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Dance UK’s Launch in Leeds 2013

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On Wednesday 23 October 2013, Dance UK and partners Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds Metropolitan University Dance Department are hosting the annual professional development and networking day for dance students and recent graduates. This is taking place for the second time in Leeds.

A new term for open classes

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We're really looking to our classes starting back next term. Registration forms are coming in thick and fast - so much so that many of our classes are close to capacity and some are already full!

Academy boys leaping with joy. Photo Martin Bell.

Don't worry though, we still have spaces in the Minis' classes, Ballet 1 on Wednesday & Thursday, Ballet 3 on Tuesday & Thursday, Jazz classes plus many more!

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Planning a tour

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A question we are often asked is how do we choose the ballets which go on tour? Our Chief Executive, Mark Skipper DL, gives us an insight into the balancing act that is programming.

Advice for new parents

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It's the season for babies - not only do we have two members of staff expecting very soon but their Royal Highnesses William and Catherine have just given birth to a healthy baby boy.

We offer our heartfelt congratulations and to set them on their way we asked parents at Northern Ballet what advice they'd give...

Chun (Deputy Stage Manager and dad of a 4 year-old boy) says

It's the hardest work you'll ever have to face but it is all worth it.

Laraine (Communications Director and mum of two boys)

Feeling the burn

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Hot. Hot is how I would describe the Leeds 10k yesterday. Team NB had 17 runners from staff, Friends of the Company and our Academy's parent's association - all running to raise funds for Sponsor a Dancer.

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My Week at Northern Ballet

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17 year old student Danielle Nicholls has spent the last week on work experience at Northern Ballet. Here's what she's been getting up to...

Northern Ballet Dancer Kevin Poeung. Photo Jason Tozer

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Mark Skipper DL on the Spending Review

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Our Chief Executive Mark Skipper DL responds to today's spending review...

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Rehearsals in full swing for Violin at the Movies

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Since I wrote my last blog, Gavin Sutherland and I have had two rehearsals for our concert The Violin at the Movies, one at his home near Oxford, the other yesterday at my home near Manchester.

Tuning up for Violin at the Movies

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One of the best things about The Violin at the Movies for me is that I’ll be working with my old friend Gavin Sutherland. Long term followers of Northern Ballet will remember that Gavin used to be Assistant Conductor here many years ago, before leaving to pursue a freelance career as conductor, pianist and arranger.

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The Great Gatsby selling out in London

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Northern Ballet's most successful ever spring season approaches its climax next week with the London Première of The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells.

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