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Yet what an aura surrounds you;
Your evil little aura, prowling, and casting a numbness on my mind.

That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic:
Invisibility, and the anæsthetic power
To deaden my attention in your direction.

But I know your game now, streaky sorcerer.

From DH Lawrence, The Mosquito

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.

Our Cleopatra cast. Photo Ryan Hopkinson.

We have all caught the Zumba bug here at Northern Ballet, if you haven’t tried this fun filled work out with catchy tunes and a Latin twist, come and join us, it’s not to be missed!

This is the latest and one of the most popular dance craze’s of the moment with the newest celebrity recruit said to be football star Wayne Rooney who is supposed to be enjoying his Zumba classes up to three times a week!

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.

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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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Northern Ballet Academy are starting a number of new classes for adults in September. We will be continuing to run our ever popular adult ballet classes for all levels but will also be introducing Pilates and a brand new concept ‘Ballet Fusion’.

Ballet Fusion will be a fitness class based around ballet technique and basic principles of proper posture and core stability whilst getting your heart pumping. It has been designed to improve the students flexibility and over all fitness in a friendly atmosphere.

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Hamlet opened on Friday 9 September at West Yorkshire Playhouse and here are a few of the mentions & comments we've received so far from Twitter & Facebook...

Update 22 September

@northernballet I saw your production of Hamlet last week, you have changed my perception of ballet forever. AMAZING!

Charlotte Payne, @CharliPayne

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Welcome back to Northern Ballet Academy – round-up of what’s coming and up and the summer months.

We hope you are all well rested and had a good summer.  A warm welcome back to the Academy.  We have lots of exciting and challenging things in the pipeline for this year. 

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On Thursday, 1 September, Geoffrey Allan and Benjamin Frith will perform a piano and violin duet at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre. In his latest blog Geoff tells us more about the music...

Chris Moyles - photo Daniel Heaf

The Chris Moyles Show on Radio One was broadcast last Friday from Chris’s hometown of Leeds so all of us nice people at Northern Ballet delivered them a hearty welcome with freshly made goodies from our Northern Ballet Café Bar.

Chris and the team breakfasted on freshly made scones, Victoria sponge cake, bacon and sausage butties, poached egg and ham sandwiches. It was a veritable crate of goodies!

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