Welcome back to Northern Ballet Academy

Published on Friday 9 September, 2011

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Welcome back to Northern Ballet Academy – round-up of what’s coming and up and the summer months.

We hope you are all well rested and had a good summer.  A warm welcome back to the Academy.  We have lots of exciting and challenging things in the pipeline for this year. 

New classes

We are delighted to be running new lunchtime classes in Pilates (taught by Viki Westall who is also a qualified Body Control Pilates teacher).  Viki will be teaching Pilates as a 10 week course so she can work closely with you to improve your technique and so you really see gradual improvement.  The course starts on Monday 19 September and runs from 12.15 – 13.15 and is perfect for beginners and those at intermediate level.

Our other two new classes – Ballet Fusion and ZUMBA® – will be taught by our very own fully qualified Zin member and ex-Northern Ballet Company dancer, Natalie Russell which are guaranteed to be fantastic fun as well as getting you fit and trim in time for the festive season ahead.

CAT students

The CAT students will be off to Bradford Alhambra Theatre on Friday 25 November to see Rambert’s new production Seven for a secret, never to be told choreographed by Artistic Director Mark Baldwin.  Then, on Sunday 27 November there will be two workshops held here at Quarry Hill by ex-Rambert dancers based on the production which promise to be very exciting.  There will be a morning and afternoon session, 10.30 –13.00 and 14.00 –16.30.  Each session of Rambert expertise and rep costs just £15.  Give us a call to book your place on 0113 220 8000 –spaces are limited so first come first served. We will group on age and ability so that everyone gets the most out of their session.

Summer events

Our International Summer School 2011 was a big success, as was our appearance in Ballet on Briggate on Friday 2 September. We have a few limited edition Summer School t shirts left which are available at a special discount price of £6 –40% discount.  Please contact us or visit Reception at Northern Ballet if you’d like to buy one.

News from ex-students

Joe Johnson did so well in his A levels that he has been offered a place a Cambridge University so he has decided to forgo his place at Central School of Ballet this year. We wish him every success for the future.

Andrew McNichol’s new ballet Chocolat for National Youth Ballet had its premiere this and will be performed at Sadler’s Wells on Sunday 11 September.  Hannah, Northern Ballet Academy Manager, is hoping to go so will let us know all about it.

Can you help?

A final plea – we desperately need a new plasma screen TV, 24" max, as ours has given up the ghost. If anyone has any contacts in the field for a charitable donation or ideas for raising money for the same, we would love to hear from you.

We look forward to seeing all dance class and Academy students very soon. Any queries don’t hesitate to contact the Academy on 0113 220 8000.

Viki Westall
Deputy Associate Director, Northern Ballet Academy

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