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Northern Ballet's founder (originally Northern Dance Theatre) and first Artistic Director, Laverne Meyer, in Company class at our first home at the Zion Institute, Stretford Road, Manchester.
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What happens to our beautiful sets when they are not on tour I hear you ask, well Northern Ballet have a dedicated workshop and storage building known as Bramley, in West Leeds, where all our sets live. Andy Waddington, our Techincal Director, kindly let me sneak my camera in to have a look at our Cinderella set up close.
Parts of the Cinderella set
Northern Ballet are one of a very few number of dance companies in England to regularly offer audio described performances of their productions for the visually impaired. Audio description of live performances, like the audio description service on television, describes the action using descriptive rather than technical language, for those who cannot see it.
Depending on the repertoire for the season, Northern Ballet use approximately 2,200 pairs of pointe shoes each year. Using the average size pointe shoe, if you were to line them up, toe to heel, it would be well over half a mile!
We are often asked why our Short Ballets are scheduled as they are, especially about the times of performances.
There are two parts of the Short Ballets tour - from March to April where we take it to as many theatres as is possible and then from May when the short ballets joins the main tour.
If you’ve been following Channel 4’s Big Ballet last week you saw the dancers starting their training and auditioning for parts in Swan Lake. I tweeted at the time how fantastic the professional Northern Ballet dancers looked and they were almost matched by the splendour of the Northern Ballet studios (some scenes were also filmed at our neighbours Yorkshire Dance).
To get started, here is the first pointe fact you may not know
An interesting fact about the beginning of pointe