RJC Dance's work comes from a Black British perspective, with a truly broad appeal to a diverse audience both culturally and socially.
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RJC Dance Youth Provision is a critically acclaimed award winning community dance provision based at the Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds. It is a thriving and dynamic youth dance provision for young people 4-19 years.
We were shocked and saddened to hear that Nadine Senior MBE had passed away. She was an inspirational teacher, friend and mentor to many of us at RJC Dance.
We remember that she taught our founder members Edward Lynch, David Hamilton and Donald Edwards, when they were at Harehills Middle School. She stimulated, encouraged and developed their interests, skills and abilities, helping them develop new Black British dance forms and later establish Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Nadine was always committed to the grassroots. Recognising and celebrating the potential of young people was at the heart of Nadine's work – particularly talents within the community. However all knew she demanded the highest standards of rehearsal, performance and conduct. She founded the Northern School of Contemporary Dance of which RJC Dance founder & director Kathy Williams, alongside current & former staff members Nillanthie Morton, Vicci Hamilton, De-Napoli Clarke, Stacy Wraith, Naomi Czuba, Debbie Hylton & Emma Bolland are graduates.
Nadine's legacy remains at the core of our work. We welcomed Nadine at our annual Christmas Shows and Presentation Evenings; she encouraged young people to step forward, to challenge and see themselves as dancers and artists of the future. We will hold her dear to our hearts - stimulating us, encouraging us and challenging us to maintain the ethos and values she held dear.