NBT’s Director of Learning & Access takes on new role as Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre

June 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm (Learning & Access, momentum)

We’re delighted that our partner in our new building, Phoenix Dance Theatre, has announced its new leadership team. The Artistic Director is Sharon Watson who has been working with NBT over the past 10 months as our Director of Learning & Access (maternity cover). Lesley Jackson has been appointed as Phoenix’s Executive Director.

This is Sharon’s last week at NBT, we would like to thank her for her contribution over the past 10 months and wish her good luck for her new role. We look forward to working with you in the new building Sharon!

Selina McGonagle, NBT’s Director of Learning & Access will be returning from maternity leave in July.

Sharon becomes the seventh Artistic Director of Phoenix, which in 2011 celebrates its 30th anniversary. Speaking about her appointment she said: “I feel both honoured and privileged by the company’s faith in me. Since 1989, when I first joined the company as a dancer, Phoenix has been a huge part of my life. This appointment is a wonderful opportunity for me to play a crucial role in the future of this proud and great Yorkshire dance institution.”

A graduate of London School of Contemporary Dance, Sharon worked as a dancer with some outstanding British dance artists such as Michael Clark and Darshan Singh Bhuller prior to joining Phoenix as a dancer in 1989. Sharon remained at Phoenix for nine years where she took on additional roles as teacher and choreographer. She was Artistic Director with her own company ABCDance and has undertaken a large number of diverse commissions from the Royal Armories to Scottish Millennium Festival. Sharon is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, Creative Producer of Arts Beyond Contemporary Dance and has also served as a Lecturer at Northern School of Contemporary Dance for an extensive part of her career.

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Latest Podcast: Training With Northern Ballet Theatre

June 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm (General Information)

In our fourth podcast Ian Brown interviews NBT’s Artistic Director David Nixon and Hannah Kirkpatrick of  NBT’s Classical Training department about the work they do, their ambitions, successes and get training with Northern Ballet Theatre

Courses Starting September 2009

Course Day Time For ages
Introduction to ballet Monday 4.15 – 5.15pm 8-10 years
Pre Ballet 1 Wednesday 4 – 4.45pm 6-7 years
Ballet for 10-12 years Thursday 5.30 – 6.45pm 10-12 years
Open Adult Beginners Ballet Thursday 6.45-8pm 18+
Intermediate Jazz Thursday 7-8pm  
Pre Ballet 2 Saturday 9.15 – 10am 7-8years

These dates and times are subject to change. Check the Classical Training pages for up-to-date details.

Northern Ballet Theatre Classical Training

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NBT joins Breeze International Youth Festival

June 10, 2009 at 8:56 am (Events, General Information)

Northern Ballet Theatre joins Breeze International Youth Festival!

As part of the Breeze International Youth Festival 09 NBT will be holding a full day workshop where young people can learn some basic ballet technique, dance the steps of NBT productions and create new choreography. This is FREE to Breeze cardholders and open to anyone with energy to burn, regardless of previous dance experience.

  • Sunday 28 June
  • 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • Upstairs @ The Carriageworks

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One For All

June 10, 2009 at 8:53 am (Artist's News) (, , , , , , )

One For All

The Three Musketeers - Left: John Hull & Pippa Moore; Right: Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Desiré Samaai

The Three Musketeers - Left: John Hull & Pippa Moore; Right: Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Desiré Samaai

Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Pippa Moore

Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Pippa Moore

NBT Leading Soloists Pippa Moore and Christopher Hinton-Lewis are in Estonia this week for a performance of The Three Musketeers.

The production is being performed by the Estonian National Ballet. Pippa and Chris will perform the roles of D’Artagnan and Constance for one performance only on Friday 12 June.

NBT Artistic Director David Nixon has been working closely with the Estonian National Ballet to direct the work for them. The Three Musketeers was originally created for NBT in 2006 and was performed to great acclaim in venues throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bradford and Manchester.

David Nixon choreographed the ballet to a scenario by the Royal Ballet’s David Drew MBE and a specially arranged score of filmic and joyous music, from one of Britain’s greatest composers, Sir Malcolm Arnold.

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New Season Tickets Now On Sale…

June 8, 2009 at 9:25 am (40th Anniversary, Fundraising, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Tickets for the Autumn/Winter Season are on sale now.

Remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for full deatils about NBT’s current and forthcoming tour.

Also on sale are tickets and packages for Northern Ballet Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Gala in aid of the momentum campaign.

The event takes place at Leeds Grand Theatre on 12 December.

For full details of packages available for the 40th Anniversary Gala click here.

To book seats which include a glass of champagne and a Gala programme click here.

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40th Anniversary Gala

June 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm (40th Anniversary, Company News, Fundraising, momentum)

Northern Ballet Theatre's 40th AnniversaryYou can find details of the 40th Anniversary Gala in aid of momentum, the packages available and pricing here.

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Wuthering Heights Resource Pack

June 1, 2009 at 11:36 am (Learning & Access) (, , , , , , , , , )

A resource pack for teachers on Wuthering Heights has been produced and is available for download from the Learning & Access pages.

Click to download the PDF file directly. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Wuthering Heights – Belfasts Casts

June 1, 2009 at 10:52 am (Casts) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Click here for more information on the production.

Click here to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from Belfast Grant Opera House.

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff & Cathy (Photo: HANSON)

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff & Cathy (Photo: HANSON)

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

 

Tue 2 June

Evening (7:30pm)

 Wed 3 June

Evening (7:30pm)

Thu 4 June

Matinée (2:00pm)

Evening (7:30pm)

Fri 5 June

Evening (7:30pm)

Sat 6 June

Matinée (2:30pm)

Evening (7:30pm)

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

Click here for more information on the production.

Click here to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from Belfast Grand Opers House.

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