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Alice is from Hull in East Yorkshire and joined Northern Ballet in 2014. She trained at Skelton Hooper School of Dance in Hull, English National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. Learn more about Alice Where were you born and raised? Hull, East Yorkshire. At what age did you start dancing? 5 years old.
Kiara is from Kingston, Ontario in Canada and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Graduate Professional Programme. She joined Northern Ballet in 2014. Learn more about Kiara Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario in Canada. At what age did you start dancing? I must have been about 3 years old.
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 McCaig
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.
Martha Leebolt and Giuliano Contadini in Concertante.
The final week of the season is upon us but there's no resting on our laurels as we prepare to open our Mixed Programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in our Leeds city-centre home.
Northern Ballet will welcome 12 new dancers this summer and has also announced promotions for existing members of the Company.
Matthew Koon
Matthew is from Manchester. He trained as an Associate of the Academy of Northern Ballet before taking up full-time vocational training with English National Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2013. Learn more about Matthew Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Manchester. At what age did you start dancing? I started dancing at the age of two.
Mlindi Kulashe
Mlindi was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa where he trained at the Cape Town City Ballet and Cape Junior Ballet School. He went completed his training at English National Ballet School. He has performed with Cape Town City Ballet and was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Genée International Ballet Competition. He Joined Northern Ballet in 2013.
Lucia Solari
Lucia was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and grew up in Italy and Germany. She trained with Mme Alla Osipenko in Italy and at the Brenda Hamlyn Ballet School in Florence where she graduated in the Enrico Cecchetti method. In 1998 she won the Premio Danza & Danza (Porselli Award) for the best young Italian dancer and later won a scholarship for the School of the Hamburg Ballet which she attended from1999 to 2001. In 2000 she was awarded a scholarship from the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation.

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