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How many pointe shoes do we use?

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pointe shoe trivia - no. of poitne shoes a year

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!

Short ballets tour times

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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.

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Christopher Gable and Princess Margaret

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For our Open House last Saturday (15 Feb 2014) brave souls went into our archive to see what treasures lie within - and some real treasures were found!

Not least of which this candid photo of Princess Margaret and Christopher Gable on stage at Bath Theatre Royal after a performance of A Simple Man.

Revealing pointe facts

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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

Big Ballet at Northern Ballet

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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.

Final Day in Beijing

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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.

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Second Performance in Beijing

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Last night the company were treated to a banquet in a restaurant near to our hotel hosted by Cui Yang (Young), our Promoter.

David and Mark with Young

Kevin and Matt at dinner

We presented Young with a framed photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream as a memento of our 2014 tour.

Enjoy an exclusive Cleopatra dinner at Crafthouse

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For one night only on Tuesday 18 February 2014, sleek British restaurant, Crafthouse, is offering a unique opportunity for lovers of good, food, culture and conversation to dine exclusively with David Nixon OBE, Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley for an insight into Cleopatra which opens at

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