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Joshua Barwick, photo Justin Slee
Joshua is from Leeds where he trained as a Northern Ballet Academy Associate. He went on to train at Elmhurst School for Dance. Joshua joined Northern Ballet in 2010. Joshua left in 2013 and is now dancing with New English Ballet Theatre.
Michaela Griffin, photo Justin Slee
Michaela left the Company in 2011. Born: Durban, South Africa. Trained: Martin Schönberg; Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Previous Companies: Cape Town City Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre. Favourite Roles: Flower Festival in Genzano, Flames of Paris. Career Highlights: Blue Bird Pas de deux, Northern Ballet Personal: Loves the sun and swimming in the sea. There is no better feeling than being sunburnt!
Anna left the Company in 2011 and in 2013 joined Les Ballet des Monte Carlo. Born: Cheshire, England. Trained: Northern Ballet Theatre Associates; Central School of Ballet. Favourite Roles: Ascent created by Mikaela Polley for Ballet Central; swans in David Nixon’s Swan Lake. Career Highlights: Performing Swan Lake and La Bayadère with the Company whilst in third year at Central; dancing in the semi-finals at Prix de Lausanne in 2009.
Benjamin Mitchell. Photo Simon Lawson.
Benjamin was born in Germany and trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance. He joined Northern Ballet in 2007 and in 2013 he moved on to the Deborah Colker Dance Company in Brazil. Benjamin returned to perform with Northern Ballet as a Guest Artist in spring 2014 and from autumn 2014 joined Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Graham Kotowitch, photo Justin Slee
Graham is from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He joined Northern Ballet in 2008 having trained at the Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Regina, the Royal Ballet School in London and the National Ballet School of Canada. In 2013 Graham joined Matthew Bourne's New Adventures to tour with their version of Swan Lake.
Rym joined the Company in 2008 and left in 2011. Born: London, England. Trained: Central School of Ballet. Favourite Roles: ‘Fireside’ pas de deux from Christopher Gable’s Cinderella. Career Highlights: Joining Northern Ballet; performing at the Linbury Theatre. Personal: She has a passion for reading of all kinds as well as creative writing. Also enjoys world cinema.
Isabella Gasparini, photo Justin Slee.
Isabella left the Company in May 2013 and since January 2014 has been dancing with the Royal Ballet. Isabella is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She joined Northern Ballet in 2007 having trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet Marcia Lago and Toshie Kobayashi Brazil.
Yoshihisa joined the Company in 2008 and left in 2011. He is now (as of 2012) dancing with the celebrated The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Born: Yamaguchi, Japan. Trained: International Ballet Academy; The Royal Ballet School, Upper School. Favourite Roles: Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Sleeping Beauty; The Rite of Spring; Jewels; Edgar, Wuthering Heights; Cats in Romeo & Juliet.
Yi joined the Company in 2005 and retired in March 2012. Born: Qing Dao, China. Trained: Beijing Dance Institute, China. Previous Companies: Singapore Dance Theatre.
Sebastian Loe
Sebastian was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2004 and retired from the Company after the run of The Nutcracker in early 2016.


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