Sports College welcome INK Dance

Sports College welcome INK Dance

Leeds United Sports College introduces their latest education partner.

Leeds United Sports College have announced a new educational partnership with Sheffield based INK Dance.

As the Sports College continues to grow from strength to strength since its launch, the latest venture sees the elite development course on offer expand into the world of performance and dance.

The partnership with INK Dance will provide students based in or near Sheffield with the chance to gain a BTEC in education and dance, the course is currently designed for 16 to 18 year olds. The organisation specialises in commercial and street dance styles - providing dance classes and dance training programmes that are current and relevant to today’s dance industry.

The INK Dance teaching team hold professional performance credits from a variety of industry experiences, including dancers from X-Factor, BBC Children in Need, UK Pantomime Tours, TV commercials and many more. The staff have also trained at a number of prestigious dance conservatories such as The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Urdang Academy. 

Suzy Dyson, Artistic Director at INK Dance, said: “The Leeds United Sports College and INK Dance share the same ethos in providing high quality educational experiences for young people, delivered through industry specialist tutors. 

“The delivery of our programme is elevated by real dance industry experience that we can share with the students, giving learners solid foundations and versatility within their dance training to prepare them for a career in the performing arts industry.”

The course on offer will be further supported by specialist Leeds United tutors delivering the Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts which is equivalent to three A Levels. The tutors will set ambitious targets within a classroom setting, delivering innovative teaching and learning.

Rachael Lakey, Education Strategic Development Manager at Leeds United, added: “We’re stepping outside of the box with INK Dance by delivering a programme which moves away from the traditional sport and football setting.

“As a College, we have a duty of care to offer a range of post-16 programmes but we’re also committed to maintaining the absolute best quality by working with industry recognised organisations. It’s a great way to show how the power of football can be used as an engagement tool for a range of vocational areas.” 

For more information on the courses available with INK Dance, please email