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Dreda Blow

Leading Soloist
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.

Where did you train?

The National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, Netherlands.

Previous companies

Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam.


I co-choreographed CBeebies Ugly Duckling which won Best Pre-School Live Action at the 2013 Children’s BAFTA Awards.

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

Ophelia (Hamlet), Mina (Dracula), Daisy (The Great Gatsby), Beatrice (Ondine) and Cinderella (Cinderella).

Career highlights

Dancing Daisy in The Great Gatsby for a full house at Sadler’s Wells, co-creating my very first ballet, Ugly Duckling, and all the international tours we’ve done.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

I love being on stage, feeling the warmth of the lights, the energy emanating from the orchestra, sensing the reaction from the audience and feeling utterly absorbed in what I’m doing. It’s totally addictive!

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

Far from the Madding Crowd or the Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

What is your favourite book?

Atonement by Ian McEwan.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Scrambled eggs and salad, a cup of tea and a big chunk of Cadbury’s chocolate.

How do you like to relax?

Watching classic films, listening to soul or jazz, walking in the countryside and cooking up a feast.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

Oh that’s tough! A film director or something to do with theatre, a writer or maybe a chef!?

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