Northern Ballet showcase exciting work of talented disabled dancers in Expressions

18th June 2019


Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds


Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 July


Hosted by Northern Ballet, Expressions returns to Leeds this summer for the sixth year running, showcasing the exciting new work of talented disabled dancers from across the UK. The only event of its kind in Yorkshire, professional and community inclusive dance groups will perform over three accessible shows on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds.

Expressions celebrates the work of artists, performers and musicians with disabilities. All of the shows are relaxed performances and are designed to be fully accessible for both performers and audiences alike.

This year, Anjali Dance Company make their hotly anticipated return to the theatre after their highly regarded debut in 2017. They will perform two short pieces, Unicorn and The Reflection. Anjali challenge perceptions of the creative potential of those with learning disabilities, pushing the boundaries of what can be expressed through dance. Anjali have performed across the UK and abroad, including with the British Council at an international seminar on Arts and Disability in Mexico City.

The pioneering TIN Arts from Durham also return to Expressions this year with a new work co-commissioned by Northern Ballet: Invisible Kisses. TIN Arts create participatory opportunities for those with minimal access to the arts to realise and celebrate their creative ability and potential.

Expressions also showcases the work of community dance groups from across Yorkshire, including performances from Northern Ballet’s own accessible dance courses, Ability and In Motion. The Ability dance course is specifically designed for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, whilst In Motion is a specialist wheelchair dance programme for children and adults. These groups practise weekly at Northern Ballet’s headquarters in the centre of Leeds.

Other companies and community groups performing include: Illuminate (Phoenix Dance Theatre); NSCD Adult Creative (Northern School of Contemporary Dance); Lifelines; Greenacre: Dancing with Friends; Chellow Chicks; Hazelbeck Chicks; Jem Clancy; The Bridge Dance Ensemble; Dance 21; and Mesh Dance: We Are.

Northern Ballet’s Director of Learning, Leanne Kirkham said: “Expressions provides talented disabled dancers the opportunity to perform in a professional venue, whether dancing for fun or as a professional. We celebrate everyone’s achievements and are proud to host such a special and unique event, highlighting the joy of dance for all.”

Tickets for Expressions are priced at £4 per performance and can be booked via the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Box Office on 0113 220 8008 or online at

Performance dates
Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds
Wed 10 July 7pm
Thu 11 July 1pm & 7pm
Box Office 0113 220 8008

All shows are relaxed performances and are designed to be fully accessible for both performances and audiences alike.
For specific accessibility requirements, please contact the Box Office.

Wednesday 10 July 7pm
TIN Arts: Invisible Kisses, Lifelines, Northern Ballet: In Motion Youth, Anjali: Reflection, Northern Ballet Ability, The Bridge Dance Ensemble, Northern School of Contemporary Dance: NSCD Adult Creative, Anjali: Unicorn

Thursday 11 July 1pm
Anjali: Reflection, Flamingo Chicks: Hazelbeck Chicks, Greenacre: Dancing with Friends, Flamingo Chicks: Chellow Chicks, DAZL Extreme, Anjali: Unicorn

Thursday 11 July 7pm
TIN ARTS: Invisible Kisses, Northern Ballet: In Motion Adults, Down Syndrome Training and Support Service: Dance 21, Anjali: Reflection, Mesh Dance: Dance film TELLTALE performed by ‘WeAre’, Jem Clancy: Jem, Phoenix Dance Theatre: Illuminate, Anjali: Unicorn