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Andrew Tomlinson



Andrew was born in Leeds and grew up in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. He trained on the Centre for Advanced Training Programme at the Academy of Northern Ballet and completed his training at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto. After performing with The National Ballet of Canada for three years, he joined Northern Ballet in 2017.

Mlindi Kulashe and Andrew Tomlinson face each other as they reach high with one arm whole holding their left leg aloft with the other

Learn more about Andrew

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Leeds and raised in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started dancing at age 5.

Where did you train?

I trained at the Academy of Northern Ballet on the Centre for Advanced Training Programme and at Canada's National Ballet School.

Previous companies

The National Ballet of Canada.

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

It would have to be Peter Pan in David Nixon's Peter Pan which was the first Northern Ballet production I experienced. Dancing Romeo is also a dream.

Career/training highlights

Touring with Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and A Winter's Tale to the Lincoln Centre, New York in 2014 and 2016, and working with John Neumeier on Nijinsky was truly inspiring.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Definitely the rush and excitement of performing on stage!

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

My all time favourite story, The Wizard of Oz. It's so magical!

What is your favourite book?

The crime thriller books by Linwood Barclay.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

I have such a sweet tooth so I'll usually have loads of berries, granola and yogurt.

How do you like to relax?

Prosecco and a cheese board with friends and family never disappoints. Also my muscles enjoy a hot bath.

If you weren't a dancer what would you be?

An actor or pilates instructor. I would still in essence be performing and using my body.

Production photos taken by Emma Kauldhar. Header photo taken by Emily Nuttall.