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Visit to Bramley to find Cinderella's set

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What happens to our beautiful sets when they are not on tour I hear you ask, well Northern Ballet have a dedicated workshop and storage building known as Bramley, in West Leeds, where all our sets live. Andy Waddington, our Techincal Director, kindly let me sneak my camera in to have a look at our Cinderella set up close.

Parts of the Cinderella set

How many pointe shoes do we use?

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pointe shoe trivia - no. of poitne shoes a year

Depending on the repertoire for the season, Northern Ballet use approximately 2,200 pairs of pointe shoes each year. Using the average size pointe shoe, if you were to line them up, toe to heel, it would be well over half a mile!

Revealing pointe facts

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We know that you love all things pointe, but there are some fascinating facts that you may not know and over the next few weeks I will be revealing interesting pointe trivia and debunking some myths. 

To get started, here is the first pointe fact you may not know

An interesting fact about the beginning of pointe

Meet Karen and life on Northern Ballet reception

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Many people know our dancers but there are lots of people in our head quarters who are important to life at Northern Ballet and Karen Dixon, one of our Receptionists, is one of them. I had a quick chat with Karen to find out what life is like in our busy reception.

When did you join Northern Ballet?

I started at Northern Ballet in June of 2006.

A look at our social media in 2013

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It is now 2014 and we are excitedly preparing for the Spring tour but before then I had a look at the top posts from 2013. Here is an inforgraphic to reveal all

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Ballet funnies

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There are so many ballet funnies, aphorisms, puns and memes that have made us laugh and smile this year we thought we'd share them with you... And make a few of our own!

Cinderella costumes

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We are so excited for the World Première of Cinderella next week, we have decided to give you an exclusive glimpse of a couple of the costumes designed by our Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE.

Here are the Cinderella and Stepsisters picnic costumes and a male and female Winter ball costume. 

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Olivia's hidden talents

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Not only are our dancers dedicated performers but many of our company have hidden talents and Olivia Holland is one of them. Last week I discovered that not only is she a talented ballet artist but also a talented photographer and painter. So I caught up with Olivia to get the full scoop. 

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