Nathalie Leger

Classical Ballet Teacher

Nathalie, French nationality, trained at the  “Academie de la danse Classique “ under the tutelage of Russian ballet teacher Marika  Besobrasova , achieving four years diploma of  professional training.

At age 17, starting in the Corps de ballet, she joined the Basler Ballet under the direction of choreographer Heinz Spoerli. In 1990 Nathalie became semi-soloist then soloist and created the role as Clara, as well as the ballet Miniaturen.

In 1991 she joined Deustche Oper Am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Germany, as a soloist.

In 1997 she joined Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo where she danced an extensive repertoire from George Balanchine to Michel Fokine.

In 2004, she joined Northern Ballet under the direction of David Nixon. Dancing roles from Odette Swan Lake, Tourvel Dangerous Liaisons, Queen Ann Three Musketeers, Lady Capulet Romeo & Juliet, before having her last lead role of Gertrude, Hamlet ,created  especially for her.

Throughout her career Nathalie has worked with renowned choreographers such as Hans Van Mannen, William Forsythe, Maurice Béjart, Paul Taylor, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Gillian Lynne, Jiri Kylian, to name only a few.

In June 2010, Nathalie retired from Northern Ballet and trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, gaining the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction.

In 2010/11 she became a resident ballet teacher with the Academy of Northern Ballet in Leeds.

Since 2011 to present, she is a resident ballet teacher with SLP Vocational Performing Arts College, Garforth.

In 2014 to present, she became part of the staff with Kate Simmons vocational Dance School, as well as a regular guest in Italy with Dance Studio Company, in Faenza.

In January 2015 to present, Nathalie also joined Northern School of Contemporary Dance as a lecturer in technique and performance. She is regularly invited to be part of the teaching staff on different Summer Schools around the country and a regular Guest Teacher with the Matthew Bourne touring company. Nathalie won the Molly Lake Award 2014/2015, and in July 2015 was part of the teaching staff and jury panel for the International Rieti Dance Competition in Italy.

Finally, Nathalie also returned to the Academy of Northern Ballet in January 2017, teaching Ballet technique, coaching, repertoire on Professional Graduate Course.

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