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All In! Introduction to Inclusive Ballet with ISTD

Funded by Arts Council England, National Youth Ballet is excited to team up with Parable Dance, ISTD and NYB ambassador Joe Powell-Main to offer an introduction to teaching ballet in a more inclusive way and exploring movement translation for different bodies.

Wednesday 18th October 2023
Time: 11-1pm – opportunity to observe young dancers
Venue: Online
Price: £20 ISTD members / £30 non ISTD members

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Led by
NYB Creative Director Jo Meredith, Parable Dance Co-Founder and Artistic Director Natasha Britton and NYB ambassador Joe Powell-Main, this introductory Continuing Professional Development workshop is designed to widen the skills of ballet and dance practitioners and offer practical tips for incorporating inclusive practice into the ballet class and creative process. 

Practitioners will learn:

  • Tools, tips and techniques for working in an inclusive way
  • How to use and explore the rich language of ballet and how to think of it in new ways
  • How to work creatively with ballet as your language, exploring different creative approaches and broader ways of working
  • Work with Joe Powell-Main to translate ballet vocabulary for different bodies.

Why is All In! important?

Ballet as an artform, both within the creative sector and further afield, is not traditionally perceived as being inclusive. This introductory NYB All In! CPD will provide teachers with a rare  opportunity to learn from experts and explore inclusive ballet practice, enabling teachers to work in a more responsive way within their class and developing a broader understanding of a range of young dancers.


A note from Parable:

We are really interested in further exploring inclusion across taught dance. The origins of inclusive dance developed largely in contemporary dance (creative and improvisation), therefore there has been far less exploration within ballet settings. 

At Parable we are really keen to bring together our expertise in inclusive dance with NYB’s ballet expertise, to really investigate and promote ballet as an inclusive art form. Ballet with its focus on storytelling and rich descriptive words (to bend, to strike etc) has huge potential to be accessible to all. We are looking forward to applying our inclusive teaching methods to ballet and learning how these methods can adapt and evolve.

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