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.
The first week has been very exciting, learning our way around the building and making use of the terrific facilities it has to offer. By the time the Northern Ballet dancers return from their national tour on 18 October we will have settled in nicely and be ready to welcome them with open arms to their new home.
Since my last blog I am a year older, I had to pull out of the first night of Dangerous Liasions, we revised and performed A Christmas Carol, said our good byes to West Park and returned from Bangkok. And yes I am jet lagged !!!
The company were back to the theatre this morning for class and then our second and final performance of A Christmas Carol. Some of the Technicians also came in early to tidy up one or two of the lighting states.
The matinee was once again very well attended and it was interesting to observe that in both performances the audience was made up of 90% Thais which was quite unexpected. The performance was received very well by the audience who were very appreciative at the end with cheers and even some standing!