First Direct Arena turns Sapphire blue

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Press release date 
Mon 1 Dec 2014

The First Direct arena in Leeds turned a spectacular Sapphire blue this Sunday 30 November to mark the start of Northern Ballet’s 45th anniversary celebrations. First Direct and Northern Ballet have been working in partnership since 2009 and both companies have head-quarters in Leeds.  Northern Ballet was founded in Manchester in 1969 and moved to Leeds in 1996. The award-winning ballet Company will hold anniversary celebrations throughout the remainder of 2014 and in to 2015, the pinnacle of which will be a Sapphire Gala at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday 14 March 2015. Northern Ballet will be joined on stage for one night only by some of the world’s most celebrated dance artists and renowned choreographers. A special fundraising dinner will be held after the Sapphire Gala performance in the prestigious Howard Assembly Rooms at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Crys Whitewoods, Director of Development at Northern Ballet said:

‘We are incredibly grateful of the support we have received from First Direct over the past five years and we are thrilled they are launching the start of our 45th Anniversary celebrations. Northern Ballet is proud to call Leeds its home city and has played a pivotal role in placing Leeds firmly on the map as a city of dance. The Sapphire Gala promises to be an unforgettable evening and the Fundraising Dinner is a unique opportunity to support one of the UK’s most treasured ballet companies.’

Tracy Garrad, CEO of First Direct said:

‘We are delighted to be supporting Northern Ballet in celebrating its anniversary. We are proud to have a fantastic partnership with the Company and a strong relationship which has been enjoyed by customers and staff alike.’

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