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Martha Leebolt shared with us her thought on winning her recent award at last month’s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.
Internationally acclaimed Cuban dancer Javier Torres has joined Leeds-based Northern Ballet as a Premier Dancer. Javier previously spent nine years dancing with Ballet National de Cuba. His debut performance with the Company will be as Anthony in David Nixon’s Swan Lake at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from 29 September – 2 October, before going on tour with the Company to Woking, Aylesbury, Nottingham, Norwich, Sheffield, Manchester and completing the Autumn/Winter 2010 tour in Leeds.
Nicola Gervasi
Nicola is from Todi in Italy where he trained before joining English National Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to Junior Soloist in 2015. Learn more about Nicola Previous companies Peter Schaufuss Balletten.
Jessica Morgan
Jessica is from Newcastle, Australia and joined Northern Ballet in 2007. She trained at the Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy and Elmhurst School for Dance. Learn more about Jessica Where were you born and raised? Newcastle, Australia. At what age did you start dancing? At age 3. Where did you train? Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy, Elmhurst School for Dance.
Ayami was born in Shiga, Japan and started ballet at the age of six at Jun Ballet Gakuen in Japan. She trained at Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco for three years. After graduating in 2009 Ayami joined Northern Ballet before moving on to perform with Ballet Ireland in 2011 and Singapore Dance Theatre from 2012. She rejoined Northern Ballet in 2014. Learn more about Ayami... Where were you born and raised? Shiga, Japan. At what age did you start dancing? At 6 years old.
Rachael Gillespie
Rachael is from Swindon and joined Northern Ballet in 2007. She trained with the Judith Hockaday School and Central School of Ballet. Her previous companies include Scottish Ballet and Ballet Central. Learn more about Rachael Where were you born and raised? Swindon, Wiltshire. At what age did you start dancing? 3 years of age.
Jeremy Curnier
Jeremy is from Surrey and joined Northern Ballet in 2009. He trained at the Patricia Ellis School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School (Lower and Upper Schools). Learn more about Jeremy... Where were you born and raised? Guildford, Surrey. At what age did you start dancing? At age 4. Where did you train? Patricia Ellis School of Dance and The Royal Ballet School.
Giuliano Contadini
Giuliano is from Rimini in Italy. He joined Northern Ballet in 2007. He previously danced for Ballet Ireland and English National Ballet. Learn more about Giuliano Previous companies Ballet Ireland and English National Ballet. Favourite roles Dancing in David Nixon’s Dangerous Liaisons and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet.
Antoinette Brooks-Daw
Antoinette is from Somerset and joined Northern Ballet in 2008. She trained at The Trull School of Dancing in Taunton and was a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School before joining the Royal Ballet School (Lower and Upper Schools). Learn more about Antoinette Where were you born and raised? I was born in Taunton. Somerset and then shortly after moved to Hong Kong for a couple of years before returning to the UK at the age of 3.
Dreda Blow
Dreda joined Northern Ballet in 2007. Born in Toronto, Canada she trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and later at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. Previous companies include: Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam. Learn more about Dreda Where were you born and raised? Toronto, Canada. At what age did you start dancing? At age 3.

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