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Sean Bates
Sean is from Milton Keynes. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Sean Where were you born and raised? Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. At what age did you start dancing? Age 3. Where did you train? The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools. Awards/nominations/prizes Young British Dancer of the Year 2009 – 2nd place.
Isaac Lee-Baker
Issac was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Isaac Where did you do your dance training? Chance to Dance and Royal Ballet School (Junior Associates/Lower School and Upper School) What made you want to be a dancer? After watching Romeo & Juliet What would be your dream role to dance be and why? Romeo from Macmillan’s Romeo & Juliet.
Abigail Prudames
Abigail is from Harrogate in North Yorkshire and joined Northern Ballet in 2011. She trained at the Royal Ballet Lower School and Elmhurst School for Dance (Upper School). Learn more about Abigail Where were you born and raised? Born in Harrogate. Raised in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. At what age did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was six years old.
Teresa Saavedra-Bordes
Teresa is from Gran Canaria in Spain where she trained at the Centro Coreográfico de Danza Trini Borrull, before heading to the Royal Ballet Upper School. She previously worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet on Cinderella. Learn more about Teresa Where were you born and raised? Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Martha Leebolt shared with us her thought on winning her recent award at last month’s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.
Matthew Broadbent
Matthew was born in Zevenaar in the Netherlands. He trained at the Royal Ballet School (Lower and Upper Schools). Matthew joined Northern Ballet in 2010. Learn more about Matthew Where were you born and raised? Zevenaar, Netherlands. At what age did you start dancing? I started dancing at eight years old and moved away to school at 11.
Nicola Gervasi
Nicola is from Todi in Italy where he trained before joining English National Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2010. Learn more about Nicola Previous companies Peter Schaufuss Balletten. Career highlights Dancing The Nutcracker with English National Ballet, dancing with ENB at the Royal Variety Show; contracts with PSB and Northern Ballet.
Jessica Morgan
Jessica is from Newcastle, Australia and joined Northern Ballet in 2007. She trained at the Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy and Elmhurst School for Dance. Learn more about Jessica Where were you born and raised? Newcastle, Australia. At what age did you start dancing? At age 3. Where did you train? Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy, Elmhurst School for Dance.
Ayami was born in Shiga, Japan and started ballet at the age of six at Jun Ballet Gakuen in Japan. In 2006, she participated in the 5th Japan Grand Prix and won a scholarship from Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco for three years. After graduating in 2009 Ayami joined Northern Ballet before moving on to perform with Ballet Ireland in 2011 and Singapore Dance Theatre from 2012. She rejoined Northern Ballet in 2014. Where were you born and raised? Shiga, Japan. At what age did you start dancing?
Rachael Gillespie
Rachael is from Swindon and joined Northern Ballet in 2007. She trained with the Judith Hockaday School and Central School of Ballet. Her previous companies include Scottish Ballet and Ballet Central. Learn more about Rachael Where were you born and raised? Swindon, Wiltshire. At what age did you start dancing? 3 years of age.

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