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I Got Rhythm

read Mark Skipper's blog about the Pop-up performances in Hangzhou
At the end of the 2012 Spring tour Northern Ballet brought back David Nixon's I Got Rhythm, a celebration of Gershwin in Song and Dance. This video features excerpts from the title song performed by Northern Ballet dancers Ben Mitchell and Kevin Poeung. A wonderful, exuberent and uplifting piece the dances bring to life the simple joys anyone can find through dance.
Production photographs for I Got Rhythm taken by Emma Kauldhar at Leeds Grand Theatre, May 2012.
A peek into the rehearsal studios as Northern Ballet dancers were rehearsing one of the numbers from I Got Rhythm, Cuban Overture. Featuring an interview with dancers Martin Bell & Christie Duncan this video peeks behind the curtain of the rehearsal studios - of the hard work and humour.
Robert was born in Jamaica and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Whilst a student his prizes and awards included the Tom Hammond Opera Prize, the Vice Principal’s Award for Excellence, the Kiwanis International Music Festival Silver Tray, the ABRSM International Scholarship, the Oratorio Prize and the Major Van Someren-Godfery Prize for English Song.
Simone Sauphanor is of Trinidadian and French parentage and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded a number of prizes and scholarships. Simone was a winner of the Ernst and Young award for Singers at the Royal Overseas League Competition and as part of her prize, sang in concert at St. James Palace for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the Heads of State of the Commonwealth.
Alastair graduated from Bretton Hall in 2004 with a degree in Performance Design and Production, having specialised in lighting design.
I Got Rhythm – the genius of Gershwin® in song and dance
John Longstaff
John was born in Lancashire and educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous companies including: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Northern Ballet (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director), Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor), Young Opera Venture (musical director) and St. Peter’s Church, Harrogate (Director of Music). 


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