Terpsichore Posted April 22, 2018 Share Posted April 22, 2018 (edited) Last month Duchy Ballet celebrated its 20th anniversary with a splendid performance of The Nutcracker with Sara Maria Barton of Ballet West as the "Sugar Rum Cherry". Next year, Chelmsford Ballet Company will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It will be a splendid affair if the 69th year performance of The Snow Queen is anything to go by. I started to think that if two medium size communities in the South of England can produce such excellence then perhaps we in the North should have a go too. I canvassed the idea with friends on Facebook and found lots of support and encouragement from dancers of all ages and abilities from all parts of the North. We discussed how to get started. We decided that one possible way forward might be to hold a free 90-minute class at a place easily accessible by road or public transport from the M62 corridor and see who turns up. Huddersfield is an obvious location as it is on the Trans-Pennine main line with direct rail links to Barnsley, Bradford, Rothrham and Sheffield and it is close to the M62 and M1 motorways. To attract good dancers the teacher would have to be well known on both sides of the Pennines. I am glad to say that Jane Tucker of Northern Ballet, an excellent teacher who also teaches the intensive repertoire workshops for KNT in Manchester, has kindly agreed to give that first class. That class will tale place at Huddersfield Leisure Centre which is a short walk from the rail and bus stations on 26 May 2018 between 15:00 and 16:30. Admission to the class is free but space is limited so attendees have to register in advance. They can do so through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/powerhouse-ballet-tickets-45023701102, After the class a vote will be taken on a show of hands as to whether we want to form a ballet company in the North. If we decide to do so, 4 or 5 volunteers will be chosen for a steering committee to decide the legal format of the company, draw up a business plan, seek funding and eventually appoint an artistic director and ballet master or mistress. If all goes well, we should be ready to stage our first production early in the New Year. We hope to give opportunities to dancers of all ages and abilities from talented students at the leading ballet schools to kids who are learning the basics and everyone in between. As we plan to hold a short business meeting immediately after the class and have not yet made any chaperoning arrangements, those attending that first class will have to be 18 or over but one of the first prorities of the steering committee will be to arrange a class or audition for students below that age. We are looking not just for dancers but also for artists, costume and set designers, carpenters, musicians, stage crew, photographers, technicians, front of house managers and administrators. In short, just about everyone with a skill, talent pr experience that can help us stage a show.The provisional name of the project is "Powerhouse Ballet". We have chosen that name partly because there is already a Northern Ballet and a Northern Ballet School and partly because we hope to attract dancers from he whole M62 corridor and points North and South. We may well change that name to something more elegant if and when we get started. For those who want more information, we have a website at http://www.powerhouseballet.co.uk/, a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/powerhouseballet/ and a twitter account at https://twitter.com/powerhousedball. I have already written to the RAD Regional Manager for the North and the dance agencies for the Northwest and Yorkshire. Over the next few weeks I shall write to every dance school in the region that I can find from the Hammond and Northern Ballet School downwards. Should anyone have any questions he or she is welcome to contact me through BalletcoForum or the Powerhouse Ballet message form. Edited April 22, 2018 by Terpsichore 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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