Leeds dancers in HIV and Aids show

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Aids and HIV are set to come under the spotlight next week as Phoenix Dance Theatre takes to the stage.

On November 27 some 180 young dancers from Leeds and London will present work to commemorate people affected by the condition as part of a series of events taking place around the country for World Aids Day.

Charis Charles, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Director of Access and Education said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity to see so many young people uniting for a great cause and bringing together young people from diverse backgrounds is a big part of what we do here at Phoenix, including students we don’t normally get to meet.

“It’s a fabulous chance for young people to raise awareness of AIDS and HIV together and is a testament to the maturity and talent of young people in the region.

“We at Phoenix Dance Theatre aim to fully represent multi-cultural Britain, and we feel this project is the perfect example of that commitment.”

Students, some with disabilities who have felt excluded from other physical activity, have been preparing for the ResTec performance with six weeks of rehearsals and workshops exploring the themes and creating a dance piece for each group to perform as part of the event.

The scheme sees three annual youth dance opportunities held by Phoenix at Leeds and as part of the ResTec platform, Monday November 30 will also see the company take their two Youth Academy groups to London to perform at ResTec London at Stratford Circus.

People are being urged to wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day, on December 1, to help beat HIV stigma.

The Leeds performance will take place at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre in Quarry Hill at 7.30pm.