Former NBT Students to Dance with Rambert

June 25, 2010 at 11:00 am (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , )

Former Northern Ballet Theatre Associates Lauren Wilson and Helen Barlow have been selected by Mark Baldwin to tour with Rambert Dance Company next year. They will be performing ‘A Linah Curva’.

Both Helen and Lauren are just about to finish their second year at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. To be selected to tour with the main company is a great achievement and we wish them the very best of luck.

Hopefully we will be able to update you on how they got along next year.

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Groups enjoy ‘cracking’ evening in Manchester

June 25, 2010 at 9:56 am (Events, General Information) (, , , , , , , , )

David Nixon, OBE, and the attendees watching Julie Charlet performing an excerpt from Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy.

David Nixon, OBE, and the attendees watching Julie Charlet. Photo: Rachel Poole.

Last Thursday Northern Ballet Theatre hosted a special event at City Inn, Manchester, to introduce group organisers to the wonderful world of The Nutcracker. Guests were given a greater insight to the production with a talk from the man behind the ballet, NBT Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE. They were then treated to the Chinese Dance and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy performed live by NBT dancers – a fantastic opportunity to enjoy these dances in an intimate setting.

Amidst the wine and fabulous canapés (the mini fish and chips went down a particular treat!) guests were able to see the Company’s new brand in all it’s glory – including previews of all of autumn’s new posters.

Whilst the group organisers booked their outing to The Palace Theatre this November to see the full production of The Nutcracker, one guest, budding ballerina Hannah (pictured below with dancers Ben Mitchell, Thomas Aragones and Julie Charlet) was delighted to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Budding Ballerina Hannah with Northern Ballet Theatre Dancers

Budding Ballerina Hannah with Northern Ballet Theatre Dancers Ben Mitchell, Thomas Aragones and Julie Charlet. Photo: Rachel Poole.

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NBT Board member named one of region’s top entrepreneurs

June 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm (Company News, General Information, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , )

NBT Board members continue to receive recognition for their achievements. Congratulations this week go to Victoria Tomlinson, founder and owner of Harrogate-based PR consultancy Northern Lights, who has been listed as one of Yorkshire’s top 100 entrepreneurs.

Victoria Tomlinison

Victoria Tomlinson

Victoria spent ten years in manufacturing and was a director at Ernst & Young before moving north and starting Northern Lights. The PR consultancy focuses on achieving measurable results for its clients, consistently wins national and regional awards and is frequently named in the top ten of Yorkshire agencies. Victoria was recognised by the CBI as a finalist in their business adviser of the year and represents the CBI on a number of government and education consultation panels. She also sits on the boards of Bradford University School of Management, a top ten UK business school; and Common Purpose North Yorkshire. She is a Prince’s Trust mentor and helps young people with careers advice.

Victoria was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for NBT earlier this year. On joining the NBT Board she said, “I am really interested in NBT’s outreach work and inspiring people from a wide range of backgrounds. There is also the challenge of positioning the ballet company in the London market and I hope I can bring ideas and contacts to help with this.”

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First Experiences of Ballet

June 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm (Events, General Information, Learning & Access) (, , , , , , , )

Pupils from Thorn Park School for the Deaf in Bradford have produced a video reporting on their experiences of learning ballet for Headliners, a UK charity which encourages personal development through journalism. The students were taught by Northern Ballet Theatre‘s Dance Education Officer, Caroline Burn and Learning & Access Musician, Dave Burnett.

They also attended a performance of Wuthering Heights at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and they give their thoughts on the production.

Headliners is a UK charity which encourages personal development of young people through journalism.

Original article on Headliners: Ballet a Hit With Deaf Young People

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…

June 11, 2010 at 11:03 am (Learning & Access) (, , , , , , , )

Children playing happily waving a large light-weight sheet.

Photo: Brian Slater

Over the last couple of weeks Sophie Alder (Dance Education Officer) has been visiting Shepherds Lane Children’s Centre in Leeds working with the pupils to explore the tale of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ through music and dance.

Watched by Sophie Adler Children hunt for the 'bear' in the school's garden.

Photo: Brian Slater

To track down the elusive bear the children used play-dough to represent mud, strips of ribbon for a snow-storm, plenty of water to splash about in and they ventured outside in the final week to roam amongst the trees and bushes. Following the story with Sophie the little ones were able to enhance their coordination skills, sense of rhythm, and aptitude for movement whilst also developing their imaginations.

Developing your co-ordination skills can be fun and achieved through play - running and jumping for starters.

Photo: Brian Slater

In Northern Ballet Theatre’s new building, due to open in January 2011, the Learning & Access team are hoping to work more with under 5s in weekly classes and occasional workshops. If you are interested in NBT’s work with children’s centres in Leeds or getting involved in similar projects, please contact Philippa Plumtree-Varley (Learning & Access Coordinator) on 0113 274 5355.

Sophie and children reaching, stretching and playing together.

Photo: Brian Slater

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Veronica Wadley appointed next London Chair of Arts Council England

June 11, 2010 at 7:58 am (General Information) (, , , , , )

Member of Northern Ballet Theatre's Board, Veronica Wadley

We’re delighted that Veronica Wadley a member of Northern Ballet Theatre’s Board of Directors has been appointed as the next London Chair of Arts Council England. The appointment has been approved by Jeremy Hunt the new Secretary of State for culture, Olympics, media and sport and has been endorsed by leading figures such as Nick Hytner, Director of the National Theatre, Nick Kent, Director of the Tricycle Theatre and Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Serpentine Gallery.

NBT’s Chief Executive Mark Skipper said:

“Veronica joined NBT’s Board in the autumn of 2009 and has already made a huge contribution through her enthusiasm and passion for the arts and for Northern Ballet Theatre. We would like to offer her our congratulations on her new position.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:

“Veronica Wadley is a hugely accomplished woman who has a proven passion for London and its unrivalled arts and culture. She will bring energy, drive and ambition to this vital sector that does so much for our quality of life in London and the capital’s reputation around the world. I am delighted that she has agreed to accept the challenge.”

Read more about Veronica’s appointment as the London Chair of Arts Council England.

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