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Teesside dance teacher creates international performance video

Dance teacher Heike was invited to America

A dance video created by a Teesside performing arts teacher is being given its international debut this month.

Heike Salzer, who is Dance Programme Leader at Teesside University, was invited to Texas State University to take part in a ten day artist residency earlier this year.

Their brief was to create original choreography about the Greek God Zefiro.

The result is a performance video named 'Extreme Landscapes', which was shot on location in America, Iceland and North Yorkshire.

Heike on location in Iceland

Teesside University dance graduate Jessica Smith, who was taught Heike, was brought in to perform in the caves of North Yorkshire, while Salzer danced in extreme conditions in Iceland.

Heike Salzer said: “I feel privileged to be able to travel and work with artists from all over the world - it enriches my art and also allows me to bring work from international collaborations to Teesside.”

The video will be shown as part of an art installation at Dance City in Newcastle.

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What would the 'Transport for North' involve?

A thinktank is calling for the Chancellor to use this month's budget to give £15 billion to the North East.

They want to create a 'Transport for North' network, imitating the existing Transport for London.

But what would the 'Transport for North' involve?

IPPR have set out a 10-year blueprint for what they think Transport for North (TfN) should do:

  • Appoint a Transport Commissioner for the North, who would be accountable to the public and be a figurehead for developing northern transport.
  • Move towards a contactless, cross-boundary ticketing system - using mobile phones and contactless payments for journeys across different modes of transport.
  • Manage rail franchises, rolling stock and stations in an attempt to reduce overcrowded services and platforms.

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Thornaby votes 'yes' to leave Stockton Borough Council

Residents in a Teesside town have voted in favour of becoming independent from their borough council.

In a postal referendum, more than 4,000 people were in favour of the proposal – that’s 72% of those who voted, with a 32% turnout.

The referendum is not legally binding so any changes would be dependent on the authority requesting the Boundary Commission carry out a review.

A similar referendum was held in Yarm last year, which saw 89% of residents vote to leave the borough, but the move was later vetoed by Stockton councillors.

Leader of Stockton Council,Councillor Bob Cook, said:

Stockton Borough Council delivers a huge range of high quality services from safeguarding vulnerable people to weekly refuse collections. Residents’ surveys consistently find that these services enjoy very high satisfaction levels that compare favourably with any local authority in the country.

We have put major investment into Thornaby town centre and secured millions for improvements to school buildings, the award-winning Mandale Park housing regeneration project and the development of a superb centre for dementia care. In addition to this, £19million of improvements are planned to the highways network in the south of the Borough over the next two years.

We understand that people have strong views on specific issues and like all local authorities, there are times when we have to make difficult decisions.

– Bob Cook, Stockton Council Leader
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