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For the past year I have looked forward to Thursday mornings. On a day to day basis Northern Ballet is a pretty special place to be and I do enjoy coming into work each day but Thursday mornings are extra special - it’s Mini’s Morning - and as I come through the doors I'm greeted by our youngest generation of Academy students.

This is the first week of the school holidays and so children and families are out in force at local parks and attractions, making it the perfect time to let people know about Ugly Duckling, our new ballet for children.

Global: 

kokino-marvo ltd, Leeds-based Decision Science and Data Agency spent a day at Northern Ballet last week taking part in a team-building dance workshop with Dance Education Officer Leanne Kirkham.

When I was first approached about giving Miss England a masterclass to help her back into dancing shape for the Miss World contest I was a little concerned! What if she couldn't dance at all? Had two left feet?

Viki Westall & Charlotte Holmes, Miss England

Charlotte Holmes, the current Miss England, came to visit Northern Ballet yesterday in preparation for the Miss World finals.

Saturday 7 July saw the final day of term for all Academy students - and what a day it was!

325 students took part in 3 different Academy performances showcasing students from Pre-Ballet all the way up to our oldest professional training programme students.

Although it may not seem like it with this weather, the summer is here and so our regular classes are drawing to a close for the summer holidays.

To mark the end of term and to celebrate a couple of significant birthdays (I obviously can’t give their ages away, but you wouldn’t believe me anyway as their youthful looks belie their years), our Dancing for the Over 55s class held a picnic lunch after their class this week.

Tweeting duties have been delegated to various members of the Communications team and more.

In time we'll people from all parts of Northern Ballet will take the reigns of our Twitter account, if there's anyone you'd like to see tweeting make your suggestions in the comments below or via Twitter!

On 14th and 15th July the boys will be taking over Northern Ballet!

Northern Ballet Academy Boys training. Photo Martin Bell.

Over this weekend the RAD in partnership with Northern Ballet Academy will be running their second BOYS ONLY! weekend.

This is a chance for young men aged 8-18 to take part in energetic and fast paced dance workshops away from all the girls.

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