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Leading Artists

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.
Michela Paolacci
Michela joined the Company in 2003. She was born in Rome and is half American and half Italian. She trained at Centro Danza La Sylphide, Rome; Royal Ballet School (Lower School); National Ballet Academy of Rome; Centro Studi Danza Laura Morandini and English National Ballet School.
Ashley Dixon
Ashley is from Hull and trained at Central School of Ballet. He joined Northern Ballet in 2004.
Javier Torres
From Cuba, Javier trained at the National School of Ballet, Havana, and has performed with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Javier performs internationally as a guest artist on a regular basis.
Kenneth Tindall
Kenneth returned to the Company in 2003. This season he's looking forward to continuing his choreographic career as well as dancing on tour. 
Hironao Takahashi
Hironao is from Hokkaido, Japan. He trained at the Hisatomi Ballet Studio; the Royal Ballet Upper School and Central School of Ballet, London. He has performed as a guest of Hisatomi Ballet Studio, Cape Town City Ballet, Lausanne Gala in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He started dancing with Northern Ballet in 1992.
Pippa Moore
Pippa trained at the Hammond School of Dance, Chester and the Royal Ballet School. Originally from Liverpool, she has danced with Scottish Ballet, Wiener Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet and joined Northern Ballet in 1996.
Martha Leebolt
Martha is from California and trained at the Black Mountain Dance Center and at BalletMet Columbus. She joined Northern Ballet in 2001. Martha won the 2010 National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) for her performance as the Marquise De Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons.
Darren Goldsmith
Darren is from Rochford. He trained at the Royal Ballet School. He has been performing with Northern Ballet since 1993. Darren also worked with choreographer Gillian Lynne to recreate the role of Lowry in her ballet A Simple Man for a Channel 4 documentary.
Tobias Batley
Tobias trained at the Hammond School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School. Before joining Northern Ballet in 2004 he danced with Cannes Jeune Ballet. Tobias was nominated for a National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) in 2010 and 2012.

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