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Dancer in a 1920s style silk white dress walks imperiously across a stage with lights glowing yellow behind her

Abigail Prudames retires from Northern Ballet

Abigail Prudames has been a part of Northern Ballet since 2011 when she became an Apprentice, fresh from her training with the Royal Ballet and Elmhurst Ballet School. Since then she has risen through the ranks, to become an exemplary Premier Dancer alongside her long-time dancer partner Joseph Taylor.

Dancer stands arabesque with her arms above her head wearing a white dress
Wearing a white shift, a dancer leans over her balcony and lovingly hold the face of her love as he climbs up to see her
Two dancers in rehearsal look lovingly at each other as their roles of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria
A Mermaid, pale green skin, pink-purple-white-gold outfit being held up by man on his shoulders as she leans back over them, all while being splashed by stylised crashing wavess
Queen Victoria in a white dress and blue sash is embraced from behind by her husband white dancers in red and white are in the background moving and organising
Woman with dark hair in a bob wearing a white top smiling broadly
Dancer in a grey T-shirt and dark shorts lifts another wearing all black as she holds her arms wide and extends a leg behind her
Dancer stands on one foot en pointe, a leg raised behind her arabesque, she is wearing an intricate 18th century gold costume
Dancer in an orange dress leans forward her legs raise behind her, she is held by a man in blue with black leather boots
Dancer in a 1920s style silk white dress walks imperiously across a stage with lights glowing yellow behind her

A much-loved member of the Company, Abigail has been integral in creating some of the most iconic Northern Ballet roles such as David Nixon CBE’s Mermaid and Cathy Marston’s Victoria. She has also danced Juliet, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, Jane in Jane Eyre and many more besides. 

“Her natural talent and studious approach to embodying complex emotions on stage have garnered her a reputation that reaches far beyond our walls and will be sorely missed. Though it is always sad to see any dancing career reach its finale I am excited to see what the future holds for Abby and wish her all the best.”

Artistic Director Federico Bonelli

Abigail’s final performance as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet will be at Sadler’s Wells on Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm.

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Images by Guy Farrow, Emma Kauldhar, Emily Nuttall, and Drew Forsyth.