Learning staff

Meet Northern Ballet's Learning team.

Leanne Kirkham

Director of Learning

I initially trained at Performers College and after graduating I worked as a professional commercial dancer and in musical theatre. In 2001 I began working as a freelance dance artist in various... read more

Laura Broome

Senior Learning Manager

I received a BA (Hons) Dance degree from The University of Chichester, which included six months at York University in Toronto, where I worked with The National Ballet of Canada. After graduating, I... read more

Sophie Alder

Artistic Learning Manager

I trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and after graduating, undertook further training in improvisation at the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam, and since with artists... read more

Lauren Prydderch

Learning Project Manager & Child Protection Officer

Originally from Northamptonshire, I had a keen interest in the arts from a young age. I studied at Leeds Metropolitan University graduating in 2009 with BA (Hons) Entertainment Management. ... read more

Heather Newstead

Learning Project Coordinator

I graduated from Kingston University London in 2016 with a degree in Drama (BA Hons) and swiftly moved back to my hometown of Leeds. Prior to studying at Kingston I enjoyed the performing arts from a... read more

Keisha Hamilton

Dance Education Officer

I gained a First Class BA (Hons) Television and Video Production degree at university and the experience coaching the Hip Hop team in my 3rd year fuelled my desire to further my dance training. I had... read more

Philippa Ranger

Dance Education Officer

I received my BA (hons) International Dance degree from the University of Leeds (Bretton Hall) in 2008, and as part of which, I was lucky enough to do an Erasmus year at Fontys Dance Academy in The... read more