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Friday 9 November, 9.30am - 6pm

At Northern Ballet & Yorkshire Dance

Dance UK's Launch in Leeds 2012 is a professional development and networking day for dance students and recent graduates and aims to help you find out how to make a living and have a long career in dance.

Last week it was announced that our very own Graham Kotowich has been awarded the Indspire Métis Youth Award for his work in dance & career achievement and as an outstanding indigenous Canadian role model.

The Indspire Awards, formerly know as the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, are to celebrate the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada. 

One of our Academy pianists, Lee Shiel, will be taking part in the Helloween on the Humber reloaded challenge on Saturday 27th October in support of Northern Ballet’s Sponsor a Dancer campaign.

On Sunday 21st October Angela Rippon will be chairing a Gala Event, "Celebration - In a Class of their Own" in the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House.

The celebration is in aid of the Dance Teachers' Benevolent Fund with a donation also being made to the Wayne Sleep Foundation for Young Performers.

The £200 tickets include a champagne reception with canapés before the performance and during the interval.

This summer we welcomed 10 new dancers to the Company and saw a host of promotions.

Below are the headshots of all our dancers this season (all taken by Simon Lawson except Hironao Takahashi's taken by Justin Slee) with links to their biographies.

Joseph Poulton and Dale Rhodes were 2 of the original students we took onto our Professional training programme (CAT) in its pilot year in 2004. They both graduated from the Academy 2008.

Dale & Joseph

This week they have been back in to visit us all and I managed to have a quick chat with them about their training and their time at Northern Ballet Academy.

We would like to congratulate our fellow Yorkshire men and women on their fantastic success so far at the Olympics! Yorkshire really is the place to be for sport and culture!

We were thrilled to see Team GB Hammer Thrower Sophie Hitchon, who’s reached the Olympic final, trained as a ballet dancer and credits dancing as her secret weapon!

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.

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.

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