Ballet night in memory of Ann Maguire

Helen Crawford, Emma Maguire and Dawid Trzensimiech in Jewels by The Royal Ballet. Pic: Tristram Kenton.
Helen Crawford, Emma Maguire and Dawid Trzensimiech in Jewels by The Royal Ballet. Pic: Tristram Kenton.
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TOP ballet talent took centre stage at a special tribute evening in memory of tragic Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

The inaugural Ann Maguire Gala was held at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre last night.

One of the performers included Mrs Maguire’s ballet dancer daughter, Emma.

Speaking earlier this year, 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.”

Last night’s show was hosted by Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope and featured top performers from the world of ballet.

It was organised in aid of the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund, which was set up by the Maguire family to help youngsters fulfil their potential in areas such as drama and singing.

More than £75,000 has been donated to it in the mum-of-two’s memory.

Youngsters and community groups in Leeds are currently waiting to hear if they have been successful with bids for support from the fund.

An announcement on which applicants will receive the initiative’s first round of grants is due before the end of the month.

The grant award process is being co-ordinated by the Leeds Community Foundation charity.

Mrs Maguire, 61, was fatally stabbed by pupil Will Cornick as she taught a lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor last April.

Cornick, 16, was sentenced to life in November.

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