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Getting to know dance

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We are exploring new ways of engaging people with learning more about ballet through online applications. We have been working with Bedford Interactive through funding from the Arts Council England to develop software and content that can be used to develop dance appreciation skills and we would like feedback on using it. We'd like you to try out the app and tell us what you think.

Company Life by Kiara Flavin

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This time last year, Kiara Flavin was approaching the end of her first full term on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Graduate Professional Programme which aims to bridge the gap between full-time ballet training and professional performance. Now, after earning and accepting a contract with Northern Ballet, Kiara shares her first experiences of life as a professional ballet dancer...

Arts Council England's Creative Case for Diversity

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Last week Arts Council England outlined its Creative Case for Diversity.

In his launch speech the Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette (Baz), placed responsibility on every funded organisation to make their programme of work more reflective of the communities they serve.

Golden gallery

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On Sunday 14 December the performance of Peter Pan will be very special and tinged with sadness. It will be the farewell performance of a dancer who has performed with Northern Ballet for over twenty-one years, Mr Darren Goldsmith.

He is a brilliant dancer, a fantastic actor and a wonderful stage presence. Here I present just a few images from his career with Northern Ballet...

Fun for all the Family

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Join Northern Ballet for an exciting day of creative movement, crafts and face painting

Celebrities go to the ball

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Stars of stage and screen turned out in style to walk the red carpet on Tuesday night for the opening night of Cinderella at the Manchester Palace Theatre.

Sue Johnston, who has most recently been seen making trouble as Miss Denker in series five of Downton Abbey, spoke to us in the interval and said, ‘The choreography is stunning…it was just blissful’.

Sue Johnston. Photo Piers Allardyce.

Supporters receive Royal Medal

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This week I attended the ceremony at St. James’s Palace where I am delighted that Liz and Terry Bramall were awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy. This award, which has been presented annually since 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales, celebrates individuals who support the arts in its widest forms. This year, the awards recognise the exceptional support of those philanthropists for the Arts.

Children's Arts Award

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I was lucky enough to attend the Action for Children’s Arts (ACA) Awards 2014 yesterday with Northern Ballet’s Director of Learning Selina McGonagle, to accept the Outstanding Contribution Award to Children’s Arts on behalf of Northern Ballet. The ceremony was held in the fantastic BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London and we felt really honoured to be part of what was a really special afternoon.

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