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Poor Yorick, We'll Have Some Fun With Him

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Sometimes odd things happen in the day-to-day life of a ballet company, and some of it you just couldn't make up... Read on for Aled's tale from the dark side; not for the faint of heart...

“Could I speak to Robert Cordingley, please,” asked the cut, educated voice.

“Can I ask who’s … who’s calling, please?” the mechanism of my Receptionist’s response jarred slightly. We don’t get many calls for the Caretaker’s office.

“It’s Sarah,” she said, “from the British Museum,” then, to clarify, “regarding the disposal of human remains.”

Northern Ballet generates over £500,000 in financial support

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In the past month Northern Ballet has generated over £500,000 of financial support from private donors, companies, trusts and foundations: an encouraging and impressive start to a campaign that sees the Company fundraising to fill a substantial gap in its government funding.

Tutus, tambourines and action!

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Our new Academy Pastoral Assistant, Emma Rodriguez-Saona, has her first experience of Academy end of year performances:

What a way to start my time at Northern Ballet. With the Academy’s calendar full to the brim, I was instantly immersed. 

I’ve found my first few weeks to be a hubbub of activity, hard work and enjoyment (my first challenge was learning lots of names!). Highlights that just cannot go unmentioned include the fantastic end of year Academy shows.

Human Variations - The Choreographic Showcase

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If you weren’t there, you should have been. The Choreographic Showcase was a mesmeric delight.  Dancers from Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre came together to choreograph eleven pieces of brand spanking new dance. The fledgling choreographers were each given the same mission statement – simply, create a piece of dance. Dance. No sets, no costumes and precious few props. The focus was pulled firmly on movement and each piece having a discrete kinetic language of its own.

Phil Cool and Richard Digance come to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

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Phill CoolLegends of mirth, Phil Cool and Richard Digance, are coming to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre. I, like many who’ve bumbled through a university in the last ten years, first came across Digance on Countdown. I was always impressed and alarmed by his capacity to turn almost anything into a chipper limerick.

Wheelchair Dance Project 2011

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In March and May, the Learning team held taster sessions for the Wheelchair Dance project, offering young people in Leeds who are wheelchair users, the chance to try some dance.

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Choreographic Workshop - Preview Photos

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On 17 & 18 June The Stanley & Audrey Burton Studio Theatre at Northern Ballet will play host to a very special showcase, one where Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre dancers have turned choreographer to create brand new and exciting work.

Kenneth Tindall, Ben Mitchell, Victoria Sibson and Tobias Batley relaxing after a hard day's rehearsal.

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Gifted & Talented Primary School Project

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16 June will see 30 talented young dancers from six primary schools across Leeds will have their first experience at dancing in one of Northern Ballet’s first-class studios when they come together for a day of dance designed to challenge and expand their dance abilities.

Quarry Hill Festival

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The clouds are gathering, the temperature’s dropping and rain is on the way – that’s right, it’s festival time! But before you pack up your tent and pull on your wellies, you should check out what’s happening right here at Northern Ballet’s new home on Quarry Hill on 2 July: for good, clean, mostly dry and not to mention FREE fun for all your family and friends, you won’t beat the Quarry Hill Festival.

Dance in the City Summer School - August 2011

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Join Northern Ballet this summer for a week of exciting dance and look at the city of Leeds from a whole new angle.

Our Dance in the City summer school takes place from 22–26 August and offers a new perspective on Leeds through creative dance sessions which will have you dancing in the streets.

Based in the heart of the city at Northern Ballet on Quarry Hill our state-of-the art dance studios provide an inspirational setting for all aspiring dancers.

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