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Northern Ballet will welcome 10 new dancers to the Company this summer including finalists from this year’s BBC Young Dancer competition. The Leeds-based company has also announced promotions for existing members of the Company.
This time last year, Kiara Flavin was approaching the end of her first full term on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Graduate Professional Programme which aims to bridge the gap between full-time ballet training and professional performance. Now, after earning and accepting a contract with Northern Ballet, Kiara shares her first experiences of life as a professional ballet dancer...
It's back to work this week for our dancers who we welcome back from a four-week summer holiday.
While we've been in the office enjoying the sunshine in Leeds over the last few weeks our dancers have been racking up some air miles during their well-deserved summer holiday. So where do dancers jet off to rest their legs and work on their tans? We asked some of them to let us in on their plans.
Riku Ito
Riku is from Yokohama, Japan and trained at Yumi Kitamori Ballet Studio and the School of the Hamburg Ballet. He joined Northern Ballet in 2014. Learn more about Riku Where were you born and raised? Yokohama, Japan. At what age did you start dancing? When I was 4 years old. Where did you train? Yumi Kitamori Ballet Studio and the School of the Hamburg Ballet.
Luke Francis
Luke is from Birmingham and trained on Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track Programme, as a Royal Ballet Associate and at Elmhurst School for Dance and English National Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2014. Learn more about Luke Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Birmingham. At what age did you start dancing? 7 years old.
Isabelle is from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and trained at Janet Marshall Dance Studios and English National Ballet School. She joined Northern Ballet in 2014. Learn more about Isabelle Where were you born and raised? Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. At what age did you start dancing? Age 4. Where did you train? Janet Marshall Dance Studios and English National Ballet School. Awards/nominations/prizes  Stella Mann Prize 2009, Elizabeth Baines-Hewitt Award 2013.
Filippo is from Vinci in Italy and joined Northern Ballet in 2014. He trained at Teatro alla Scala Ballet School in Milan, St. Carlo Ballet School in Naples, English National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. Learn more about Filippo Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Vinci, a little town close to Florence, Italy.
Dominique was born in San Francisco, California and trained at the Ayako School of Ballet, Tanz Akademie Zürich and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2014. Find out more about Dominique Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. At what age did you start dancing? I started ballet at age three.

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