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Cleopatra, the music

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This article was originally published in February 2011.

Claude-Michel Schönberg

It takes no great leap of the imagination to visualise a woman undulating to music on a stage when the character embodied is Cleopatra.

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Academy Open Days, Extra Date

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Over January and February I have been travelling around Yorkshire delivering Open Days to give young enthusiastic dancers a taste of what it is like to train with Northern Ballet Academy. Along with a member of the Academy admin department and a pianist we have been waking up early on Sunday mornings to set off to show the next generation of dancers how they can benefit from our training in relaxed and fun workshops.

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Recognition for new building

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Our home, photo by Jonathan TaylorNorthern Ballet’s new home as been shortlisted from 112 submissions for the 2011 Civic Building of the Year award. The awards are given by The Society of Chief Architects for Local Authorities (SCALA).

The queen of media - the changing images of an icon

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This article was originally published in February 2011.

Cleopatra may have been born in 69BCE but she has remained a powerful icon ever since. Arguably no other figure in ancient history has been depicted so widely as this fascinating, and powerful woman.

Join us as we take a trip through her most enduring incarnations on stage, in film, fashion, the world of celebrity and, of course, dance.

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Walk Like an Egyptian Competition

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Cleopatra's influence on fashion, style and popular culture seems to be unending, with modern-day icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Katie Perry and Kim Kardashian taking inspiration from the last Queen of Egypt.  

Listen now to Northern Ballet on Radio 4's PM programme

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Yesterday's PM programme on Radio 4 featured a piece about narrative ballet, Northern Ballet's new production of Cleopatra and the Royal Ballet's first new full-length work in 20 years, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The report talks about the importance, and difficulty, in creating a full-length narrative ballet, something which Northern Ballet takes great pride in achieving.

Cleopatra Costume Designs

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Click on an image for a closer look at Christopher Giles' costume design illustrations for the Cleopatra ballet.

The images are a detailed look at the characters from Mark-Antony & Caesar to the gods Wadjyt and Apis.

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Past Students' Progress

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Joanne Thwaite, Associate Graduate

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Need a Valentine's Day gift but stuck for original ideas?

We've something to suit every pocket so why not treat that special someone to the Cleopatra Banquet, or give them a Northern Ballet Friends membership? You can even buy them a seat in our studio theatre!

Our Gracious Winner

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Martha Leebolt. Photo Justin SleeMartha Leebolt shared with us her thought on winning her recent award at last month’s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.

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