RA in Leeds Retail Association Video

An organisation that aims to give Leeds ‘one voice’ has re-launched in the City. Leeds Retail Association.

Leeds Retail Association (LRA) is a body set up to act as a broker between all customer-facing businesses to connect them with each other, identify promotional opportunities and address issues and challenges facing the City.
Spearheaded by local retail expert David Laycock, the LRA has around 30 members from all industries including media, sport, food & drink, entertainment, education, designers and clothes-retailers and is now looking to recruit more members City-wide.

Leeds Retail Association members meet up every month at different City Centre venues to discuss topics that are important to them, seek advice and share information.
“It’s great to all get together in one room,” says David. “Simply connecting with other businesses is hugely valuable, and we have had great feedback, but we realised that there was a need for something more. Businesses were telling us that they needed to be in touch with the City constantly.
“In response to this, today we have launched a brand new website that features an Online Forum for Leeds Retail Association members. We know that time is of the essence to businesses large and small and now they can connect with each other at the touch of a button no matter where they are. It’s not only time-saving but it is a place to get results.”
The website – leedsretail.co.uk – has information that is available to all who visit it but with sections that are for member use only and intends to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all things Leeds.
As part of its re-launch the Leeds Retail Association has produced a Leeds-centric film that gives a snapshot into ‘a day in the life of Leeds’. Using some 30+ businesses ‘One Leeds’ shows what’s on offer in the City from early morning through late at night.
“We have hosted a private screening of the film for those who ‘star’ in it, but we have only just gone public,” explains David. “We are really proud of it – everyone involved is proud of it; it shows off everything that’s great about Leeds by using the City’s own talent.”
The film’s creators are (Leeds-based) Creative Agency BlackBox Creative, the script is written by (Leeds-born) writer Jamie Donoughue and voiced by (Leeds-born, bred and based) Actor Luke Dickson and the music is composed by (Leeds-based) Josh Weller.
It stars around 35 key City characters including music bar Mojo, the Victoria Quarter, Kirkgate Markets, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Accent Clothing and Leeds United.
“The objective of the film is not only to showcase the City’s eclectic offer but to also encourage new members to the LRA,” David continues. “The more members, the louder the voice we have in the City, the region and indeed the country.”
David concludes “I believe that for a city to be internationally renowned it has to first believe in itself – to believe in itself it should have confidence in its offering and to have confidence in its offering it has to know what is on offer – that is the very foundation of the Leeds Retail Association.”
For more information about Leeds Retail Association visit www.leedsretail.co.uk or contact David Laycock on david@leedsretail.co.uk / 07969 221 290

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The Music Study

The Music Study is for anyone who wants to develop their musical or vocal skills.

You will be given the opportunity to LEARN, STUDY & CREATE in an environment that is industry focused. By combining Structured 1:1 tuition, workshops, recording and rehearsal services a vocational learning programme with academic qualifications is perfect for today’s students.

A sister company to Renaissance Arts, the UK’s newest and leading performing arts college specialising in training at the highest level. The Music Study specialises in all aspects of the music industry. As Musical Director and Business Partner of this college he is also a successful session artist and performer.

The Director – Neil Rigg

Neil began his vocation in South Shields from a very young age. He received national recognition at 14 years old with his contribution of music and awarded Child Of Achievement award by earlier Prime Minister John Major at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference centre London he was royally accepted into the industry.

By the age of 17 he achieved grade 8 with distinction in performance of music by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Whilst studying for his Music degree at South Tyneside College Uncle Sam’s Recording Studio in Newcastle awarded him a management deal. Performing and recording for industry standard artists and labels he quickly gained respect for his musical arrangement and began performing and recording alongside artists such as The Lighthouse Family, Cheryl Cole (nee tweedy), Jools Holland and Grammy award winning producer Steve Robson to name but a few at the age of 18.

After touring, recording and arranging for four years internationally Neil attended teacher training at South Tyneside College. He then went on to lecture as a peripatetic teacher working and providing various master classes at various colleges and schools in the North East as a music teacher​

Neil has continued to work as a performer, Musical Director, teacher and producer to this day. Providing his services to many U.K theatres, international tours and record labels. His performance skills have been heard the U.K and African Charts; he has performed at over 5000 venues in the U.K, toured internationally and is a recognized session musician and teacher in the U.K music industry. He will be touring this year on the BORN IN THE U.S.A – UK tour.​


“The Music Study is an exciting project with a view to franchise throughout the U.K.  The LEARN, STUDY and CREATE philosophy focuses on the individual student and adapts a learning programme to suit the individuals needs. People learn in different ways and The Music Study offers both vocational and academic options. Talent manifests itself by the individuals own delight in their work and I believe that dedication to ones profession is only successful by carefully harnessing the strengths of a students aspirations.”

Next Open Masterclass

SEP 21st 2014 – ‘Open Masterclass’ @ Yorkshire Dance

Booking a place on the ‘Open Masterclass’ is extremely simple, just lick on the ‘Open Masterclass’ tab above. Masterclass fee is £35 is payable online via PayPal at the bottom of the Open masterclass page. Once this has been received you will then be sent a PDF confirming your schedule and further information for the day.

Our Sunday “Open Masterclass” provides students who attend dance & performing arts schools throughout the week an extra-curricular option if they wish to further themselves. By attending professional-based classes in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Vocal, Commercial, Contemporary and Repertoire classes on selected Sunday’s throughout the year keen students can utilise professional expert advice first hand.

R.A’s ethos is to provide students with Industry based classes with established lecturers currently working in the industry from performers to choreographers and directors. We are extremely proud of both our permanent and guest faculty in providing a challenging yet highly rewarding day for all students involved. This is the perfect opportunity for students who may one day wish to pursue a career as a performer in both Dance & Musical Theatre.

*Students wishing to attend must be 12 years of age and older, a strong dance technician looking for an extra challenge. Each masterclass represents a day’s training at Renaissance Arts so we do recommend that all attending bring water and light snacks to eat throughout the day as with so many classes throughout the day, breaks are limited.

All classes are set to an advanced level and we strongly advise that all attending to be in good physical health, with a strong attitude towards hard work.

‘Masterclass’ Schedule – Sunday the 22nd of June @ Yorkshire Dance, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH

10:00 Doors Open

10:30 Ballet with Martin Howland

12:15 Jazz with Stillie Dee

13:45 Vocals with Neil Rigg

14:45-17:30 Commercial & West-End Masterclass with Adam Booth

17:30 Finish

To book a place onto our masterclass simply click the Pay Now button below. Once this has been received you will then be sent a PDF confirming your schedule and further information for the day.


Next Scholars Course

Sun OCT 5th 2014 – Renaissance Arts 3-Year Vocational Course in Dance & Musical Theatre and Scholars

This programme is fast becoming the benchmark for training not just in the north of England but throughout the U.K and we would like to invite you through for a day at College and The Scholars with us on ‘Sunday the 5th of February’. We are currently auditioning for places 2014-2017 & 2015-2018 and we are looking for the next generation of professional performers in both our local community & throughout the U.K. We also have private sponsorship and local scholarships, please enquire to find out more.

Auditions – Sun 2nd NOV 2014

NOV 2nd 2014 – RA 3-Year Dance & Musical Theatre Vocational Course Auditions 

Renaissance Arts will be auditioning for full-time places on the 3-Year vocational course in Dance and/or Musical theatre on the 2nd of November 2014 @ Northern Ballet, Leeds, for places commencing 2015. Please click this link to Apply for an audition and complete an application form.

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Spot Light On – Daniel De Bourg


Dan trained at The Royal Ballet School, completing seven years and performing both classic and contemporary pieces with the school and the company. Legendary choreographer Christopher Bruce headhunted DeBourg to complete his new vision for the Rambert Dance Company; incorporating classically trained dancers with a modern-edge. After five years of touring the world as a soloist with Rambert, DeBourg landed a modelling contract with top agent, Storm. He went on to model for brands such as Armani, Zenga, Calvin Klein and BedHead. During this time, Daniel progressed and diversified into the commercial market, performing in numerous pop videos and touring with recording artists, such as All Saints, Atomic Kitten and Steps.

Daniel then accepted a recording contract with DreamWorks records in Los Angeles, where he worked with R Kelly, The Neptunes and Tim & Bob. In the UK, he achieved top-5 chart success, writing songs for Jamelia and more recently, Ironik.
He is currently signed to Sony as a producer / songwriter and working with acts both sides of the Atlantic.

His dance Masterclass comprises of repertoire from Rambert combined with all the elements of his rich and diverse performing history.