Northern Ballet has taken up residence in our new purpose-built home on Quarry Hill in central Leeds which we share with the Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Dance Theatre. It is a vibrant and exciting venue with lots on offer including dance classes for everyone in our stunning dance studios (including Europe's largest indoor rehearsal space). Our 230-seat studio theatre and other spaces throughout the building are available for hire for rehearsals, meetings and conferences. We also have a fully licenced cafe/bar and a catering team on hand to cater for your event.
A Cuban Tale - Javier Torres' Premiere with Northern Ballet
Premier dancer Javier Torres joined Northern Ballet this season straight from the prestigious Ballet Nacional de Cuba. He left there after 10 years and has embarked on a season with Northern Ballet which we are all truly excited about, and as you'll see in the following photo blog, I'm sure the crowds will flock from all over the UK to see him. Javier's premiere performance with us was in the very difficult role of Anthony in Swan Lake at the Bradford Alhambra.
This is my first photographic blog for Northern Ballet and I thought I'd start with a little insight into Bangkok. As we had very little time during our 4 days over there, I was only able to catch us on our day off, but we packed a lot in. I'll definitely be putting more dance photography on in my later blogs but for now here's 'A day off in Bangkok'.
Since the dancers have been on tour for the past month yesterday was their first time in our new home. All day long they were popping through offices, trying out the studios and telling us what they thought.
Here's just a few of their thoughts on the new building...
Northern Ballet gave the inaugural performance at Aylesbury’s new Waterside Theatre on 12 October, performing Swan Lake to a full and star-studded auditorium.
The glitterati were out in force to greet a cheering crowd outside. The many household names included Tony Christie who sang his hit “Is this the way to Amarillo”, Ruby Wax, David Suchet, Simon Callow, Richard O’Brien, Suzanne Shaw, Warwick Davis, and Cilla Black, who officially opened the theatre.
Northern Ballet Academy students Jenny Layton and Paul Smith were dancing in the aisles at the new Waitrose store in Meanwood this week, in celebration of the supermarket’s support of training for our budding ballet dancers.
It has been a very strange week for Northern Ballet Academy. With the Company only moving into the building last Monday we made the decision to move the Academy across a week later so that staff could fully get to grips with the building before more than 200 academy students came through the doors.
I have spent my week going back and forth from Quarry Hill in the daytime to West Park in the evenings and it really has made me realise quite how lucky the Academy is.