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International Summer School - blog 1

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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.

Summer Classes for adults

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This information is from 2011 and is kept here for archive purposes.

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.

Poor Yorick, We'll Have Some Fun With Him

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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.”

Northern Ballet generates over £500,000 in financial support

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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.

Tutus, tambourines and action!

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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.

Human Variations - The Choreographic Showcase

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If you weren’t there, you should have been. The Choreographic Showcase was a mesmeric delight.  Dancers from Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre came together to choreograph eleven pieces of brand spanking new dance. The fledgling choreographers were each given the same mission statement – simply, create a piece of dance. Dance. No sets, no costumes and precious few props. The focus was pulled firmly on movement and each piece having a discrete kinetic language of its own.

Colours of Bollywood

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Colours of Bollywood

Zoobin Surty Karma Dance SAAUK is a dance troupe that educates, enriches and inspires through Indian Classical, Contemporary and Bollywood dance culture. The Company encourages others to dance by creating performance opportunities for all ages in the region.

Phil Cool and Richard Digance come to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

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Phill CoolLegends of mirth, Phil Cool and Richard Digance, are coming to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre. I, like many who’ve bumbled through a university in the last ten years, first came across Digance on Countdown. I was always impressed and alarmed by his capacity to turn almost anything into a chipper limerick.

Wheelchair Dance Project 2011

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Do you want to try something different?
Do you want to be part of a wheelchair dance group?
Then come along to our workshops and give it a try!

In March and May, the Learning team held taster sessions for the Wheelchair Dance project, offering young people in Leeds who are wheelchair users, the chance to try some dance.

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Choreographic Workshop - Preview Photos

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On 17 & 18 June The Stanley & Audrey Burton Studio Theatre at Northern Ballet will play host to a very special showcase, one where Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre dancers have turned choreographer to create brand new and exciting work.

Kenneth Tindall, Ben Mitchell, Victoria Sibson and Tobias Batley relaxing after a hard day's rehearsal.

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