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Andrew Tomlinson (16) has been training with Northern Ballet on the CAT programme for 6 years - he recently went on a very exciting trip to Canada and here is his blog to tell you what he got up to.

So... The holidays are over and we’ve just started a new season, but before I get into our first week back here’s what happened in the hols!

On 27 July Northern Ballet played host to The Bank of England Breakfast with guest speaker Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England.

The event allowed us to demonstrate the flexibility of our space, our unique offering as a venue and exceptional catering.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cblQiDw5Cag

Northern Ballet's Dance in the City Summer School is taking place from 22 - 26 August.

The course is open to anyone aged 7 to 16 with an interest in dance so join us for a week of movement, creativity and fun. 

The deadline for registration is 12 August, so don't miss out, book your place today. Call Jo Dean on 0113 220 8000 or email jo.dean@northernballet.com

The International Summer School got off to a great start yesterday as over 100 eager faces arrived.

Students have come from all across the country as well as further afield - we have students from Canada, Geneva, the US, Brazil, Czech Repuplic, Japan and Finland.

It may be the holidays but that does not mean that we all have to stop dancing.

Over the summer we be running a number of master classes for adults wanting to dance in the sunshine, get fit, learn the basics or dance with the professionals.

Sometimes odd things happen in the day-to-day life of a ballet company, and some of it you just couldn't make up... Read on for Aled's tale from the dark side; not for the faint of heart...

“Could I speak to Robert Cordingley, please,” asked the cut, educated voice.

“Can I ask who’s … who’s calling, please?” the mechanism of my Receptionist’s response jarred slightly. We don’t get many calls for the Caretaker’s office.

“It’s Sarah,” she said, “from the British Museum,” then, to clarify, “regarding the disposal of human remains.”

In the past month Northern Ballet has generated over £500,000 of financial support from private donors, companies, trusts and foundations: an encouraging and impressive start to a campaign that sees the Company fundraising to fill a substantial gap in its government funding.

Our new Academy Pastoral Assistant, Emma Rodriguez-Saona, has her first experience of Academy end of year performances:

What a way to start my time at Northern Ballet. With the Academy’s calendar full to the brim, I was instantly immersed. 

I’ve found my first few weeks to be a hubbub of activity, hard work and enjoyment (my first challenge was learning lots of names!). Highlights that just cannot go unmentioned include the fantastic end of year Academy shows.

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