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Northern Ballet Inclusive Dance Performance

In a Company first, Northern Ballet dancers and dancers from their Ability course for adults with additional learning support needs joined forces in a pioneering dance film created by renowned Director and Choreographer Ben Wright.

And we're so proud to spot two of our Sunshine & Smilers and 21 Co. baristas, Lauren King and Louise Palin, amongst the performers!

Developed over a series of workshops at Northern Ballet studios, dancers from Ability, their weekly dance course for adults with additional learning support needs, and Northern Ballet Company dancers created a truly unique experience. A joyful celebration of connection, dance and movement, Every Little Thing is a Change explores how a touch, a look or a feeling can transport us into another world.

Every Little Thing is a Change premièred at Expressions, Northern Ballet's inclusive dance festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

"I am extremely proud to have been invited to make this short work with Northern Ballet, a company who are clearly centralising a rationale to make art to further equality, representation, and diversity as a primary objective. That is no mean feat, particularly for a ballet company. Ability and their team of astonishing support workers contributed constantly to the makeup of the project, and nothing is more gratifying for a director than to say ‘yes let’s do that'. I believe we built a cohesive team which saw Northern Ballet artists flying in the same universe as the Ability dancers and vice versa. I am extremely excited to share the finished film with the world." - Ben Wright, Director & Choreographer of  "Every Little Thing is a Change"

Watch the performance here: 

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