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World Book Day 2012

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Today (a March 2012) is World Book Day and we all love a good book here at Northern Ballet towers...

A year ago The Grauniad published an infographic of 117 Books Everyone Should Read – bringing together the UK’s most borrowed library books, Desert Island Discs book choices, Pulitzer Prize winners and more.

We passed this infographic around the Northern Ballet ofices and asked people to tell us which they had read and here are the results...

Minis Moving in the New Year

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Before Christmas we held a party for our Mini Movers and Moving Minis (classes for children aged 18months - 4years old).

We had loads of fun singing Christmas songs and playing in the bubble machine and then finished the morning off with mince pies and orange juice. Lani and Sharon (both aged 3) had a great time filming these short clips to tell you how they got on!

We have seen a huge improvement in our Minis this term - lots more confidence and rhythm! We can’t wait to see everyone again for the start of the spring term in January.

Our award-winning home

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We're celebrating after receiving another award for our new home with Phoenix Dance Theatre on Friday night. Our architects Jacobs were joint winners of the SCALA (Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities) Civic Building of the Year Award 2011 with Stanton Williams for Wiltshire Council Offices.

Overworlds & Underworlds: getting ready for 2012

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Last Thursday the dark early evening rain and wind intensified the atmosphere of suspense and expectation around the Leeds Town Hall Crypt, as the first set of people came along to find out more about OverWorlds & UnderWorlds, the first major public-arts project by Leeds Canvas, planned for next year.

Group bookers delighted at Beauty & the Beast launch event

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On 20 October group bookers from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were invited to a very special evening at Northern Ballet. The atrium of our new home was buzzing as over 130 guests gathered – champagne flowed as anticipation rose.


Northern Ballet launches Sponsor a Dancer in style

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Our Sponsor a Dancer campaign was launched in style last night (Wednesday 19 October) at a fabulous evening at Mint hotel in Leeds.


A Prince of England meets the Queen of the Nile

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Earlier this year Northern Ballet's Royal Patron, Prince Edward, or to give him his full title, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, attended a performance of Cleopatra with his wife The Countess of Wessex at Sadler's Wells.

The Dance Science Project

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Over the past 3 years Northern Ballet Academy has been taking part in a Dance Science Research Project which has been looking at the development of dance talent in young people.

Along with the other seven Centres for Advanced Training in Dance across the country our professional division students were monitored and interviewed over a three year period.


Hamlet Cast Sheets - West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Here are the provisional cast sheets for Hamlet at the West Yorkshire Playhouse running until Saturday, 17 September. (Updated.)

Please note all casts are subject to change without notice.



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