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Ballet funnies

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There are so many ballet funnies, aphorisms, puns and memes that have made us laugh and smile this year we thought we'd share them with you... And make a few of our own!

Tour Narrative

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Often I find the excitement of traveling in savoring the anticipation. I love to imagine what lies ahead - what the people are like, where are the busiest streets, how will I end up spending my time?

A Big Give Christmas Success

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On 5, 6 and 7 December we asked you to support our Sponsor a Dancer campaign in the Big Give Christmas Challenge – and you didn’t disappoint!

We kicked off the Big Give by welcoming dance students from Headingley Ballet School who presented a £125 cheque towards the campaign following a second-hand uniform sale run by the students to raise money. By the end of the Big Give we had achieved £59,053.80 in donations, beating last year’s total by more than £2,000!

The night before Christmas...

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when at Quarry Hill,
Not a leotard or pointe shoe sat on the sill,
The studios are silent, not a whisper or sound,
It’s a strange kind of feeling not usually found,

The students have broken up for the term,
We’ll see them next year, ready to learn,
Their twirling and laughter filling the class,
As they practice for exams they will surely pass,

Cinderella, opening tonight!

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Our new full-length ballet, and second of 2013, Cinderella opens tonight at Leeds Grand Theatre!

Martha Leebolt & Hironao Takahashi in David Nixon's Cinderella. Photo Bill Cooper.

A few lucky people have attended dress rehearsals and preview perfrmances, here's what they had to say about it...

Cinderella costumes

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We are so excited for the World Première of Cinderella next week, we have decided to give you an exclusive glimpse of a couple of the costumes designed by our Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE.

Here are the Cinderella and Stepsisters picnic costumes and a male and female Winter ball costume. 

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Olivia's hidden talents

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Not only are our dancers dedicated performers but many of our company have hidden talents and Olivia Holland is one of them. Last week I discovered that not only is she a talented ballet artist but also a talented photographer and painter. So I caught up with Olivia to get the full scoop. 

Mark Skipper's response to culture funding report

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Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive Mark Skipper responds to the report published yesterday that the Government spends £69 per head on arts and culture in London compared with £4.60 per person elsewhere in England.

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