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The Academy of Northern Ballet will be hosting an open day on 16 February at its home in Quarry Hill for local youngsters interested in pursuing their passion for ballet with professional training. The open day is the chance for 9 – 13 year olds from Leeds and Yorkshire to meet Academy staff and find out more about the training programmes on offer.  
Ellena Nou, Filippo Di Vilio, Rachael Peters. Photo Martin Bell.
Students on the Graduate Professional Programme train full-time at Northern Ballet’s award winning home in Leeds city centre, rubbing shoulders with the Company’s professional dancers. A timetable* for a typical day is as follows
Academy graduates have gone on to study at many of the top vocational dance schools around the world.
Photo Martin Bell
For ages 8 - 16 Our classes for young people aim to develop the dancer's technical ability whilst enhancing their presentation skills and musicality.
ELizabeth (Lisa) Rae with Richard Sykes, Frankfurt Ballet
Dip R.B.S (TTC) ARAD, AISTD (NDB), IBF, CSF Elizabeth started training with Margaret Jaffé at The Northern Dance Centre (formally Braybrooks Academy) in West Yorkshire UK, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. Her first professional work was with the Royal Ballet as a student in the Leonide Massine Lectures at The Place in London, and with the Royal Ballet Choreographic group as the female lead in Collaboration One choreographed by Royston Muldoom.
Jessica Morgan
Northern Ballet would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and here are a few messages from the dancers and team.
Christopher Hinton-Lewis
Christopher Hinton-Lewis was born in Wolverhampton and trained at the English National Ballet School. He joined the Company as a dancer in 1999 and was promoted to Premier Dancer in 2008.
Annemarie trained in classical ballet from a very young age and graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA Hons in Dance in 1994.
Georgina May
Georgina joined the Company as a dancer in 2002 and retired in June 2012. During her time with the Company she created roles such as Aurora in A Sleeping Beauty Tale and Ophelia in Hamlet. Since leaving Northern Ballet Georgina has completed the Royal Ballet School professional dancers teachers course, graduating with distinction and also the Alan Herdman Pilates Teacher Training course.  Alan Herdman was responsible for bringing Pilates to the UK and is one of the most respected Pilates instructors in the World.
Born in Harrogate, Jessica started Dance training age four at a local Dance school and with Central School of Ballet. She then graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Ballet Education. Here, she gained in depth knowledge of classical ballet teaching and practice. Jessica has been teaching in a variety of contexts for the last two years and is a qualified RAD Ballet and IDTA Jazz teacher. Jessica has been training intensively with Cara O’Shea since February 2013 in the Ichino Method.

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