Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) is delighted to announce the following promotions which take effect from summer 2009: Kenneth Tindall and Martha Leebolt from Soloist to Premier Dancer (a position previously known as Leading Artist); Tobias Batley and Hannah Bateman from Junior Soloist to First Soloist; Ashley Dixon and Yi Song from Coryphée to Soloist; John Hull and David Ward from Dancer to Soloist; Ayana Kanda, Michela Paolacci, Christie Duncan and Julie Charlet from Dancer to Coryphèe.
NBT welcomes dancers Ayami Miyata from the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monaco and Jeremy Curnier from the Royal Ballet School; while William Simmonds from English National Ballet School, Daniel Clarke from Elmhurst School for Dance and Anna Blackwell from Central School of Ballet join NBT as Apprentices.
Principal Artist Keiko Amemori, dancers Dianne Gray and James Pickup and Apprentice Brice Asnar left the Company at the end of the spring/summer season.
Junior Soloist Ginnie Ray is on maternity leave.
During NBT’s 40th Anniversary spring/summer season the Company performed three full-length productions (Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and Wuthering Heights) and a Mixed Programme at 13 venues in towns and cities across the UK including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. Over 14 weeks the Company gave 89 performances to almost 57,000 people. NBT’s 40th Anniversary autumn/winter season starts with performances of Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds from 10-19 September.
Press contact: Laraine Penson, Head of Media & PR, Northern Ballet Theatre
Tel: 0113 274 5355