Backstage at The Lowry: Leah Wainwright, Youth Dance Ambassador

255Hello there, my name is Leah and I am a Youth Dance Ambassador for The Lowry. ‘Dance Ambassador’ is a phrase that is becoming more and more popular in the arts world, with many theatres and companies having their own fleet of ambassadors. But what exactly do they do?

I am in The Lowry one day a week, where I am set to work with a wide variety of tasks from data input to writing articles for a local paper, no two days are the same. Much of my time is spent tapping away at a keyboard, writing blogs, newsletters and keeping in contact with community dance groups. The aim is to keep everyone in the loop, opening opportunities to watch and get involved in dance and the arts to anyone who may be interested.

Since beginning here at the end of October many new experiences have come my way; just before Christmas I headed over to Paris for a weekend, where I was able to watch ‘Boxe Boxe’ a show that will be coming to The Lowry in April. During my time in the city I was able to interview two of the company’s dancers which will be used to market the show in spring.

I have also been involved with Re:Bourne’s new project The Lord of the Flies;  soon the rehearsal process will get into full swing and no doubt there will be lots to do. This weekend I was part of The Lowry’s team at the boy’s auditions, where I interviewed the hopeful lads and dabbled in a bit of dance photography through the workshops. Over the coming weeks keep an eye open for my Lord of the Flies blog, all the behind the scenes information in the lead up to the performance in April.

I adore the time I spend here; it is wonderful to work in an arts environment. In my other life I teach GCSE dance at a private dance school, so it all ties in nicely. As I’m sure you will be unsurprised to learn I spent three years at university studying for a BA (Hons) Dance, I fell in love with dance history and spent an additional year studying for an MA in Dance Anthropology at the University of Roehampton. My career journey has not necessarily been direct but I have enjoyed wondering around every area of the dance world, and am excited to see what the next few months will bring.

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