Bite-sized ballets for children hit the big screen

We know from experience how much little ones love learning ballet and now they can enjoy watching it on the big screen as well.

Northern Ballet has created a series of bite-sized ballets, designed to get young children interested in dancing and inspire them to have a go themselves. The Leeds-based dance company has produced three 40-minute shows based on popular children’s fairytales and will feature world-class dancers as well as instructors showing youngsters how to do some of the moves.

The shows are being shown at cinemas around the country – find your nearest here. Audiences will be able to see the first film, Tortoise and the Hare, from Saturday, January 26.

In Sheffield, both Cineworld at Valley Centertainment and Vue at Meadowhall will be screening the ballet at 11am on Saturday. The Elves and the Shoemaker will be in cinemas from February 23 with the Three Little Pigs making its big screen debut on March 23.

Each film will include animations, colourful costumes and interactive dance move demonstrations alongside the ballet. The stories will be narrated by BBC presenter Anita Rani and before each one starts, there will be a five-minute episode of the animated series Jungle Beat.

Northern Ballet first started producing short ballets for young children back in 2013 but this is the first time any of them have been shown in cinemas.

Shows aim to appeal to wider audience

David Nixon, Northern Ballet’s artistic director, hopes the shows might encourage more boys to become interested in ballet as well as children from a wider variety of backgrounds.

He told the Observer: “There’s an unconscious bias towards ballet. Dads will say to their sons, oh, you don’t want to do ballet – that’s for girls.

“But often they’ve never even seen a ballet! Now it’s so physical, so artistic, that I think productions can be enjoyed across the genders.”

At Noodle Performance Arts, we know only too well that you’re never too young to start enjoying ballet. Children can start coming to our ballet tots sessions as soon as they can walk and from the age of three, they move into our ballet classes.

At ballet tots, youngsters are given a gentle introduction to classical ballet moves alongside action songs, colourful props and fun activities. Our ballet classes are more traditional but we put the focus firmly on having fun and there are no compulsory uniforms or exams to worry about.

Find out more about our classes here.

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