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Miki is from Fukuoka in Japan and joined Northern Ballet in 2014. She trained at Kazuko Sugihara Ballet School Art in Japan and Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. Whilst at school she danced Walts Girl from George Balanchine's Serenade, Dov'e la luna (Jean-Christophe Maillot) and Romeo & Juliet (Jean-Christophe Maillot). In 2010 she won the Gold medal at the YAGP Japan finals. Learn more about Miki Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan.
Gavin is from Motherwell and moved to Glasgow at the age of 12 to take up a vocational place at The Dance School of Scotland. Four years later he received a scholarship to study at English National Ballet School. Since then he has performed frequently, including excerpts from Soireé Musicales and Romeo & Juliet. He has also worked part-time with the Dance School at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Matthew Koon
Matthew Koon, who trained with Northern Ballet Academy and English National Ballet School, joins us as a First Year Corps. Matthew was a finalist on Got to Dance on SKY1. Where were you born and raised? Manchester Where did you do your dance training? I trained at English National Ballet School and before that Centre Pointe Dance School. When did you join northern ballet? July 2013
Mlindi Kulashe
Mlindi Kulashe is from Cape Town, South Africa. He trained at Cape Junior Ballet School and in English National Ballet School. He has performed with Cape Town City Ballet Company and was awarded Bronze Medal at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition. Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.
Isadora Valero Meza
Isadora Velero, formerly of Hamburg Ballet, joins us as a First Year Corps. Where were you born and raised? Caracas, Venezuela Where did you do your dance training? Academia de Ballet Clasico, Nina Novak. The School of the Hamburg Ballet. When did you join Northern Ballet? July 2013 What made you want to be a dancer? Ballet has always been my passion. Dance is an addictive and unique sensation. Describe your perfect Sunday morning... Having brunch at the beach with my family and boyfriend.
Matthew Topliss
Matthew was born in Boston, Lincolnshire but has lived in Yorkshire for the past 11 years. He is a graduate of Northern Ballet Academy CAT scheme and continued his training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He joined Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Matthew Where were you born and raised? I was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. I spent most of my childhood in Grimsby but have lived in West Yorkshire for about 10 years.
Joseph Taylor
Joseph is from Skegness. He joined Northern Ballet in 2012 from Elmhurst School for Dance. Learn more about Joseph Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Skegness, a small town on the east coast of Lincolnshire, which really was a great place to grow up.
Olivia Holland
Olivia was born in London and raised in Bath. She trained at the Royal Ballet School and completed her training at Elmhurst School for Dance. She joined Royal Ballet of Flanders before moving to Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Olivia Where were you born and raised? I was born in London, then I was raised in Saltford near Bath where I spent most of my childhood as well as at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond.
Mariana Rodrigues
Mariana was born in Lisbon, Portugal and joined Northern Ballet in 2012 from the Royal Ballet School. Learn more about Mariana Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. Where did you do your dance training? I trained at the National Conservatory Dance School in Lisbon and at the Royal Ballet School.
Luisa Rocco
Luisa is from Brazil. She trained at the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and has performed with Scottish Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet. She joined Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Luisa Where were you born and raised? Limeira, Brazil.

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