Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to the Lowry 24-28 January for our first shows of 2012!

Since we were last there in 2011, the North-West has gained a major new player in the online dance community, in the form of the Lowry Dance Ambassador scheme.

Begun in July following work between The Lowry and NorthWestDance, it aims to create opportunities for young people with an interest in dance in the North West to work with acclaimed choreographers and dancers, both national and international.

So far it’s seen them attending performances and rehearsals by a wealth of companies, as well as coming to the Midlands to spend time here with us. Naturally, the young people have also been writing about their experiences.

If you’re looking to develop an interest in a new subject like dance, accessible initiatives like this in your own area are crucial. So it’s great to see that Dance Ambassadors have worked hard at establishing their online profile so you can find them all over the internet.

You can read their work here on their tumblr or here on the Lowry blog.

As well as this, you’ll find them on twitter at @lowryyouthdance. If you’re already on there yourself and looking for more dance-related tweeters, we’d also recommend checking out the list of who the Dance Ambassadors themselves are following.

Birmingham Royal Ballet performs David Bintley’s Beauty and the Beast at The Lowry, Salford, 24-28 January.