Ballet Black Workshop
On Saturday 16 November, Leeds Dance Partnership supported a workshop at Northern Ballet’s headquarters led by Ballet Black.
The workshop brought together young local dancers from some of Leeds’ dance training schemes, including Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Youth Academy, Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Centre for Advanced Training scheme and Further Education dance students from Leeds City College.
The students were able to learn more about Ballet Black’s Ignoma, a mix of pointe work, contemporary and African dance which was performed at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds.
The workshop was split into two parts including a ballet technique class led by Cira Robinson and a contemporary repertoire session led by choreographer of Ignoma Mthuthuzeli November.
The students had a great time, with lots of brilliant feedback:
‘I learnt how to move my body in different ways’
‘Challenging, ground-breaking, strong’
‘an amazing piece of choreography’
‘I enjoyed learning part of the South African piece as it was different and I enjoyed learning about the background behind it.’
‘It challenged me’
‘(I learnt) a new drive to dance – passion and motive’