Sadler’s Wells Theatre on the evening of Sunday, March 22.

Hosted by ballet stars Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope, the night of music and dance will raise money for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.

Mrs Maguire’s ballet dancer daughter, Emma, will be performing at the event.

She said: “My mother was an inspirational teacher for generations of young people in Leeds.

“As a family we felt that setting up a charity that continues her dedication to helping young people is what she would have wanted.

“We are eternally grateful to all the artists that have come together to make the inaugural Ann Maguire Gala possible, an event which not only launches a new charity but will honour our mother.”

The gala’s programme will include a piece choreographed by Liam Scarlett, the Royal Ballet’s artist in residence.

There will also be spoken word reflections personally written by the participating dancers.

Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor last April.

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund is awarding grants to help young people fulfil their potential in areas such as dance and singing.

Applications can be submitted before a deadline of 5pm this Friday.