Get to know our new dancers a little better...
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 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 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.
Maria Beseghi, formerly of Zurich Ballet, is joining as a First Year Corps. Where were you born and raised? In Parma, Italy. Where did you do your training? First in my hometown and then three years in the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich. When did you join Northern Ballet? July 2013
Katherine joined Northern Ballet at the end of the spring 2013 season. Learn more about Katherine Where were you born and raised? I was born in France but moved to the US before my first birthday and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Where did you do your dance training? I started ballet at the age of 5, and spent nearly all of my training years at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, with one year of training at the Paris Opera Ballet School.
Lucia Solari joined the Company in July 2013 as a Soloist. Originally from Uruguay, Lucia was most recently at Hamburg Ballet. Where were you born and raised? I was born in Montevideo (Uruguay), raised in Italy and moved to Germany in 1999.
This summer we welcomed 10 new dancers to the Company and saw a host of promotions. Below are the headshots of all our dancers this season (all taken by Simon Lawson except Hironao Takahashi's taken by Justin Slee) with links to their biographies.
Kevin is from Montpelier in France. He joined Northern Ballet in 2012 having trained at English National Ballet School. Learn more about Kevin Where did you do your dance training? National School of Dance, Marseille and English National Ballet School. What made you want to be a dancer? My mother transferred her passion to me. She always wanted to become a ballerina but she never could. Her and my father put me in a ballet class and since then I have never stopped.
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.