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'What makes us unique? The way everyone works together is really special. It's the repertoire that puts us in a different field. We try to make ballet for everyone; we try to make dance for now, for tomorrow. For everyone that hasn't seen it we try to make it accessible in every way that we can.'

Kenneth Tindall, Premier Dancer

Northern Ballet is a place where young stars of the future can reach their potential, where dancers at the start of their careers are nurtured and where established artists can reach greater heights. By sponsoring a dancer you can help our dancers at all levels reach their potential and our young stars of the future achieve their dreams.

Abigail

Abi is aged 13 and a student with Northern Ballet Academy. She dreams of becoming a dancer and believes that here, with Northern Ballet, her dreams are in reach.

Tobias Batley joined Northern Ballet in 2004 and is now a Premier Dancer and has created such roles as Mark Anthony in Cleopatra and Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby.

In January 2011, Premier Dancer Martha Leebolt won the Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) award at the National Dance Awards. Her skills and talent have been nurtured and developed at Northern Ballet and David Nixon OBE created the role of Cleopatra on her.

Northern Ballet is an inventive, challenging and inspiring company. We are a British success story. We nurture new talent, create new stories, engage and delight our audiences and bring ballet to more and more people. But we need all of our dancers to be able to do it.

What it means to me...

Our dancers tell us what it would mean to them if you sponsored them...

Tobias Batley
Tobias Batley

I am extremely touched that you have chosen to sponsor me. It is a great feeling to know that someone is supporting me and being sponsored gives me more confidence in what I do.  It’s great to know that someone like you has faith in what I do.

Martha Leebolt
Martha Leebolt

Whether I am rehearsing or on stage it is wonderful and touching to know I have your sponsorship. With your support new opportunities are able to be given to us, thank you so much.   

Pippa Moore
Pippa Moore

Your sponsorship means to me that someone amazing is on the side-lines cheering me on, sharing the same dream, understanding my vision and supporting me along the way.

Hironao Takahashi
Hironao Takahashi

Your support through the Sponsor a Dancer campaign has given me more confidence and brightened up 20 years of my dancing career. 

Kenneth Tindall
Kenneth Tindall

Knowing that someone wanted to sponsor me fills me with confidence and joy. It will help me to continue to fulfill my ambitions and potential.

Javier Torres
Javier Torres

Your choice to sponsor me makes me feel supported and helps me to continue my career here at Northern Ballet

Darren Goldsmith
Darren Goldsmith

By supporting me through the Sponsor a Dancer campaign I have the chance to connect with supporters of the Company like you on a more personal level and know that you believe in me and the Company as much as I do.

Hannah Bateman
Hannah Bateman

Being supported through the Sponsor a Dancer campaign is such an emotional boost, for someone to show that level of confidence in me as an artist feels totally overwhelming.

Dreda Blow
Dreda Blow

I am continuously proud of our Northern Ballet team for the innovative, inspired and high quality performances that we bring to people all over the UK. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of people like you I can remain a part of that team and continue doing what I love.

Ashley Dixon
Ashley Dixon

Having worked for Northern Ballet for 8 years now I have witnessed some of the best performers in the UK, if not the world and I’m proud to be a part of this. Being sponsored means becoming part of this fantastic growth, both as a company and myself as a dancer, and is a perfect opportunity for you to join a striding company before its peak.

Lucia Solari
Lucia Solari

Generosity is for me the greatest quality in an Artist and in a human being.  Knowing that there is passionate and generous people supporting the Arts, makes me feel like I’ve come to the right place.  To be sponsored and know that the Company could benefit from it would be really wonderful.

Antoinette Brooks-Daw
Antoinette Brooks-Daw

I am extremely touched that you have chosen to sponsor me. It is a great feeling to know that someone is supporting me, being sponsored gives me confidence in what I do. Knowing that I have your support behind me gives me even more motivation to better my dancing and believe in myself, thank you so much!

Giuliano Contadini
Giuliano Contadini

Having someone invest in me would be a great honour.  It would help me develop my career and grow as an interpretive artist.

Victoria Sibson
Victoria Sibson

If I were sponsored it would be an amazing thing – I’ve always performed to my highest ability but having a sponsor behind me would raise a new element in my performance.  I would go that extra mile to not only make myself proud, but their involvement in the performance through me, something to be proud of.

Rachael Gillespie
Rachael Gillespie

It represents faith in my artistic, career development and confidence in my delivery and place in one of the world’s greatest art forms.  I know I still have far more to give.

Sebastian Loe
Sebastian Loe

To be a sponsored dancer means the world to me. It grants me the support I need to allow myself to advance and progress as an artist.

Jessica Morgan
Jessica Morgan

Dance is my passion, which grows when I am able to share it. Knowing I have someone supporting me and sharing my experiences through Sponsor a Dancer makes the hard work even more worthwhile.

Kevin Poeung
Kevin Poeung

It means the world to me to be sponsored. Northern Ballet has become my home and it is an honour to know that people want to invest in all my hard work. It makes me very proud to know that I’m being sponsored as an artist and a dedicated member of a wonderful company. 

Sean Bates
Sean Bates

It means the world to me to be sponsored. Northern Ballet has become my home and it is an honour to know that people want to invest in all my hard work. It makes me very proud to know that I’m being sponsored as an artist and a dedicated member of a wonderful company. 

Matthew Broadbent
Matthew Broadbent

Thank you for choosing me to sponsor. I find it so inspiring that you have chosen to support me and it is brilliant to know that I have great support behind me at the beginning of my career. I hope to do all I can to warrant your support.

Jeremy Curnier
Jeremy Curnier

By choosing to support me through the Sponsor a Dancer campaign it allows me to continue the career I have worked towards since the age of eleven and to carry on involving myself in all the roles given to me so I can bring joy to those who watch me.

Nicola Gervasi
Nicola Gervasi

Your support through the Sponsor a Dancer campaign gives me the chance to stay in the Company, keep growing as a dancer and to keep doing a job I love at a high standard.

Olivia Holland
Olivia Holland

Since being a new dancer and only joining Northern Ballet in August 2012, your sponsorship especially means a lot to me. I have found a place where I could really see myself develop as a dancer, and the chance to stay here longer gives me so much excitement.

Matthew Koon
Matthew Koon

It would be amazing to be sponsored because that would mean that somebody out there loves what I do and is supporting and watching me with interest.  It would be great to be able to dance for them.

Mlindi Kulashe
Mlindi Kulashe

To me, it would mean that someone is appreciating my efforts and dedication . It would be inspiring to have a sponsor and I would keep working hard not only to improve as an artist but to show gratitude for the support

Isaac Lee-Baker
Isaac Lee-Baker

It means so much to me to be sponsored. It’s such an honour to have people believe in me and support what we do day-in and day-out. Similarly to an audience’s reaction or applause, it offers a wonderful sense of achievement.

Abigail Prudames
Abigail Prudames

I am extremely touched that you have chosen to sponsor me. It is a great feeling to know that someone is supporting me and being sponsored gives me more confidence in what I do.  It’s great to know that someone like you has faith in what I do.

Luisa Rocco
Luisa Rocco

I’m from Brazil and it would be amazing to me to know that I have someone in the audience here that appreciates and supports my work.  Thank you

Mariana Rodrigues
Mariana Rodrigues

Being sponsored enables me to continue to evolve as an artist in this company that I love. As dancers we work extremely hard to create something meaningful to an audience. Having someone recognizes that and supporting it means the world to me.

Teresa Saavedra-Bordes
Teresa Saavedra-Bordes

It means a lot and I am very grateful to be sponsored for this campaign.  I feel even more exited to keep performing, to continue my dream every day, knowing that somebody is giving me amazing support.

Joseph Taylor
Joseph Taylor

Being sponsored at the beginning of my career means a great deal to me as it means that someone has shown an interest in me as a professional dancer and the future of Northern Ballet, so thank you

Matthew Topliss
Matthew Topliss

Thank you for choosing to sponsor me. The confidence you have given mewill help me to continue to fulfill my ambitions and potential.

Isadora Valero Meza
Isadora Valero Meza

For me to be sponsored would be as rewarding as the applause is for a dancer.  It is a support for our work, to arts and culture.  Thank you very much, Gracias