For almost 50 years, Northern Ballet has been bringing world-class dance and storytelling to communities across the UK. Northern Ballet delivers a diverse education programme and engages with over 60,000 people of all ages, means and abilities every year. In addition to productions at over 40 venues nationwide, the Company’s learning teamwork to break down the barriers to participation and offer accessible resources, workshops and activities, from wheelchair dance training courses (In Motion), to hospice projects enabling children with life-limiting conditions and their families to enjoy dance together.
Our Charity’s grant of £5,000 has helped to fund Access Days in Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Hull, Woking and Leeds for vision-impaired people. These days involve a free Touch Tour which introduces elements of the production to aid their understanding of the show. Participants can hear a description of the scenery, feel the props and costumes and discover the shapes and quality of movement from the ballet with the aid of Company dancers. Performances are then brought to life with a detailed description by VocalEyes with music played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.