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BBC launches search for UK’s most talented dancers with first ever BBC Young Dancer

October 2, 2014

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(L-R) The BBC’s Director-General Tony Hall and internally renowned Ballet star Carlos Acosta launching BBC Young Dancer 2015 at Sadler’s Wells, London. Carlos Acosta has been named as an Ambassador for the Award. BBC Young Dancer launches with four categories – Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and South Asian Dance – and will be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four. Tony Hall, Carlos Acosta - (C) BBC - Photographer: Sim Cannety-Clarke

BBC launches search for UK’s most talented dancers with first ever BBC Young Dancer BBC Young Dancer launches with four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and South Asian Dance BBC Young Dancer 2015 Grand Final Judges today announced as: Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor, Tamara Rojo, Kenrick Sandy and Alistair Spalding Carlos Acosta announced […]

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Northern Ballet focuses spotlight on emerging and established international talent

April 15, 2013

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Northern Ballet focuses spotlight on emerging and established international talent Northern Ballet returns home in June with a showcase of outstanding emerging and established international choreography. The Company will perform a mixed programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in its award-winning headquarters in Leeds from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 June.   Following […]

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Northern Ballet announces new programme for classical ballet graduates

March 27, 2013

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Northern Ballet announces new programme for classical ballet graduates   Northern Ballet is launching an exciting new finishing year course for ballet graduates, designed by David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Director of Northern Ballet Academy and Yoko Ichino, Associate Director of Northern Ballet Academy, to help bridge the gap between leaving full-time […]

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Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet’s launch of The Great Gatsby part 2

February 21, 2013

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Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet’s launch of The Great Gatsby part 2 Last night I published part one of the London launch of Northern Ballet’s preview of The Great Gatsby, coming your way in March. Today I want to highlight the dancer/actors of the company and these photographs showcase the drama, seduction and danger of the […]

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Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet launches The Great Gatsby

February 20, 2013

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Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

Northern Ballet launches The Great Gatsby with London preview There were diamonds on the tables, feathers in the air and a buzz in the crowd for the London launch of Northern Ballet’s new work, The Great Gatsby, which premieres in Leeds on Saturday 2nd March 2013. We were treated to three scenes from the ballet, […]

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Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet attends Rural Retreat in the UK

January 9, 2013

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Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet, attends Rural Retreat in the UK <Hong Kong – 9 January 2012> At the beginning of January 2013, The Hong Kong Ballet’s Madeleine Onne was one of 28 Artistic Directors from the world’s foremost dance companies who attended the 10th Rural Retreat for dance leaders. The event, hosted […]

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Northern Ballet & Hannah Cockroft | Dare to Dream

November 23, 2012

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Hannah Cockroft with Northern Ballet dancers. Photo Justin Slee

Northern Ballet & Hannah Cockroft | Dare to Dream  Yorkshire born double Paralympic Gold Medallist, Hannah Cockroft, visited Northern Ballet’s headquarters in Leeds to show her support for the Company’s commitment to nurturing young dance talent and to offer inspiration to aspiring young dancers. Northern Ballet is one of few ballet companies that annually employs […]

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Sadler’s Wells Spring 2013 Season

November 14, 2012

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rtha Leebolt & Tobias Batley as Daisy & Gatsby in David Nixon's The Great Gatsby. Photo Jason Tozer.

Sadler’s Wells Spring 2013 Season The Spring 2013 season at Sadler’s Wells is on sale, and there are some treats in store. The National Ballet of Canada will dance Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo & Juliet from Wednesday 17th-Sunday 21st April, with tickets from £12 to £45. The London Children’s Ballet present The Secret Garden, choreographed by […]

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Northern Ballet Board recruiting for new chair

August 28, 2012

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Northern Ballet Board recruiting for new chair   Northern Ballet, one of the UK’s best-loved ballet companies, is launching a search for a new Chair to lead the Company.   David Forbes has stepped down as Chair of Northern Ballet after eight years with the Company, the last two as its Chair, in order to […]

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From Student to Star | Mariana Rodrigues, Northern Ballet

August 5, 2012

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From Student to Star | Mariana Rodrigues, Northern Ballet From Student to Star is an interview series featuring Graduates from vocational ballet schools as they begin their professional careers. Ballet News will be following them periodically to keep you up to date with their progress and whether the reality of ballet life lives up to […]

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Northern Ballet’s Kenneth Tindall wins in Hanover

June 25, 2012

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Northern Ballet Premier Dancer wins at Choreography Competition in Hanover   Northern Ballet’s Premier Dancer Kenneth Tindall has won the Bundesjugendballett Production Prize at the 26th Choreography Competition in Hanover for his debut piece Project #1. The Production Prize will allow Kenneth to create a new work for Germany’s national youth ballet based in Hamburg.   Kenneth […]

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Northern Ballet in ‘Arts Troubleshooter’ documentary this weekend

May 21, 2012

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Michael Lynch, and Northern Ballet Dancers: Victoria Goldsmith, Josh Barwick, Hannah Bateman, Kenny Tindall, Stage at Theatre Royal in Newcastle - (C) Wall to Wall - Photographer: Dominique Belcourt

Northern Ballet in Arts Troubleshooter documentary Last week I reported that Northern Ballet were to feature in a BBC documentary called Arts Troubleshooter, to be broadcast this weekend. What’s in store ? The programme follows Michael Lynch, former Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre in London & the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, as he works […]

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Northern Ballet announces Spring 2012 tour

December 23, 2011

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Northern Ballet announces Spring 2012 tour Northern Ballet will be bringing fairytale magic, Japanese beauty and the roaring twenties to theatres across the UK this Spring. The spring tour will open with Perpetual Motion, the Company’s first programme of short dance pieces in their new home, at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds […]

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Northern Ballet launches ‘Sponsor a Dancer’ campaign

October 20, 2011

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Northern Ballet Media Release For Immediate Release 20 October 2011   Northern Ballet launches ‘Sponsor a Dancer’ campaign Northern Ballet has announced a new fundraising campaign which aims to fill a gap in government funding and ensure that the Company can retain its full complement of 40 dancers. The campaign was launched last night at […]

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Northern Ballet | A Beauty of a Ballet

October 18, 2011

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Northern Ballet media release For immediate release October 2011   Northern Ballet | A Beauty of a Ballet   Northern Ballet is premiering its second new production of the year, Beauty & the Beast, at Leeds Grand Theatre this Christmas from 17 – 31 December. This follows the success of Cleopatra, which has taken over […]

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Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra tour & Projection Mapping

September 26, 2011

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Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra tour & Projection Mapping   Projection designs by Nina Dunn of creative agency Knifedge are to take centre stage when Northern Ballet’s acclaimed production of Cleopatra goes on tour to Nottingham, Woking and Norwich this Autumn. Since its premiere earlier this year, Northern Ballet’s new ballet has received much acclaim for its bold, modern […]

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Northern Ballet’s compelling ballet Hamlet returns to the Yorkshire stage

August 10, 2011

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Northern Ballet media release For Immediate Release Compelling ballet Hamlet returns to the Yorkshire stage   Northern Ballet’s widely-acclaimed production of Hamlet returns to theatres in Yorkshirethis autumn with performances at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 9 – 17 September and Sheffield Lyceum Theatre on 20 – 24 September. Created by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David […]

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Sugar Plum moments with Martha Leebolt, Premier Dancer with Northern Ballet

May 22, 2011

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Sugar Plum moments with Northern Ballet Principal, Martha Leebolt I’m comparing toes with Cleopatra, a.k.a. Martha Leebolt, and it’s caught me slightly by surprise. How many prima ballerinas do you know who would, unprompted, whip off their shoes and show you their feet ? Leebolt’s are strong & tiny, with no discernable marks from a […]

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Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra – the Queen of the Nile reigns at Sadlers Wells

May 18, 2011

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Cleopatra Northern Ballet Sadlers Wells, London 17th May 2011 “At the moment of death does our life flash before our eyes and if so, does our killer, staring into our eyes, see it too?”  Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon asks the question, posing it as the premise for his story of Cleopatra. Cleopatra. Seductive, […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homans

November 29, 2010

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Ballet News Reviews | Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homans Jennifer Homan’s history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels, is told from the perspective of a former dancer (trained at the School of American Ballet, performed with Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet & Pacific Northwest Ballet) who “grappled with the knotty interpretative dilemmas of the various […]

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