After the success of COLLIDE in 2018, Northern School of Contemporary Dance with the support of Leeds Dance Partnership and the Children and Young Peoples Dance Network North will be bringing back the boys’ dance takeover of Leeds City Centre on Saturday 14th March 2020.
There will be a plethora of professional companies and community dance groups from across the North coming to Leeds to share their passion with audiences on the street.
Further details on schedules will be posted on the website and social media nearer the time, however confirmed venues are Leeds Kirkgate Market, Trinity Leeds, Victoria Leeds (including Victoria Gate & Victoria Quarter), Dortmund Square & Briggatte.
Boys’ dance took over Leeds city centre as NSCD presented ‘COLLIDE’ a free one-day dance event specifically for boys.
From 11 – 3pm on Friday 6 April, Leeds hosted 38 all-male dance performances with over 2000 audience members across 7 different city centre locations. The event also included 4 participatory workshops for young dancers run by NSCD, DAZL & Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Coordinated by NSCD’s Learning & Participation team with funding from Leeds Inspired, the city-wide event aimed to highlight the breadth of opportunities for male dancers in Leeds. Young men have been under-represented in community dance classes for too long and NSCD wanted to change this.
"“This event was a unique opportunity to see other boys across the City engage with dance and show their energy and dedication to the art form. Watching the performers, we could sense the excitement and pride in having the opportunity to share with the public their unique skillset - what they do so well in the studio came to life in the City and in turn, a legacy in boys dance made its mark.”" Northern Ballet
There were be numerous opportunities to watch and participate in dance activity on the day. Passers-by in Leeds were able to experience a range of dance styles from hip-hop to contemporary, and from ballet to street.
The event took over 7 different city centre locations on the day including:
We were excited to welcome a diverse range of professional dance companies and community groups to perform:
After watching the event over 70 % of our audience members who were surveyed said they would recommend dance classes to a male friend or family member.
100% of our survey would like more events like this to happen in Leeds City Centre.
"“A fantastic event which brought together the thriving Leeds dance community and which celebrated the wealth of accessible dance opportunities for young men to get involved in! Wonderful opportunity for Company Chameleon to help to inspire the next generation of young male dancers! “" Company Chameleon