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Big Ballet takes flight

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If you’ve been following Channel 4’s Big Ballet last week you saw the dancers starting their training and auditioning for parts in Swan Lake. I tweeted at the time how fantastic the professional Northern Ballet dancers looked and they were almost matched by the splendour of the Northern Ballet studios (some scenes were also filmed at our neighbours Yorkshire Dance).

Revealing pointe facts

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We know that you love all things pointe, but there are some fascinating facts that you may not know and over the next few weeks I will be revealing interesting pointe trivia and debunking some myths. 

To get started, here is the first pointe fact you may not know

An interesting fact about the beginning of pointe

The House is Open!

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Want to know what's happening at our Open House with Phoenix Dance Theatre today but can't make it?

Here's a slice of the action...

Follow us on Twitter and watch for #Open2014 to keep up with the fun!

Big Ballet at Northern Ballet

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Did you love meeting all the people involved in Channel 4’s Big Ballet project? Tonight’s episode follows the dancers as they begin their training at our place! We got to know the Big Ballet dancers really well when they trained at our stunning studios several times a week throughout the project. Some of them loved our place so much they still come to our adult ballet classes.

Northern Ballet’s Physio team to the rescue

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Preparations are well underway for our Open House 2014 on Saturday 15 February and we can’t wait to welcome you to explore our home and discover more about life behind-the-scenes at Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

During the day our resident Physiotherapists are on hand to offer completely free mini-Physiotherapy consultations. Chartered Physiotherapist Liz Atha tells us what to expect.

Final Day in Beijing

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Today is our last day in Beijing before we return to the UK. There have been one or two little challenges over the last two weeks which we have overcome and I am proud that the company has given some excellent performances and done a great job as cultural Ambassadors for our city and the UK in general.

Second Performance in Beijing

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Last night the company were treated to a banquet in a restaurant near to our hotel hosted by Cui Yang (Young), our Promoter.

David and Mark with Young

Kevin and Matt at dinner

We presented Young with a framed photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream as a memento of our 2014 tour.

First Performance Day in Beijing

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The dinner at Raffles last night was excellent. This is the most original take on a Greek Salad I have ever come across.

Greek Salad!

The Qianmen Jianguo Hotel is quite traditional in its decor, including the Lan Fang Restaurant where we have breakfast.

Lan Fang Restaurant

Hangzhou to Beijing

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Last night after the performance our small group of Pop-upers had dinner together as a farewell to Hangzhou and to celebrate the great success of the 2 performances. It was great to see the Cleopatra pas de deux again.

Pop up dinner

Hangzhou Pop-up Performances

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Today we are giving 2 performances in support of Leeds and Partners' business development initiatives. Ballroom Number 3 in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, although 2 floors below ground, is a great looking venue.

Ballroom Number Three

We had sent detailed specifications of our needs for the performance space and despite everything Leeds and Partners had done to ensure they were adhered to, inevitably there were challenges.

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