Leaps & Bounds

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Ballet Hoo!

Ballet Hoo! was the beginning of the story for Leaps & Bounds. The organisation was created to manage the project, and the model for our work grew from this pilot scheme.


The journey started in October 2003 when Roy Ackerman of Diverse Productions and Neil Wragg, CEO of Youth at Risk approached Birmingham Royal Ballet to partner them in the making of a television documentary involving a programme of personal development and ballet with a group of disadvantaged young people. 

The documentary would film a group of young people involved in Leaps & Bounds over 18 months and witness the extraordinary and inspirational changes they made to their lives. Jan Younghusband of Channel 4 agreed to commission four television programmes, three of sixty minutes and one of ninety minutes to document the project. The four programmes, screened in September 2006, reached 4.5 million people. Read More>>>