On Wednesday 29 January I braved the weather and trekked north with graduate dancers Curtis Pooley and Madeleine Bantick for a special fashion shoot in Edinburgh; and to spread the word about the UK première of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo's Romeo and Juliet at Edinburgh Festival Theatre 26-28 February.
This time last year, Kiara Flavin was approaching the end of her first full term on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Graduate Professional Programme which aims to bridge the gap between full-time ballet training and professional performance. Now, after earning and accepting a contract with Northern Ballet, Kiara shares her first experiences of life as a professional ballet dancer...
We were delighted to be nominated for Best Company at the Taglioni International Ballet Awards and even more delighted to win when the recipients of the awards were announced back in September 2014. Now we've got even more to celebrate after scooping even more awards and nominations!
First our Head of Stage, Sid Taylor, won the award for Oustanding Achievement in Stage Crew at the Technical Theatre Awards.
It's been a long time since my last Tales from Touring blog and in fact it's been about four months since the last time I was out and about with the Company in Southampton! Since then we've had a fantastic run of performances of the Mixed Programme at our Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, followed by a well-earned summer break for our dancers, six weeks of rehearsals and a stunning revival of Draculaat the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
After the exciting announcements and award wins of last week, the fun continues this week as the Company head out to the most easterly point on this season's tour with seven performances of Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal.
This week two sultry and mysterious characters were spotted in the atmospheric Dark Arches of Leeds as our dancers Alice Bayston and Isabelle Clough took to the tunnels to model the latest fashions in a vampire-inspired photo shoot with Harvey Nichols.
As Dracula prepared to return for the first time in five years, we spoke to Senior Wardrobe Manager Mikhaila Pye to find out just what it takes to get our dancers on stage in their Victorian finest...
How soon do you start preparing the wardrobe for the revival of a production?
We start planning the wardrobe for a revival as soon as possible, or as soon as we get the casting for a production. We got the Dracula costumes back from storage before the summer break at the end of June.