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Press release date 
Mon 18 Aug 2014

Northern Ballet’s much-anticipated new ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker, will have its World Première in Leeds this autumn before touring to 16 venues across the UK in spring 2015, including performances alongside Northern Ballet’s national tour, with further venues to be announced soon.

Elves & the Shoemaker, choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Ballet Master Daniel de Andrade, is the latest in Northern Ballet’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People which already includes the hugely popular Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs. The short ballets have been seen live by more than 53,000 people and on TV by more than 300,000 people in the CBeebies TV adaptations, for which Ugly Duckling received a Children’s BAFTA. The series of ballets have been created to introduce families and young children across the UK to live dance, music and theatre. 

Children from St. Anthony’s Primary School in Beeston, Leeds have been involved in the creation of the ballet. Nine children were selected to take part, all of whom have had no previous exposure to dance. They attended several rehearsals at Northern Ballet’s headquarters and have worked with Ballet Master Daniel de Andrade during the creative process, giving their feedback to help shape the ballet. They will also attend a preview performance in September where they will be invited to give their honest opinion of the finished ballet.

Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story about a poor and hard-working shoemaker who receives some much-needed help from two elves, this enchanting, colourful and heart-warming production will last approximately 40 minutes. Elves & the Shoemaker will be set to an original score composed by Philip Feeney with set designs by Ali Allen

Selina McGonagle, Director of Learning at Northern Ballet, said, ‘We are delighted to be giving young children and families the opportunity to experience our latest children’s ballet. It’s really great that this time we are touring more widely across the UK giving even more audiences the chance to experience this truly magical performance.’