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Watch: Aspiring Northern Ireland ballerinas perform with world-class dance company, English National Ballet

Aspiring young dancers from Northern Ireland recently had the opportunity to take part in a Giselle ballet workshop with dancers from the internationally renowned dance company, English National Ballet.

The world-class, award-winning company was in Belfast recently to perform much-loved ballet, Giselle, at the Grand Opera House. 

In addition to a number of performances, the company also hosted a series of education and outreach workshops, to inspire future generations and deepen the appreciation of classical ballet.

The visit to Belfast was supported by the Cross Border Touring Programme, a joint initiative between Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through National Lottery funding.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, “The Cross Border Touring Programme aims to support the touring of the very highest quality, opera, theatre and dance companies to large theatres around the UK and Northern Ireland.  These companies are at the very top of their game when it comes to artistic ingenuity and inventiveness. 

"English National Ballet is one of the highest performing, critically acclaimed companies to visit the region and whilst it is one thing to have them perform on the Grand Opera House stage, for them to facilitate a workshop for young dancers is something very special indeed.”

Ross Hickey, Head of Programme Services, Grand Opera House, added,  “The Cross Border Touring Programme is invaluable to the Grand Opera House.  Thanks to this generous fund, 4000 audience members experienced world-class quality ballet provided by English National Ballet at Giselle. 

"In the past the programme has brought Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North and Northern Ballet to Belfast and we’re also very excited to be hosting National Theatre with Jane Eyre later this summer.  Simply put, we wouldn’t be able to bring these leading companies to Northern Ireland without the critical support of the Cross Border Touring Programme.”

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is currently receiving applications for the ‘Support for the Individual Artist’ programmes.

Visit www.artscouncil-ni.org for full details on how to apply and for all other funding opportunities.

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