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October 2012 eNewsletter

This is an enewsletter from October 2012 kept here for archive purposes.

Northern Ballet October eNewsletter
Ashley Dixon comes thirs in Top 100
We're delighted that four of our dancers have been listed in Dance Europe's Top 100 Dancers from around the world for 2011-2012. Ashley Dixon, Martha Leebolt, Tobias Batley and Javier Torres were all chosen by an international panel of critics and dance writers, with Ashley coming joint third on the list.
This caps a terrific year for Ashley, upon whom the role of the Beast in Beauty & the Beast was created. After an extremely successful spring season the production resumes its national tour with performances in Norwich, Bradford, Woking, Canterbury, Aylesbury and Bath this autumn.
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Beauty & the Beast
Ashley Dixon as the Beast. Photo Bill Cooper.
White Rose Awards Night of a thousand stars
The White Rose Arts and Culture Award 2012 was scooped by Hepworth Gallery Wakefield on 1 October at a glittering event at Elland Road. Worthy winners they are too after a phenomenal opening year - our hearty congratulations to them. The Northern Ballet party were thrilled to be highly commended by judges, so we didn't leave empty handed either!
Mark Skipper, Chief Executive at Northern Ballet, said: ‘Northern Ballet is a proud ambassador for Yorkshire. We represent Yorkshire's rich heritage regularly in our national and international tours. Our home in the centre of Leeds allows us the opportunity to bring people of all abilities closer to dance in all its forms. I am delighted that we have been recognised by the White Rose Awards. We were nominated in an extremely strong category and I am thrilled that Yorkshire is producing such exciting arts and culture at the moment.’
Ugly Duckling selling quackly!
Due to high demand for Ugly Duckling an extra performance has been added at 4.30pm on Saturday 20 October at Yeadon Town Hall.
We got a sneaky peak of last month's dress rehearsal and captured some great photos of the adorable production, our first ballet especially for children.
With further performances this month at the Hunslet Club, Riley Theatre and Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre all selling quickly, book now to avoid missing out on the fun.
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Book now for Ugly Duckling
Northern Ballet dancers in Ugly Duckling. Photo Martin Bell.
Martha Leebolt & Tobias Batley as Cleopatra & Anthony. Photo Bill Cooper. Royal Opera House Gala
Our very own Tobias Batley and Martha Leebolt will be performing amongst dancers from Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and West End shows at the Royal Opera House Gala this month.
On Sunday 21 October Angela Rippon will be chairing the event, ‘Celebration - In a Class of their Own’ in the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House.
The celebration is in aid of the Dance Teachers' Benevolent Fund with a donation also being made to the Wayne Sleep Foundation for Young Performers.
The £200 tickets include a champagne reception with canapés before the performance and during the interval.
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60 seconds with Sebastian Loe
Coryphée Sebastian took some time out from co-choreographingUgly Duckling (with Soloist Dreda Blow) to tell us more about himself.
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Sebastian Loe. Photo Simon Lawson.
Sponsor a Dancer - the Big Give The Big Give
Don't forget that on 6, 7 & 8 December we'll be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012.During this time any money you give to sponsor Seb, Dreda or any of our dancers could be doubled. We know December is a busy time so you can sign up now at to receive an email reminder nearer the time.
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Hannah Bateman, photo Bill Cooper. Launch
If you are a dance student or recent graduate then Launch is the networking and professional development day for you to make new contacts and collect information about how to get a job in dance.
Designed to help you choose and pursue specific roles within the Dance sector, the event will take place at Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance on Friday 9 November from 9.30am-6pm.
Organised by Dance UK in partnership with Northern Ballet, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds Metropolitan University's Dance Department; tickets are £30 (£25 for Dance UK student members) including lunch and drinks.
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This month at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Our exciting season of dance continues this month with Keneish Dance performing Vigour on 13 October and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance bringing Classic Cut on 25 October, an intriguing double-bill celebrating the Company's 25th anniversary.
From 29 October - 2 November Northern Ballet will perform Ugly Duckling, the Company's first ballet especially for children.
We'll also have fun and frolics with A Great Big Burlesque Bonanza on 6 October and comic Dave Johns on 12 October, as well as Comedy in the Dark presented by Dave on 20 October.
What's on
What's on
Madame Butterfly
Nottingham Theatre Royal
Tue 9 - Sat 13 October
0115 989 5555
Beauty & the Beast
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 2 - Sat 6 October
01603 630 000
Bradford Alhambra Theatre
Wed 24 - Sat 27 October
01274 432000
Woking New Victoria Theatre
Tue 30 October - Sat 3 November
0844 871 7645
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
Tue 6 - Sat 10 November
01227 787 787
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tue 13 - Sat 17 November
0844 871 7607
Bath Theatre Royal
Tue 27 November - Sat 1 December
01225 448844
Ugly Duckling
Leeds - Yeadon Town Hall
Sat 20 October 4.30pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds - The Hunslet Club
Sun 21 October 2.30pm & 4pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds - The Riley Theatre
Sat 27 October 2.30pm & 4pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds - Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Mon 29 October - Fri 2 November
0113 220 8008
The Nutcracker
Leeds Grand Theatre
Tue 18 - Sun 30 December
0844 848 2701
The Great Gatsby
Leeds Grand Theatre
World Première
Sat 2 - Sat 9 March 2013
0844 848 2701
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Tue 12 - Sat 16 March 2013
0114 249 6000
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Thu 21 - Sat 23 March 2013
0131 529 6000
Hull New Theatre
Tue 2 - Sat 6 April 2013
0131 529 6000
on sale soon
Belfast Grand Opera House
Wed 10 - Sat 13 April 2013
028 9024 1919
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 16 - Sat 20 April 2013
0844 871 7652
on sale soon
Cardiff New Theatre
Tue 23 - Sat 27 April 2013
029 2087 8889
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 30 April - Sat 4 May 2013
01603 630 000
London Sadler's Wells
Tue 14 - Sat 18 May 2013
0844 412 4300
on sale soon
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Photos Martin Bell, Bill Cooper, Simon Lawson.