Dance Activate About Us

Our about us page provides some of the background on what Dance Activate is setting out to achieve plus information on the teaching staff.

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The Dance Activate scheme : Inspiring dance in Leicestershire

The Dance Activate scheme is unique and forward thinking, focusing on providing a gateway into the world of dance through a range of inspirational experiences for young dancers. Director, and former principal of the Royal Ballet Company, Graham Fletcher, founded 'Leicestershire Arts Dance Activate' a Community Interest Company, when the previous council run Arts In Education Dance programme was axed owing to funding cutbacks in April 2011.

Graham has chosen to create a Community Interest Company (CIC) in order to conduct business that will benefit it’s members and not purely for private advantage. Therefore, profits are dedicated to these purposes. For more information about CIC’s and how they are regulated, you are able to visit the CIC website from here.

Dance Activate differs from a private dance school in that most of the dancers join the scheme either through its schools link programme, or by parent request during term time. All classes are open to enthusiastic children and students who want to develop their potential as dancers or enhance existing skills beyond their normal syllabus work. Although Dance Activate does not insist that dancers follow a particular syllabus, teaching is progressive with everyone being encouraged to develop their own potential and discover their own pathway in dance or the arts.

Teaching is of the highest quality and children and students take part in the Dance Activate dance programme for a number of reasons, be that pure enjoyment; because they have discovered a natural talent and would like to further their dance training; or because they want to enhance existing skills beyond their regular dance training.

Children who already attend other local ballet or dance classes benefit enormously from taking part in the Dance Activate scheme. Teachers can be absolutely confident that classes compliment existing training and are always welcome to observe classes at any time.

For those who have aspirations to pursue a career in dance or ballet, Graham provides the best possible advice and guidance, and introduces further dance education opportunities that may be suitable.

The entire Dance Activate philosophy is to inspire in its children and students a love of movement, music and freedom of expression through dance. Skills gained through dance education can be applied to all aspects of life whether or not a pathway in dance and the arts is pursued.

Posted on 2011-04-01 10:57:25

Graham Fletcher : Dance Activate Director and Teacher

Graham Fletcher is a highly accomplished professional dance teacher, director and choreographer, having enjoyed a prestigious career as a principal of The Royal Ballet Company, star of London West End Theatre, television and film productions and numerous national and international dance schools and companies. Born in Bolton, Lancashire he was the Billy Elliot of his time, with his ambition to become a professional dancer and an inspiration to others by sharing his knowledge and experience as a specialist teacher of dance.

At the age of 11 he won a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School and realized his goal of joining The Royal Ballet Company in 1968. In 1979 he became a principal dancer appearing in numerous major roles and working with choreographic greats such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Gillian Lynne and George Balanchine.

He has appeared in many film and television productions with The Royal Ballet Company, Northern Ballet Theatre and as a freelance guest artist. His film credits include Tales from Beatrix Potter, Tales from a Flying Trunk and Christmas Carol, along with a string of television credits such as The Muppet Shows, Freddie Starr Comedy Express, Hit Dancing, Les Dawson, Cilla Black, The Muppet Shows and numerous television Royal Command Performances. His most notable Muppet Show appearance was as Miss Piggy with Rudolf Nureyev in 'Swine Lake'! However, one of his most demanding roles was that of the music hall star 'Little Tich' which he originally created for The Royal Command performance in 1985 and repeated again by special request in 1991.

In 1982 Graham was asked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to take the leading role of 'Mister Mistoffolees' in the smash hit West End hit, CATS. Following his success he was again asked by Andrew to top the bill in Song and Dance alongside stars such as Lulu, Liz Robertson and Marti Webb.

Graham's extensive teaching experience includes The Royal Ballet Schools, The Royal Academy of Dancing, Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, Elmhurst Ballet School, Arts Educational Schools, English National Ballet School, Guildford School of Acting, Rambert School, ISTD, Hammond School, Billy Elliot Productions and the Florida Dance Festival. Other choreographic and ballet company guest teacher engagements include Icelandic National Ballet, Ballet Actuel Toulouse, The English National Ballet Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and as Assistant Artistic Director to Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre.

Throughout Graham's career he has been much involved with Dance in Education; teaching for the Royal Ballet's Chance to Dance Scheme, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Dance Track and the The Royal Ballet School Junior and Senior Associates programmes, as well as touring with the Birmingham Royal Ballet's education outreach team on their highly successful tour to South Africa. He is very well known in Leicester and Leicestershire having successfully promoted dance in schools with Leicestershire Arts In Education and now as founder director of Leicestershire Arts Dance Activate.

If you want to see Graham dancing with an exploding piano go to here

Posted on 2011-03-26 09:20:01

Yvette Bailey : Dance Teacher

Yvette graduated from the Urdang Academy having trained in a variety of dance styles. These include ballet, jazz, street, tap, acrobatic and contemporary. In addition Yvette trained in acting and singing for Musical theatre. Yvette’s third year performances included playing the part of Amy in ‘Side by Side’ from the musical ‘Company’ by Sondeim and the Urdang academy link dance show.

Yvette has recently returned to Leicester and is enjoying sharing her skills and experience teaching for Dance Activate, having been a student herself as a teenager. She teaches contemporary dance in a variety of styles, including Cunningham, Graham and Limon and will soon be adding tap and ballet to her repertoire.

Posted on 2011-03-24 09:59:21
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