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Group bookers delighted at Beauty & the Beast launch event

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On 20 October group bookers from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were invited to a very special evening at Northern Ballet. The atrium of our new home was buzzing as over 130 guests gathered – champagne flowed as anticipation rose.

Northern Ballet launches Sponsor a Dancer in style

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Our Sponsor a Dancer campaign was launched in style last night (Wednesday 19 October) at a fabulous evening at Mint hotel in Leeds.

BUZZ - Fashion Bites Back

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Yet what an aura surrounds you;
Your evil little aura, prowling, and casting a numbness on my mind.

That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic:
Invisibility, and the anæsthetic power
To deaden my attention in your direction.

But I know your game now, streaky sorcerer.

From DH Lawrence, The Mosquito

A Prince of England meets the Queen of the Nile

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Earlier this year Northern Ballet's Royal Patron, Prince Edward, or to give him his full title, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, attended a performance of Cleopatra with his wife The Countess of Wessex at Sadler's Wells.

The Dance Science Project

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Over the past 3 years Northern Ballet Academy has been taking part in a Dance Science Research Project which has been looking at the development of dance talent in young people.

Along with the other seven Centres for Advanced Training in Dance across the country our professional division students were monitored and interviewed over a three year period.

Hamlet Cast Sheets - West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Here are the provisional cast sheets for Hamlet at the West Yorkshire Playhouse running until Saturday, 17 September. (Updated.)

Please note all casts are subject to change without notice.

New Class for Northern Ballet

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Northern Ballet Academy are starting a number of new classes for adults in September. We will be continuing to run our ever popular adult ballet classes for all levels but will also be introducing Pilates and a brand new concept ‘Ballet Fusion’.

Ballet Fusion will be a fitness class based around ballet technique and basic principles of proper posture and core stability whilst getting your heart pumping. It has been designed to improve the students flexibility and over all fitness in a friendly atmosphere.

Hamlet - what the audience says

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Hamlet opened on Friday 9 September at West Yorkshire Playhouse and here are a few of the mentions & comments we've received so far from Twitter & Facebook...

Update 22 September

@northernballet I saw your production of Hamlet last week, you have changed my perception of ballet forever. AMAZING!

Charlotte Payne, @CharliPayne

Welcome back to Northern Ballet Academy

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Welcome back to Northern Ballet Academy – round-up of what’s coming and up and the summer months. We hope you are all well rested and had a good summer. A warm welcome back to the Academy. We have lots of exciting and challenging things in the pipeline for this year.

Music, Milstein & The Handshake Principle

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I finished my previous blog with the piano tuner about to arrive at my home in preparation for the rehearsal with pianist Benjamin Frith last week. That job has needed doing for a while, and I was glad that the rehearsal pushed me to finally make the call. I’m not much of a pianist myself to be honest, but quite enjoy messing around at the keyboard, often trying to improvise on the songs of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern etc. However, after my session with Ben I felt as if my piano was looking at me rather disdainfully as if to say, “Now that’s PROPER piano playing!”

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