Hello all you ProDanceLeeds dancers!
Finally, we can bring you some detailed news about the coming months.
Before Christmas, we explained where we were with our current funding situation and that our plans for ProDanceLeeds had faced some challenges.
We sent an email to the other fantastic organisations in Leeds delivering dance in the city, asking for help. All of our partners, RJC Dance, Dance Studio Leeds, Yorkshire Dance, NSCD, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern Ballet have been incredibly supportive and some have been able to offer some aid in bridging the gap between now and the time before another funding application can be written, assessed and (fingers crossed) granted.
So what will be happening behind the scenes to bring you these classes? Well, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Yorkshire Dance, NSCD and Northern Ballet have generously agreed to help us keep running the classes on a reduced schedule across the next few months.
Phoenix already run a company class, when they are at base, that is open to freelancers. Over the next few months Phoenix and ProDanceLeeds will work in partnership to amalgamate their existing offers. Phoenix have offered to cover costs for some of the artists that ProDance had already scheduled to teach these classes. The classes have limited numbers and need to be booked in advance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and book your place. Please note that confirmation is on a first come first served basis.
When we are unable to take class with Phoenix, Yorkshire Dance will be covering the costs for some of their artists in residence to teach class. These classes you do not need to book for and are paid for on the day.
Furthermore NSCD and Northern Ballet have generously agreed a small cash contribution to help us cover a little bit of our admin costs.
We are incredibly grateful for these are generous donations which are not easy for these organisations to give. We know we keep saying it, but in the current climate, everyone is stretched, trying to do all they can to run the projects that their organisation focuses on. Their support shows how much that they value PDL and our community, making us hopeful for the future of dance of the city.
Kate, Rachel, Rebecca and Sofia