The Company Return

July 31, 2007 at 9:45 am (Artist's News, Company News)


The Company returned from Summer holidays on 23 July and they all look fit and rested. We’ve welcomed 5 new Dancers: Dreda Blow, Guiliana Contadini, Isabella Gasparini, Chantelle Gotobed, and Kieran Stoneley, and 6 Apprentices: Tomas Aragones, Daniel Fajardo, Rachel Gillespie, Lewis Landini, Ben Mitchell, Jessica Morgan and Jonathan Trick. Read about them on the dancers’ biographies section of the website.

As we welcome the new Company members we’ve bid a fond farewell to the following dancers: Desiré Samaai and Jonathan Byrne Ollivier have moved to Canada where Jon has joined Alberta Ballet. David Paul Kierce, is pursuing a career in musical theatre. Patrick Howell has returned to the USA to join Milwaukee Ballet. Victoria Lane Green has taken a nine-month sabbatical to join Alberta Ballet and Mark Biocca has joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. We wish Robert Phillips and Apprentices Julia Davies and James Muller the best of luck in their future careers. 

Congratulations to the following Company members: Martha Leebolt and Georgina May have been promoted from Junior Soloist to Soloist, while Kenneth Tindall has been promoted from Coryphée to Soloist. Hannah Bateman and Nathalie Léger have been promoted from Coryphée to Junior Soloist.


Last week Patricia Doyle, NBT Associate Artist was working with the Company at our West Park home in Leeds. Patricia was working with David Nixon on the revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and with the Dancers on developing their acting skills.

On Sunday, David Nixon auditioned lots of tiny dancers for the parts of the mice in The Nutcracker. We understand there will be 17 children in each performance and they are rehearsing with the Company at West Park this week.

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Summer School underway…

July 31, 2007 at 9:24 am (Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy)

Our annual Classical Training summer school for promising young dancers is currently underway. The Summer School is aimed at young people already in or hoping to start full time dance training. The students take part in ballet, contemporary and jazz technique classes as well as developing their partnering work, learning repertoire and watching the NBT dancers in rehearsal. All our students receive expert training from NBT’s teaching faculty under the guidance and syllabus of Ballet Mistress, Yoko Ichino.

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Gallery 37 Plus

July 31, 2007 at 9:14 am (Learning & Access)

Our Learning & Access department is a week and a half in to a four-week project called Gallery 37 Plus.The project is part of a national initiative for young people aged 16-19 who are not in full time education or employment. NBT, Phoenix Dance Theatre, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Yorkshire Dance Gallery are working together to offer 10 young people from Leeds an excellent foundation in hip-hop/urban dance, contemporary dance and ballet. Ex-NBT dancer Simon Kidd is working on the project alongside Sophie Alder, NBT Dance Education Officer.

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The New Season

July 25, 2007 at 8:39 am (Company News, Tour News)

The Autumn/Winter season (2007/08) is almost upon us, with the new tour starting on the 3rd of September. We open with a critically acclaimed dance production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse, following that with two classic ballets, Romeo & Juliet in Nottingham and The Nutcracker in Manchester.

Click here for details of the tour…

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NBT website improvements

July 24, 2007 at 4:27 pm (Marketing and PR News)

In the first week of August we will be re-launching the website with a new interface. Hopefully this will make the website a more pleasurable place to visit, and a much easier site to navigate, particularly for those with special access needs. A dialogue with our visitors on this issue, would be very helpful, as we can see if the changes we make are working or not.

If you have any suggestions for the website, send them to

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