2019 Dancer promotions, joiners and leavers

Press release date 
Mon 24 Jun 2019

With the dancers currently on their well-deserved summer break, we are thrilled to announce the following promotions in time for our 50th anniversary year.

Antoinette Brooks-Daw

Antoinette Brooks-Daw (pictured above) has been promoted to Premier Dancer, whillst Hannah Bateman, Ashley Dixon and Abigail Prudames have all been promoted to the newly created position of Principal Soloists.

Joseph Taylor, Mlindi Kulashe and Ayami Miyata become Leading Soloists; Matthew Koon, Kevin Poeung, Sean Bates, Nicola Gervasi, Rachael Gillespie, Sarah Chun, Minju Kang and Dominique Larose have been promoted to First Soloists.

Riku Ito, Matthew Topliss, Jonathan Hanks and Nina Queiroz da Silva become Soloists; whilst Filippo Di Vilio and Lorenzo Trossello are promoted to Junior Soloists.

Gavin McCaig, Miki Akuta and Mariana Rodrigues become Coryphée; and Matthew Morrell and Julie Nunès have been promoted to the Corps de Ballet.

We will also welcome five new dancers to the Company. Joining the Corps de Ballet are: Wesley Branch (English National Ballet School); and Alessandra Bramante (John Cranko School). Aurora Piccininni and Albert Gonzalez Orts join as Apprentices from the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Professional Graduate Programme, while Leandro Olcese also joins as an Apprentice from English National Ballet School.

See our full Company of dancers.

Pippa Moore

Premier Dancer Pippa Moore (pictured above) has retired from performing after 23 years with the Company but will remain working with Northern Ballet to support Company rehearsals, educational outreach and our Academy. We have also said goodbye to Teresa Saavedra Bordes, Adam Ashcroft, Eneko Amorós Zaragoza and Conner Jordan-Collins who move on to new challenges.

Our new season will commence in September with Three Short Ballets followed by tours of David Nixon OBE’s Cinderella and Dracula.

Find out more information and to book tickets.

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