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Academy of Northern Ballet

Academy of Northern Ballet student, Duncan Anderson, tells us all about his year on the Graduate Professional Programme... I arrived at Northern Ballet for my first week of the Graduate Professional Programme in August 2014.
Academy of Northern Ballet student Grace Whitaker, reviews our 45th Anniversary Sapphire Gala... On the 14 of March, students from the Centre for Advanced Training programme levels 3-6 watched Northern Ballet’s 45th anniversary Sapphire Gala at Leeds Grand Theatre. The dress code was black tie so, as expected, we wore our finest dresses and suits for the occasion. Once we had found our seats and taken countless selfies, the performance was ready to start.
Following two successful open days at its Leeds city-centre home, there is less than one week to go for Yorkshire’s future ballet stars to submit their applications to audition for the Academy of Northern Ballet. The only Centre for Advanced Training specialising in classical ballet in the UK, the Academy of Northern Ballet is directly affiliated with Northern Ballet’s professional company and provides world-class pre-professional training for the ballet dancers of the future.
The Academy of Northern Ballet is hosting open days on Sunday 1 and Sunday 15 February 2015 at its home in Leeds city-centre for young people interested in pursuing their passion for ballet with professional training. The free open days will run from 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday 1 February and 9.30am – 12.30pm on Sunday 15 February and include sessions for budding dancers aged 9-12 and 13-15, as well as dedicated boys only sessions.
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...
Northern Ballet has collaborated with The Alchemist to create a limited edition cocktail to mark the Company’s arrival at the Palace Theatre in Manchester with Cinderella. The Cinderella cocktail will be available exclusively at The Alchemist in Spinningfields between 18– 22 November 2014 and will be priced at £6.95.
Northern Ballet will bring the ultimate rags to riches fairytale to the Manchester Palace Theatre stage from 18 – 22 November 2014 with a magical new production of Cinderella by David Nixon OBE. It held its World Première at Leeds Grand Theatre in December 2013 and tours to Manchester for the penultimate stop of its first national tour.
It's back to work this week for our dancers who we welcome back from a four-week summer holiday.
We hosted an Accessible Dance sharing brought together groups of dancers with mobility issues and learning difficulties giving them a chance to perform on a professional stage for their friends, family and carers.
Martha Leebolt and Giuliano Contadini in Concertante.
The final week of the season is upon us but there's no resting on our laurels as we prepare to open our Mixed Programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in our Leeds city-centre home.


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