Northern Ballet are one of a very few number of dance companies in England to regularly offer audio described performances of their productions for the visually impaired. Audio description of live performances, like the audio description service on television, describes the action using descriptive rather than technical language, for those who cannot see it.
Depending on the repertoire for the season, Northern Ballet use approximately 2,200 pairs of pointe shoes each year. Using the average size pointe shoe, if you were to line them up, toe to heel, it would be well over half a mile!
We are often asked why our Short Ballets are scheduled as they are, especially about the times of performances.
There are two parts of the Short Ballets tour - from March to April where we take it to as many theatres as is possible and then from May when the short ballets joins the main tour.
If you’ve been following Channel 4’s Big Ballet last week you saw the dancers starting their training and auditioning for parts in Swan Lake. I tweeted at the time how fantastic the professional Northern Ballet dancers looked and they were almost matched by the splendour of the Northern Ballet studios (some scenes were also filmed at our neighbours Yorkshire Dance).
We know that you love all things pointe, but there are some fascinating facts that you may not know and over the next few weeks I will be revealing interesting pointe trivia and debunking some myths.
To get started, here is the first pointe fact you may not know
An interesting fact about the beginning of pointe
Did you love meeting all the people involved in Channel 4’s Big Ballet project? Tonight’s episode follows the dancers as they begin their training at our place! We got to know the Big Ballet dancers really well when they trained at our stunning studios several times a week throughout the project. Some of them loved our place so much they still come to our adult ballet classes.
Today is our last day in Beijing before we return to the UK. There have been one or two little challenges over the last two weeks which we have overcome and I am proud that the company has given some excellent performances and done a great job as cultural Ambassadors for our city and the UK in general.
Last night the company were treated to a banquet in a restaurant near to our hotel hosted by Cui Yang (Young), our Promoter.
We presented Young with a framed photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream as a memento of our 2014 tour.