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1984 Live rehearsals

Grand Opening Photo Blog

Published on Wednesday 19 January, 2011

Last night Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre celebrated the Grand Opening of our new home by Northern Ballet's Patron HRH the Earl of Wessex.

Guests were treated to a champagne reception, performances by both companies, Northern Ballet Academy and a group of young people from a Northern Ballet Learning course. They also had the opportunity to watch students training in each of our studios.

Here are a few pictures of the event and the spectacular fireworks which rounded off a very special evening.

Specially designed lighting in the atruim A red carpet welcome The atrium filling with guests
Watching Academy students training from the third floor viewing gallery Northern Ballet & Phoenix Dance Theatre banners in the atrium Trying the Canopés
Trying the physiotherapy facilities A quintet from the Northern Ballet Sinfonia performing in the atrium for the assembled guests HRH The Earl of Wessex arriving
Costume display Prince Edward talking with Mark Skipper, Northern Ballet Chief Executive Prince Edward
Ready for the speeches In the control room overseeing the performance Prince Edward unveiling the plaque
Prince Edward meeting the artists after the performance Many around Leeds City Centre watch the dazzling display Fireworks
Fireworks Fireworks An explosive end to the evening

Photography Neil G Jarman

People all over Leeds were able to see and hear the fireworks, the following videos were taken and uploaded by people who enjoyed the display.

Video courtesy of @deddiecain (Twitter)

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