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Claude-Michel Schönberg
Born in 1944 of Hungarians parents, Claude-Michel began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs.
Mark Skipper DL
Mark Skipper has been Chief Executive of Northern Ballet since 1996. Mark started his career in banking before joining Northern Ballet as Deputy Stage Manager in 1987. He was promoted to the role of Company Manager and then Head of Planning before being appointed Chief Executive.  In the past 17 years he has supported the creation of more than 20 new productions and increased the Company’s overseas touring, most recently securing partnership funding to take Northern Ballet to China.
Charlotte Talbot was born in Sheffield and is a former Northern Ballet Principal artist who originally joined the company in 1992 under the direction of Christopher Gable.
Daniel de Andrade
Daniel de Andrade is from Brazil and came to the UK to finish his ballet studies in 1985. He since danced with National Ballet of Portugal, London City Ballet, Zurich Opera House Ballet and The Scottish Ballet.
Yoko Ichino
Born in Los Angeles, Yoko studied with renowned ballerina Mia Slavenska and began her professional career in 1972 when she joined Joffrey Ballet II as an Apprentice. What followed was a career that spanned three decades. Yoko has danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada and Ballett der Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as appearing as a Guest Artist for over 22 companies across the world. She has partnered some of ballet’s greatest dancers including the world famous Rudolph Nuryev.
David Nixon, OBE
David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.
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