In a unique partnership between The Royal Ballet, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Hull dance schools, a new site-specific community dance work is taking place in Hull’s magnificent Trinity Square. More than 100 young dancers from four local dance schools have come together with their teachers and Royal Opera House choreographers and dance practitioners to create a work inspired by the power and beauty of birds in flight and the architectural formations and ensemble precision of the corps de ballet in Swan Lake.
This project is part of the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programme, which aims to encourage people across the country to discover, question and create through opera and ballet. Their objective is to place creative learning at the centre of every child’s education, attainment and progress, and this partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 has been a key moment in the development of Learning and Participation’s national reach.
Join us in Trinity Square, Hull on 16 September to witness this breathtaking performance at either 3.45pm or 4.45pm.
Roof Dancers: Sian Diamond, Jon Beney, Hannah Goodhall, Chloe Sweeting, Tara McKeown and Emily Redfearn
Lyn Wilson & Heather Shepherdson School of Dance (LWHS)
The Lyn Wilson & Heather Shepherdson School of Dance, was established in 1985 in Hedon, offering classes to children and students from age 3+ in ballet, tap, modern, contemporary and street dance, plus musical theatre and acrobatic arts. The school also offers teacher training, shows, competitions and many other performance opportunities.
LWHS moved to The Arts Garage ten years ago, previously ‘Airport Garage’, the site that English aviator, Hull born Amy Johnson flew into in 1930. The centre now provides purpose built studios and a happy environment for LWHS pupils to thrive and grow in.
The school provides a high standard of tuition, for all ages, enjoying achievements and successes throughout. LWHS students were honoured to be selected to perform in both the 2014 and 2015 Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside and for various dancers and patrons including Royal Ballet principals and Darcey Bussell. In addition our students have performed in Northern Ballet company’s production of The Nutcracker, Tavaziva Youth Company Platform, FRESH by Yorkshire Dance, Dance Whispers, Aida by the Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.
Every year LWHS, have a number of students who successfully audition for full time vocational dance schools. Schools include: White Lodge (The Royal Ballet lower school) Bird College, Elmhurst Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet School, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary, Central School of Ballet, Northern Contemporary, Tring Park, London Studio, Italia Conti, Urdang, Hammond, Kate Simmons, Northern Ballet School, Phil Winston’s Theatre Works, Bird, Performer’s College and The Royal Academy of Dance.
The McKeown Academy of Irish Dance holds classes for children and adults across North Hull. The Academy is registered with An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (The Irish Dancing Commission), which is the largest governing body in Irish Dance. Students of the Academy have the opportunity to compete on a national level and international level with Irish Dance competitions taking place all over the world.
The McKeown Academy dancers have performed across the region and around the UK at venues such as Hull Truck Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull New Theatre, Hull City Hall, Bridlington Spa and most memorably, Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.
The Northern Academy of Performing Arts is a registered charity providing excellent, affordable performing arts training to young people from Hull and East Riding. NAPA is proud of its contemporary teaching and professional standards and caring ethos, believing and investing in the creativity and confidence of young people.
From its iconic 1904 art school building, NAPA provides a diverse range of classes to around 650 students each week, delivered in the fields of dance, drama and musical theatre some of which have gone on to become very well known within the dance and theatre profession, such as Liam Mower.
In addition, NAPA’s innovative educational outreach programme supplies training in primary schools across the region reaching over 2000 pupils, enriching their day to day education, it really is a great model of how to develop new talent.
Skelton Hooper School of Dance and Theatre was founded by Vera Skelton and has been nurturing the artistic talents in the city of Hull for over 60 years, with a high number of students entering the profession, including Xander and Demelza Parish.
Vanessa Hooper FIDTA, ARAD, is now the principal at the school, after returning to teaching following her own career both as a solo ballet dancer and a West End singer, actress and dancer. Vanessa is also an international examiner and lecturer. Alongside her, Suzanne Bell ARAD, AISTD, FIDTA, devotes her time to preparing the students for examinations, productions and the administration at the school.
The spacious studios are based in the popular Avenues district of West Hull, with classes for all ages and levels in ballet, modern jazz, tap, musical theatre and all other subjects related to the performing arts.
Special thanks to the 100 volunteers who took part.
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Choreography: Rachel Attfield, Calvin Richardson
Music: John Webb, Camille Saint-Saëns
Dance Artists in Education: Liz Foster, David Pickering, Hayley Ryan
Project Manager: Chloe Miller Smith
Dancer: Francisco Serrano, Artist of The Royal Ballet
Take Flight and the Queens Gardens Live Screening are supported by Arts Council England.