Easter Dance Course Leeds

Monday 9th - Wednesday 11th April 2018

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 Venue Address: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH

The Easter Dance Course 2018 will take place in Leeds at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) on Chapeltown Road. The excellent facilities, including fully sprung floors, floor to ceiling mirrors, piano and ballet barres, will allow you to make the most out of every lesson. The studios are large, light and airy, giving you lots of room to practice and perform in.

NSCD is situated on Chapeltown Road in Leeds with accessible public transport to and from the city centre. Buses 2/2A, 3/3A run frequently throughout the day and stop just outside the College. 

If you will be travelling by car, NSCD is within close distance of the Leeds inner-ring road and has free on-site parking available making it an easy place to drive to.

If you plan to stay in Leeds for the Easter Dance Course there are numerous hotels very close by to suit every budget. 

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018

3 Inspiring Days Of Ballet, Contemporary, Character And More With Our Team Of Professional Dancers And Teachers

Are you aged 8 -19? Are you looking for an inspiring and exciting dance course to take part in during the Easter holidays? If you love to dance, we would love to work with you to help you improve your technique and performance skills in a range of dance styles including ballet, contemporary dance and character, plus creative workshops, pointe work and more.

 You can read more about this year's Easter Dance Course team below. Places on the Course are strictly limited, and our Courses in previous years have been fully booked with a waiting list so we highly recommend that you book your place today to avoid missing out. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Easter Dance Course 2018!

- Michael and Kimberley Berkin

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Brian Slater

Flexible drop - off and pick up times for parents to fit in around your schedule more easily! Drop off from 9.00am to 9.30am and pick up from 4.00pm to 4.30pm. 

Improve your dance technique, confidence and performance

Be inspired by our team of ex Professional Ballet Dancers

Work with a Professional Contemporary Dancer

Take part in an exciting mix of classes including ballet class, contemporary, creative workshops, character dancing, pointe work and more...

Build on your existing knowledge and try new dance styles too

Make new friends who share your love of dance

Staff are DBS checked and 1st Aid trained.

Meet the Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018 Team

Debbi Purtill - Guest Contemporary Dance Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018

- Professional Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer
 

- Trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD)

- Associate Director of balletLORENT

- Former Lecturer at NSCD and former Course Leader for the HND in Dance at Newcastle College

 

 

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Alfy's Photography

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Martin Bell

Alfy's Photography

Debbi is a dance technique and yoga teacher, performer and choreographer who trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). 

Her career has encompassed both dance and theatre, working with choreographers, visual artists and directors including Nigel Charnock, Herve Jourdet, David Massingham, Paul & Menno Nooijer, Alan Lyddiard and a career long collaboration with Simon Birch.

She joined balletLORENT in 2001 working as a dancer (credits include Rapunzel, Designer Body, la nuit intime and The Night Ball) rehearsal director and mentor and in 2014 she was appointed Associate Director with the company.

As well as founding Debbi Purtill Dance in 1995, Debbi has taught and choreographed across the UK, she was course leader for the HND in Dance at Newcastle College and a lecturer at NSCD (2001 – 2011) where she developed and refined her teaching of Graham based technique.

Debbi regularly mentors dance artists, teaches for professional dance companies and has recently completed her MA in Professional Dance Practice through Teesside University. 

Debbi Purtill's classes were very popular at the Easter Dance Course 2016 and we are very excited that she will be returning to be part of the Professional Dance Experience team for the Easter Dance Course 2017.

Nathalie Leger PDTD Guest Ballet Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018

- Former Principal Ballerina

Performed with Basler Ballet, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Deustche Oper Am Rhein and Northern Ballet

- RAD Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- Teacher at a number of vocational dance schools

Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy of The Royal Ballet School. He trained there for 8 years, graduating with the Royal Ballet School Diploma in Dance. Whilst training at the school, Michael also performed in many of the Royal Ballet’s productions on the famous Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden.

Michael has also completed the Diploma in Ballet Education Practice, awarded by The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House. He has since been invited to work as a freelance ballet teacher with The Royal Ballet School.  

During his professional performing career, Michael has danced with many top international ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has performed in New Zealand, China and Thailand and toured extensively throughout the U.K and the Republic of Ireland.

Michael Berkin’s roles have included ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ and ‘Drosselmeyer’ in The Nutcracker, the lead in Les Sylphides, ‘Tybalt’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Lord Capulet’ in Romeo and Juliet, ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Seward’ and ‘Van Helsing’ in Dracula and ‘Sharpless’ in Madame Butterfly to name but a few.

Michael’s interest in teaching dance began early on in his career. Whilst still a student he assisted in teaching ballet classes at the Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School Programme.  Michael continued to teach alongside his performing career. He has worked with the Learning and Access departments of The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Northern Ballet, teaching dance workshops in schools in the local community and workshops for visually impaired people as well as guest teaching at a number of dance schools. 

Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a ballet for children. He has also taught on the Professional Graduate programme at Northern Ballet and has taught and rehearsed the dancers for the 2014 tour of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Michael has taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Leeds University and at the Northern Ballet Academy. He has also been invited to teach ballet masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Most recently, Michael has taught students at the Royal Ballet School at both White Lodge and the Upper School. Michael has also been invited to join the faculty of the Royal Ballet School's International Summer School at White Lodge.

 

Nathalie trained at the  “Academie de la danse Classique “ under the tutelage of Russian ballet teacher Marika  Besobrasova.
She joined the Basler Ballet under the direction of choreographer Heinz Spoerli. In 1990 Nathalie became semi-soloist then soloist and created the role as Clara, as well as the ballet Miniaturen. In 1991 she joined Deustche Oper Am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Germany, as a soloist.
In 1997 she joined Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo where she danced an extensive repertoire from George Balanchine to Michel Fokine.
In 2004, she joined Northern Ballet and was promoted to Principal, dancing roles including Odette (Swan Lake), Tourvel (Dangerous Liaisons), Queen Ann (Three Musketeers), Lady Capulet (Romeo & Juliet), before having her last lead role of Gertrude (Hamlet) created  especially for her. 
Throughout her career Nathalie has worked with renowned choreographers such as Hans Van Mannen, William Forsythe, Maurice Béjart, Paul Taylor, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs Gillian Lynne , Jiri Kylian, to name only a few. 

In 2010, Nathalie retired from Northern Ballet and trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, gaining the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with Distinction. Nathalie has taught at a number of vocational dance schools including Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Northern Ballet, SLP, KS Dance and Dance Studio Company, in Faenza, Italy.

Nathalie is regularly invited to be part of the teaching staff on different Summer Schools around the country and a regular Guest Teacher with the Matthew Bourne touring Company” Lord of The Flies”, The Molly Lake Award 2014/2015, and was in July 2015, part of the teaching staff and jury panel for the International Rieti Dance Competition in Italy.

Michael Berkin RBS Dip. Ballet Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018

- Diploma in Dance (Royal Ballet School)

- Diploma in Ballet Education Practice (Royal Ballet School & Royal Opera House)

- International Performing Career

- Guest Ballet Master and teacher for a number of internationally recognised ballet companies and ballet schools

3 Inspiring Days Of Ballet, Contemporary, Character And More With Our Team Of Professional Dancers And Teachers

Easter Dance Course 2018

Join us in Leeds for 3 inspiring days of dance

Improve your dance technique, confidence and performance

Make new friends who share your love of dance

Learn from our team of professional teachers, who have performed with some of the world's top dance companies

For students aged 8 to 19 years

Classes from 9.30am to 4.00pm with drop off between 9.00am to 9.30am and pick up between 4.00pm to 4.30pm

Reserve your place today for just £75 deposit

Welcome To The Easter Dance Course 2018

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Photo: Brian Slater

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Kimberley Berkin PDTD Ballet Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018

 Director of Courses and  Principal of the Professional Dance Experience Ballet Associate Programme

Royal Ballet School trained 

- RAD Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (Distinction)

- International Performing Career

- Former Lecturer in Ballet Technique, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Photo: Brian Slater

Kimberley started dancing at the age of three at The Classical Ballet Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire before going on to train at The Royal Ballet School for 8 years. As a student, she performed with the Royal Ballet in various ballets including The Nutcracker, Manon and Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Kimberley also has a talent for choreography and won The Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition as a second year student at the Upper School. 

After graduating, Kimberley gained a contract with Ballet Ireland where she quickly took on soloist roles and performed all over Ireland and the UK. A highlight of her career was performing as ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Kimberley also performed as the lead in La Sylphide at a gala performance in London, hosted by the American Artist Karen Kilimnik. She then went on to perform with English National Ballet in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall, The Palace of Versailles and also at The Princess Diana Concert at Wembley.  

Kimberley’s talent for teaching was spotted at an early age. Whilst still a student, she was invited to work as an assistant teacher at The Royal Ballet School International Summer School for two consecutive years. This ignited her desire to teach and following her performing career Kimberley retrained as a teacher, gaining the Royal Academy of Dance Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction.

In 2008 Kimberley was offered a full time teaching post as a Lecturer in Ballet Technique at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, a Higher Education College in Leeds. Kimberley has been a year co-ordinator at NSCD, has worked as a rehearsal director, taught private and group coaching sessions and has also taught as part of the audition panel in the U.K and Europe. 

Kimberley joined Professional Dance Experience full time as the Director of Courses and Ballet Associates Principal in 2014. Since then she has helped a number of our Ballet Associate students successfully audition for further training at vocational dance schools. Kimberley has also been responsible for the development and running of the Professional Dance Experience Summer, Easter and Christmas Courses and in 2016 she created the Youth Ballet Theatre. Kimberley is invited by many local dance schools to deliver Ballet Masterclasses including exam preparation and pointe work technique. Through her website, www.tipsonballettechnique.com Kimberley helps ballet students and teachers across the world to improve their ballet technique with downloadable videos and DVDs.

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3 Inspiring Days Of Ballet, Contemporary, Character And More With Our Team Of Professional Dancers And Teachers

Click here for the online application form

Debbi Purtill - Guest Contemporary Dance Teacher, Easter Dance Course Leeds 2018

- Professional Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer
 

- Trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD)

- Associate Director of balletLORENT

- Former Lecturer at NSCD and former Course Leader for the HND in Dance at Newcastle College

 

 

Click here for the online application form

Photo: Martin Bell

Photo: Brian Slater

“Once again my son has loved every moment of the ballet week, its especially nice to see him mixing with the other boys as this is rare for him at dance school being surrounded by girls.  His strength is improving and we’re still working on the “limbering”.  Sign him up for next year please!”

(Liz Jackson, Huddersfield)

"My daughter has had an amazing experience and enjoyed every minute, she came home with beaming smiles. It has given her an amazing experience and an insight of a professional dancer.  Thank you so much for giving my daughter the opportunity to live her dream for the week."

(Claudine Dwyer, Guildford).

"Starting with the performance, absolutely brilliant! I have seen my daughters confidence grown even more. The week has been an amazing experience for her and I can’t wait for her to come back next year and not alone but with a friend to whom I will highly recommend. Thank you."

(Shelley Fernandes, Chertsey).

"Thanks so much for all the work you and the rest of the team put into the Summer Course, my son had an amazing time and learnt so much. He said that he thought the quality of the teaching was brilliant and that you all took a genuine interest in correcting him and helping him. We were also really impressed with the show of work.

He would definitely be interested in the course next year! I have passed on information about how good he has found it to a dance teacher friend of mine and will also be recommending the course to others at his local dance school. Thank you".

(Claire Newman, Somerset).

“Both of my daughters have thoroughly enjoyed the summer course.  They both found it structured and challenging which is exactly what we were looking for. The organisation of timetables and communication is superb.  My husband and I were both bowled over by the standard and content of the end of week presentation.  Money well spent and completely worth it.  Many thanks to all involved.”

(Helen Firth - Halifax)

“This is my daughter's 2nd year doing the summer course.  Once again she had a fantastic time and has improved so much. The quality of teaching second to none and every child is given a chance to perform on stage. She will be counting down till the next one. Thank you to all who put the course together, it was great!”

(Tracy Horwell - Leeds)

"Very well organised course with inspiring team whose roles each contributed different aspects of ballet.  Good structure to week, offering insight and depth to the creative process and a very impressive show to parents at the end. My daughter loved the course, learned many things, enjoyed working in a new and more professionally connected way. She liked the other students, some of similar ability and some to whom she can aspire. I only wish she could gain this sort of experience more often - such an opportunity for personal growth. Thank you"

(Tim Boulton).

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