Tuesday, 30 November 2010


I spent the afternoon with five hundred children, parents, teachers and dance coaches at the Town Hall where we all celebrated RJC 'Dance Heats Project 9'...

This is the ninth year that this wonderful project has run and this afternoon was a brilliant celebration of the work and the achievements of the children and teachers who have participated in the project over the last three months. Over 500 young people from sixteen schools in the Elmet Partnership of Schools have taken part in what is a unique and exciting dance project with the fabulous team from RJC Dance. The schools involved were Shadwell and Bramham Primary Schools, Scholes Primary School, Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings CE Primary School, St Mary's CE Primary School, Thorpe Arch Primary School, St John's School for the Deaf, Thorner CE Primary School, Bardsey Primary School, Deighton Gates Primary School, Barwick-in-Elmet CE Primary School, Wigton Moor Primary School, Harewood CE Primary School, Crossley Street Primary School, St Edward's Catholic Primary School and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. The fabulous RJC 'Dance Heat Project 9' tutors were De-Napoli Clarke, Helen Wilson, Stacy Wraith and Amy Manancourt and they helped the schools deliver some great performances... and the audience made so much noise that they nearly lifted the Town Hall roof off!

It was great to see Cllr Adam Ogilvie at the event. Adam holds the portfolio for leisure on the Council's Executive Board and is a great supporter of the arts. I hope we can ensure that projects like this continue to inspire young dancers and that 'Dance Heats Project 10' is an even bigger and even better celebration of dance in Leeds.

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