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When Ability Met Anjali Dance Company

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Ability, Northern Ballet’s course for adults with learning disabilities, has had a great start to the new academic year. We have welcomed three new members to the group, and in September we worked with choreographer Tanya Richam-Odoi to create and perform a fantastic piece as part of Light Night Leeds.

Talking pointe with Kimberley Hattersley-Barton

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Kimberley Hattersley-Barton attends our Academy Open Classes and is a Patron of Northern Ballet. Here she gives her insight into preparing the perfect pointe shoe.

What make are your pointe shoes?

I wear Bloch’s Serenade pointe shoes in size 4. I don’t have them specifically made for me but they have to be professionally fitted at my local dance shop.

Performing at the Royal Opera House

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Tonight and tomorrow Northern Ballet will be performing on the Main Stage at the Royal Opera House for the first time as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

Ugly Duckling takeover at Northern Ballet!

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It’s a very busy week here at Northern Ballet headquarters as the Company are performing Ugly Duckling, a ballet for children, at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre from Monday until Saturday. As well as fitting 17 performances into just one week, our family friendly foyer will be open for business, with lots of craft activities, treasure trails and even a chance to try your luck with hook-a-duck!

Light Night Leeds 2017 Blog

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On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 October, Quarry Hill was alive with performance, workshops and projection as Light Night Leeds illuminated the city. As part of the commission by Leeds Dance Partnership and Leeds College of Music, our Ability group and Centre for Advanced Training students performed in unusual spaces around our building.

Artsmark Celebration Week

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This week is the first ever Artsmark Celebration Week, which shines a light on the importance of cultural education and fantastic schools putting arts and culture at the heart of young people’s education.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, and Northern Ballet’s Learning team have been busy working with schools throughout Hull to support their Artsmark journey, enabling them to deliver a more creative curriculum.

Insights: The Legacy of MacMillan

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Celebrating the life and legacy of pioneering choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, we are delighted to be taking part in Insights: The Legacy of MacMillan at the Royal Opera House this Friday 13 October from 8pm.

Through the Glass - Light Night Leeds 2017

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Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on two nights in early October.

Summer course 2017

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This August, 33 young people joined us for four days of fun on our Summer Course. This annual course is an opportunity for young people aged 7-11 to develop their ballet technique and creativity. Our dance artists work alongside a collaborative artist to introduce participants to something different and to develop new skills.

Becoming Bruno and Shmuel

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Matthew Koon and Filippo Di Vilio on creating the role of Bruno and Shmuel.

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