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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 Poeung
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 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.
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. At what age did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was 4. Where did you train? I trained at the National Conservatory Dance School in Lisbon and at the Royal Ballet School.
Sean Bates
Sean is from Milton Keynes. He trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Sean Where were you born and raised? Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. At what age did you start dancing? Age 3. Where did you train? The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools.
Isaac Lee-Baker
Issac was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2012. Learn more about Isaac Where did you do your dance training? Chance to Dance and Royal Ballet School (Junior Associates/Lower School and Upper School) What made you want to be a dancer? After watching Romeo & Juliet What would be your dream role to dance be and why? Romeo from Macmillan’s Romeo & Juliet.
Abigail Prudames
Abigail is from Harrogate in North Yorkshire and joined Northern Ballet in 2011. She trained at the Royal Ballet Lower School and Elmhurst School for Dance (Upper School). Learn more about Abigail Where were you born and raised? Born in Harrogate. Raised in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. At what age did you start dancing? I started dancing when I was six years old.
Teresa Saavedra-Bordes
Teresa is from Gran Canaria in Spain where she trained at the Centro Coreográfico de Danza Trini Borrull, before heading to the Royal Ballet Upper School. She previously worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet on Cinderella. Learn more about Teresa Where were you born and raised? Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Martha Leebolt shared with us her thought on winning her recent award at last month’s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.

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