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Benjamin Mitchell. Photo Simon Lawson.
Benjamin was born in Germany and trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance. He joined Northern Ballet in 2007 and in 2013 he moved on to the Deborah Colker Dance Company in Brazil. Benjamin returned to perform with Northern Ballet as a Guest Artist in spring 2014 and from autumn 2014 joined Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Graham Kotowitch, photo Justin Slee
Graham is from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He joined Northern Ballet in 2008 having trained at the Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Regina, the Royal Ballet School in London and the National Ballet School of Canada. In 2013 Graham joined Matthew Bourne's New Adventures to tour with their version of Swan Lake.
Rym joined the Company in 2008 and left in 2011. Born: London, England. Trained: Central School of Ballet. Favourite Roles: ‘Fireside’ pas de deux from Christopher Gable’s Cinderella. Career Highlights: Joining Northern Ballet; performing at the Linbury Theatre. Personal: She has a passion for reading of all kinds as well as creative writing. Also enjoys world cinema.
Isabella Gasparini, photo Justin Slee.
Isabella left the Company in May 2013 and since January 2014 has been dancing with the Royal Ballet. Isabella is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She joined Northern Ballet in 2007 having trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Ballet Marcia Lago and Toshie Kobayashi Brazil.
Yoshihisa joined the Company in 2008 and left in 2011. He is now (as of 2012) dancing with the celebrated The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Born: Yamaguchi, Japan. Trained: International Ballet Academy; The Royal Ballet School, Upper School. Favourite Roles: Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Sleeping Beauty; The Rite of Spring; Jewels; Edgar, Wuthering Heights; Cats in Romeo & Juliet.
Yi joined the Company in 2005 and retired in March 2012. Born: Qing Dao, China. Trained: Beijing Dance Institute, China. Previous Companies: Singapore Dance Theatre.
Sebastian Loe
Sebastian was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Northern Ballet in 2004 and retired from the Company after the run of The Nutcracker in early 2016.
Ayana Kanda, photo Simon Lawson
Ayana, from Tokyo, trained at Kishibe Mitsuyo Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. She joined Northern Ballet in 2003. Ayana retired from Northern Ballet in December 2012.
John Hull
John is from Sydney, Australia. He joined Northern Ballet in 2003. He was trained at Ecole Ballet Studios and the English National Ballet School. In June 2014 John left to join Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Lori Gilchrist
Lori is from Bradford, West Yorkshire. She joined Northern Ballet in 2004 having completed her training at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester.


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