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Academy's first ever Dance-A-Thon

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This Sunday the Academy of Northern Ballet held it's first ever Dance-A-Thon to raise money to support students in need of assistance across all of our Accademy programmes and to enable us to buy new equipment for all Academy students to use.

Our staff and students along with their families and friends took part in a sponsored four hour continuous dance during the day which also included face painting, games and stalls including a tasty cake stand.

We'd like to thank everyone that took part in what was a fantastic and fun day!

Win the perfect festive day out

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Although it's still only October, Northern Ballet HQ is already starting to buzz with festive spirit as we get excited about the return of The Nutcracker this winter.

To celebrate, we've teamed up with Harper's Bazaar and Harvey Nichols to give you the chance to win the perfect festive day out.

Welcoming RNZB to our home

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We are delighted that in less than two weeks time we will be welcoming the dancers and crew from Royal New Zealand Ballet to our home. Travelling more than 11,500 miles from their base in Wellington, New Zealand, this major international ballet company will be performing in Leeds for the very first time and with no less than three European Premières!

Win tickets to 1984

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Win tickets to the World Première of 1984 with Harper's Bazaar!

Introducing our new dancers

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This year we welcomed 10 new dancers to the Company...

Edinburgh Fashions

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On Wednesday 29 January I braved the weather and trekked north with graduate dancers Curtis Pooley and Madeleine Bantick for a special fashion shoot in Edinburgh; and to spread the word about the UK première of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo's Romeo and Juliet at Edinburgh Festival Theatre 26-28 February.

Company Life by Kiara Flavin

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This time last year, Kiara Flavin was approaching the end of her first full term on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Graduate Professional Programme which aims to bridge the gap between full-time ballet training and professional performance. Now, after earning and accepting a contract with Northern Ballet, Kiara shares her first experiences of life as a professional ballet dancer...

Capturing the heart of the ballet

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Behind the scenes at Northern Ballet HQ we've been working hard to create new marketing images for Romeo and Juliet and Wuthering Heights that capture the essence of these passionate love stories.

Awash with awards

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We were delighted to be nominated for Best Company at the Taglioni International Ballet Awards and even more delighted to win when the recipients of the awards were announced back in September 2014. Now we've got even more to celebrate after scooping even more awards and nominations!

First our Head of Stage, Sid Taylor, won the award for Oustanding Achievement in Stage Crew at the Technical Theatre Awards.

read about Sid's award

Cinders has a ball at Seaton Delaval Hall

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Pointe shoes and architecture were the story of the day yesterday when I took Gavin McCaig and Alice Bayston to the majestic Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland for a photo shoot celebrating our imminent tour to nearby Newcastle with Cinderella and our partnership with the National Trust.

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