A belated welcome back


Well hello again dancers of Leeds. For a while now we have wanted to welcome you all back to an exciting term of new classes, but due to a busy Gracefool autumn (for those of you that don’t know, the ProDance team’s creative alter ego is Gracefool Collective) we have had a somewhat slow start at ProDance HQ. As things are calming down now, we thought it’s about time that we say hello and introduce the project properly!

So - hello to all of you who are new to ProDance and welcome back all you regulars! We’re so excited you are all around in Leeds! We’re absolutely delighted to be able to say that we’ve been awarded funding to start up ProDanceLeeds again, and since the start of the programme in September we have already had ten absolutely fantastic teachers lead physical, challenging classes for professional dancers.

The programme of inspiring teachers over the next few months contains many familiar favourites of the community, so we look forward to welcoming you all back to class to get sweaty with us!

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There are a few changes this year to take note of:

Most of our classes will now start at 9.30am to allow time for you to travel into Leeds. We understand that public transport can be a nightmare! Please double check times e.t.c. before you come along as a few will still start at 9am.

Our classes will run Monday-Thursday. Fridays can be spent with the excellent Dance Open Training.

And finally, we have started a Graduate Mentoring Scheme. The scheme will be an opportunity for recent graduates and emerging artists interested in developing their teaching skills to be paid to teach two days of professional level class for us. They will receive guidance and mentoring support from highly experienced teaching professionals in the field: Tiia Ourila, Gianluca Vincentini and Jennifer-Lynn Crawford. We have already finished the first round of four, with Katy Hewison and Stefania Pinato sharing their practice with us. The next round for applications will open shortly so keep an eye out! We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to help develop the practice of northern based artists and find new teachers for the programme.

Next week Marilena Dara will be teaching class, Monday to Thursday, 9.30am at RJC Dance. More info about her and her class can be found on our website.

See you soon!

Kate, Sofia, Rachel and Rebecca