A dance down memory lane for renowned teacher

Dorothy Stevens
Dorothy Stevens

A gala performance is being planned in honour of renowned ballet teacher Dorothy Stevens.

Organised by former pupil and successful ballerina Charlotte Ingleson, the concert will be a celebration of Miss Steven’s dedication to her craft.

The renowned teacher’s name has is legendary in ballet circles the world over and her unstinting service to dance was recognised with an MBE in 2002.

Miss Steven’s school at Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe, welcomed many dancers through its doors. Now Charlotte, 34, hopes she can gather as many pupils as possible to make the gala performance as special as possible.

She said: “I thought it would be a lovely idea, It’s to celebrate her, celebrate her life and the devotion she has given.

“Miss Stevens gave me my career, she gave me the tools I needed to live and breath my dream of being a ballerina. I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I was if it hadn’t been for her training, guidance and love, but I am simply a drop in the ocean to the many lives she touched over the years.” The show, named ‘To You I Dance’, will be held at the Alhambra on Sunday, November 29.

Charlotte added: “The Alhambra is where Miss Stevens held her shows, so it’s quite an important place for her and her former pupils.

“We would like anybody who would like to be involved to come forward, it’s a non-profit event so we’re also looking to see if anyone would like to sponsor it.”

Auditions for dancers, open to anyone aged six and above, will be held on Sunday, July 5, at the Yorkshire Dance Centre, Leeds. For more details or to request an application form email the audition secretary at toyouidance@gmail.com