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60 seconds with... Hannah Bateman

Hannah Bateman - photo Justin Slee

In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it

I auditioned once and didn't get in, so I came back the following year to try again and was given a 1st year Corp de Ballet contact. Since then I have learned many steps to many pieces of music and performed them to whoever turns up to watch!

Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?

At home getting much needed rest & relaxation!

Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?

This is a very difficult question as we have some wonderful productions at Northern Ballet.

Romeo and Juliet is probably my favourite - awesome storyline, beautiful music and a dream-come-true role in Juliet.

I also love the honesty and heart in Madame Butterfly. Hamlet is right up there too as well as Wuthering Heights and... I could go on and on!

I’m a frustrated…

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Who would play you in a film of your life?

Natalie Portman (aiming high!)

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Fear nothing but fear itself. If you don’t believe in you, why would anyone else? Just do it!

What song will always get you dancing?

Anything by Abba, I can't help it.

What scares you?

Not living for the moment.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

Gardening and shoes.

If you were on a reality TV show which would it be and go on and why?

The Apprentice, because I actually believe I would be quite good on it! (Just like all the other people watching it and screaming at their TV's)

What do you want to do before you die?

Start a business, own a 1980's Porsche, run a hotel, design my own shoes, go snowboarding and live in the south of France.

It’s your dream dinner party – which six people (dead or alive) would you invite?

My friend Dave, my boyfriend Kenny, Edward Norton, Sean Penn, Adele and Plan B

A phrase I use far too much is...

"I can't", "ahh" and lots of swearing phases that my Gran once told me, "was not language befitting a ballerina."

Describe yourself in three words?

Kind, honest and loyal (I hope) but it could equally be, stroppy, moody and angry! Depends what day it is, oh dear!

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