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Press release date 
Tue 20 Jun 2017

Northern Ballet will welcome nine new dancers for the 2017/18 season and has also announced promotions for existing members of the Company.

Ailen Ramos Betancourt who performed with Northern Ballet as a Guest Artist for its tour of Casanova in early 2017, joins the Company as a Soloist. Joining the corps de ballet are: Eneko Amorós Zaragoza (Estonian National Ballet); Thomas Holdsworth (English National Ballet School); Ommaira Kanga Perez (Escuela de Ballet Carmina Ocaña y Pablo Savoye); Heather Lehan (Canada’s National Ballet School); and former Academy of Northern Ballet Centre for Advanced Training student Andrew Tomlinson joins from the National Ballet of Canada. Archie James and Carlotta Pini join as Apprentices from the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Professional Graduate Programme, and Mathilde Lambert (Dutch National Ballet Academy) also joins as an Apprentice.

In addition, a number of Northern Ballet’s existing company dancers have been promoted: Victoria Sibson to First Soloist; Mlindi Kulashe, Ayami Miyata, Kevin Poeung and Abigail Prudames to Soloists; Sean Bates, Matthew Koon and Matthew Topliss to Junior Soloists; and Sarah Chun, Riku Ito and Jonathan Hanks are promoted to Coryphée.

This year the Company will also be saying goodbye to six of its dancers: Lucia Solari and Jeremy Curnier are leaving to join Ballett Kiel in Germany; whilst Naomi Bottomer, Isabelle Clough, Jenny Hackwell and Luke Francis are also moving on to new things.

Finally, Senior Artist and former Premier Dancer Hironao Takahashi bows out after a dancing career spanning over 20 years at Northern Ballet. Hironao will now focus full-time on his positions in the Company as Assistant Rehearsal Director and Assistant Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People.

Northern Ballet’s new season will commence with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 5 – 9 September 2017 before the world première of David Nixon OBE’s The Little Mermaid and performances of work by master choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, in Bradford and the Royal Opera House in London.

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