Meet the dancers
'What makes us unique? The way everyone works together is really special. It's the repertoire that puts us in a different field. We try to make ballet for everyone; we try to make dance for now, for tomorrow. For everyone that hasn't seen it we try to make it accessible in every way that we can.'
Kenneth Tindall, Premier Dancer
Northern Ballet is a place where young stars of the future can reach their potential, where dancers at the start of their careers are nurtured and where established artists can reach greater heights. By sponsoring a dancer you can help our dancers at all levels reach their potential and our young stars of the future achieve their dreams.
Abi is aged 13 and a student with Northern Ballet Academy. She dreams of becoming a dancer and believes that here, with Northern Ballet, her dreams are in reach.
Tobias Batley joined Northern Ballet in 2004 and is now a Premier Dancer and has created such roles as Mark Anthony in Cleopatra and Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby.
In January 2011, Premier Dancer Martha Leebolt won the Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) award at the National Dance Awards. Her skills and talent have been nurtured and developed at Northern Ballet and David Nixon OBE created the role of Cleopatra on her.
Northern Ballet is an inventive, challenging and inspiring company. We are a British success story. We nurture new talent, create new stories, engage and delight our audiences and bring ballet to more and more people. But we need all of our dancers to be able to do it.
What it means to me...
Our dancers tell us what it would mean to them if you sponsored them...
Having worked for Northern Ballet for 8 years now I have witnessed some of the best performers in the UK, if not the world and I’m proud to be a part of this. Being sponsored means becoming part of this fantastic growth, both as a company and myself as a dancer, and is a perfect opportunity for you to join a striding company before its peak.
Generosity is for me the greatest quality in an Artist and in a human being. Knowing that there is passionate and generous people supporting the Arts, makes me feel like I’ve come to the right place. To be sponsored and know that the Company could benefit from it would be really wonderful.
I am extremely touched that you have chosen to sponsor me. It is a great feeling to know that someone is supporting me, being sponsored gives me confidence in what I do. Knowing that I have your support behind me gives me even more motivation to better my dancing and believe in myself, thank you so much!
If I were sponsored it would be an amazing thing – I’ve always performed to my highest ability but having a sponsor behind me would raise a new element in my performance. I would go that extra mile to not only make myself proud, but their involvement in the performance through me, something to be proud of.