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December eNewsletter

This is an enewsletter from December 2011 kept here for archive purposes.

Northern Ballet December Newsletter
"It's the most wonderful time of the year"
The countdown to Christmas has started. The dancers are home from a long national tour and rehearsals for Beauty & the Beast are in full swing. It has its world première at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday 17 December and runs until 31 December. We met up with Duncan Hayler to get an insight into his exciting set designs.
"Making spirits bright" Jingle Bells
Join our Family Day on 22 December. The day includes a dance workshop and lunch at Northern Ballet before the 2pm matinee at Leeds Grand Theatre. Dressing up at this performance is encouraged and there are prizes for the best costume.
Grown-ups can get an exclusive rate on a fairytale spa day for two courtesy of Titanic Spa, the UK's first eco spa located on the edge of the Pennines in West Yorkshire. We also have a premium ticket package in association with Argentinean Steak House Gaucho.
2012 Calendar
"All I want for Christmas is..."
For 2012 we have created a truly special calendar featuring breathtaking photographs of our dancers by Jason Tozer. Pre-order your copy now for £10 or £15 for a special version signed by featured dancers plus £1 P&P. All proceeds from the calendar will go towards Sponsor a Dancer.
Planet Dance has just opened a fantastic new shop at Northern Ballet, stocking all major dancewear brands and a range of Northern Ballet merchandise. Shop in person or online.
Ayana Kanda as Madame Butterfly photo Jason Tozer
"still through the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurled" It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
On 1 February Northern Ballet and Opera North will present an exclusive insight into their critically acclaimed productions of Madame Butterfly. Butterfly (from the) Wings will explore the contrast between the opera and the ballet from David Nixon OBE and Opera North's Music Director, Richard Farnes before a performance of short excerpts from their individual adaptations. Tickets are £20 (£15 for Friends and Patrons) and include a pre-performance drinks reception.
Northern Ballet Ensemble
"Little tin horns, Little toy drums. Rudy-toot-toot and rummy tum tums."
This month at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Northern Ballet Sinfonia's Brass Quintet will treat you to an intimate recital with some festive tunes to get you in the mood on Thursday 8. And on Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 Flex Dance Inc's Christmas Spectacular will showcase their students' latest work.
From The Nutcracker. Photo Bill Cooper
"Have yourself a merry little Christmas"
2011 has been a extraordinary year for Northern Ballet – two brand new productions in Cleopatra and Beauty & the Beast, three awards for our new building and international recognition for our wonderful dancers. And the New Year is full of promise too.
Everyone at Northern Ballet would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!
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Martha Leebolt - photo Justin Slee
"O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright" We Three Kings
It's been a busy year for Premier Dancer Martha Leebolt but we managed to catch up with her for this month's 60-second interview ahead of her debut as Beauty next week.
Beauty & the Beast
Leeds Grand Theatre
World Première
Sat 17 – Sat 31 Dec
0844 848 2700
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Thu 15 – Sat 17 Mar
0131 529 6000
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Tue 20 – Sat 24 Mar
0114 249 6000
Hull New Theatre
Tue 27 – Sat 31 Mar
01482 300300
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 17 – Sat 21 Apr
0844 871 7652
Cardiff New Theatre
Tue 24 – Sat 28 Apr
029 2087 8889
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
Tue 6 – Sat 10 Nov
01227 787787
Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Thu 9 – Sat 18 Feb
0113 220 8008
Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 29 Feb – Sat 10 Mar
0844 848 2700
Something else you might like
Journey to the North Pole at Eureka!
Santa lives far, far away in the North Pole – so far, that only a few people ever get to go there. Luckily, the Eureka! Elves have discovered a magical route that will help excited children find their way to Santa's winter wonderland in only a few steps. Open weekends from 3 December, then daily from 19 to the 23 December. Entry to the grotto is £3 per child, with every child receiving a gift worth £3.
Dance Gazette
The sumptuous new issue of Dance Gazette, the magazine of the Royal Academy of Dance, is a celebration of fantasy in ballet. It asks why fantasy is central to classic ballet stories and how artists put it on stage. This issue includes interviews with star choreographers Alexei Ratmansky Akram Khan and Arlene Phillips, and enchanting original artwork. Get your copy at selected branches of WHSmith or online. You can also save 20% if you subscribe today.
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Northern Ballet photos by
Jason Tozer, Justin Slee, Bill Cooper