4 April 2018

The curtain has gone up on a new charity partnership between Linley & Simpson and the arts, designed to support the home-grown talent of Yorkshire youngsters involved in one of the UK’s most renowned ballet companies.

With the support of our 11 branches across North and West Yorkshire, we have danced to the aid of the Leeds-based Academy of Northern Ballet by funding a new app, launched by its Parents’ Association.

The initiative will enable it to reach out in a novel way to all its students and their families directly, sharing news about upcoming events, opportunities for support, and ongoing activities.

It will benefit the 800 students already registered - from tiny tots upwards - with over 60 of these training intensively several times a week to pursue careers as professional dancers.

The app also breaks new ground by giving easy access to over 2,000 contacts based across Yorkshire including Kirklees, Skipton, Ilkley, Otley, Harrogate, Bradford, Leeds, Wetherby, Ripon, Beverley, York, Doncaster, Sheffield and further afield.

Over and above this, Linley & Simpson is backing the charity by inviting it to become the latest partner of our Give Back community scheme which supports a raft of local charities and good causes.

The initiative means that for every home sold or let through Linley & Simpson as a result of the new link-up, we will donate £100 to the Academy to support its future projects.

The Academy of Northern Ballet is based in state-of-the-art facilities in Leeds city centre, and provides world-class, non-residential dance training to people of all ages and abilities, whether their dream is to pursue a career as a professional dancer or they simply wish to dance for fun.

Catherine Worthington, Director of Academy Operations, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been able to strike a partnership with another organisation that shares Leeds as a home city and reaches out to people and communities across the Yorkshire region.

“The Academy aims to provide opportunities for children, young people and adults from all walks of life to experience the joy of dance. We share Linley & Simpson’s ethos of investing in our local community and hope that by working in partnership we can create even more opportunities to engage with those who may never have experienced ballet before.”

Karen Willis, Chair of the Academy of Northern Ballet Parents’ Association, said: “We are delighted to announce Linley & Simpson as one of the Academy of Northern Ballet’s sponsors.

“As a Parents’ Association, we are constantly looking for new ways to support all students across the Academy by raising funds to help students facing challenging circumstances by assisting with bursaries for tuition, equipment and uniform, as well as providing fun events throughout the year for students and their families to join in with.

“By sponsoring our new app, Linley & Simpson has given us the opportunity to have a new platform of communication to keep all the Academy’s students and their families up to speed with all the support that is on offer.”

Emily Wilkinson, who coordinates Linley & Simpson’s community and charity engagement projects, said: “Northern Ballet has been at the heart of our community for approaching 50 years and we are delighted to support the way it nurtures home-grown Yorkshire talent.

“The app will add an extra dimension to the way it connects with its students and families and we are delighted to help it take forward this long-awaited step.”

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