Academy Classes Filling Up

August 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

Photo: Hannah KirkpatrickWe now only have a few weeks left of enrolment for our classes for young children and places are filling up fast. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to train with Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds.

Classes range from mini movers (a parents and tots class) to classes for 16-year-olds.

The classes are a great way for children to make friends, stay active and learn more about music and dance as well as working alongside the professional dancers.

To find out more please visit the academy webpage or call to speak to Hannah or Faye in the Academy department: 00113 274 5355.

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

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Topping out of NBT’s new home

July 5, 2010 at 10:00 am (Academy, Classical Training, Company News, Events, General Information, Marketing and PR News, momentum, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, )

Dancers from Phoenix and NBT along with Academy students accept gifts of goodwill from Wates Construction

Last Thursday night our new headquarters in Leeds reached a significant milestone as Wates Construction held a topping out ceremony with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds on the Quarry Hill site.

Historically, the topping out ceremony marks the topmost beam being placed in the building to complete the structure. Its origins harp back to pagan times where the purpose of the ceremony was to appease tree-dwelling spirits and bring good luck by placing a yew tree branch in the uppermost part of the building.

To mark the occasion Wates Construction presented NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre with a miniature ewe tree, some ears of wheat and a bottle of oil, which are all symbols of prosperity, happiness and good fortune for the people who use the building.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Patrick Davey was joined by representatives from Leeds City Council, Wates Construction, NBT and Phoenix, dancers from both companies along with two NBT Academy students as well as key stakeholders and partners in the city. Cllr Davey was invited to bury a memory stick containing electronic memorabilia from both dance companies underneath one of the dance studio floors.

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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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Brownies & Guides Take Over NBT

May 12, 2010 at 11:28 am (Academy, Classical Training, General Information, Learning & Access, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , , , , )

Cara O'Shea on pointe

Sophie Alder showing the perfect Peter Pan poseOn Sunday 9th May 100 Brownies and Guides descended on Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) to take part in a fun filled day of dance classes with NBT staff.

Cara O’Shea, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy ballet tutor, led the ballet technique sessions and Sophie Alder, Dance Education Officer, led the creative sessions.

Cara was really impressed with the standard of the students saying:

“Everyone has had a fantastic day. The students have worked so hard and have been really quick to pick up the exercises.”

Sophie taught the students some extracts from NBT’s productions of  Peter Pan and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They then worked on creating their own pieces based on the steps that they had learnt.

The day was rounded off with a performance to all the parents so they could see what their bidding ballerinas had been up to.

Guides having fun

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NBT International Summer School

April 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm (Academy, Classical Training, General Information, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) ()

NBT has started recruiting for its annual International Summer School. The School takes place at the Company’s studios in Leeds and is open to students who are already in or are hoping to go into full-time classical ballet training.

There are two strands to the Summer School: a one-week an intermediate level course for 12 to 16 year olds which takes place from Monday 26 to Saturday 31 July, and a two-week senior level course for 16 to 19 year olds which takes place from Monday 2 to Saturday 14 August.

Daily sessions are designed to strengthen and improve students’ classical ballet technique while providing the unique opportunity to work with NBT artistic staff and find out more about the Company.

For more information on how to apply or about further training opportunities with Northern Ballet Theatre email the Academy or phone Hannah of Becki on 0113 274 5355

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Local politicians visit NBT

April 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm (Academy, Classical Training, General Information, Marketing and PR News)

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, dropped into the Northern Ballet Theatre studios today to watch Academy students taking class with Viki Westall.

They were hugely impressed by the students’ strength and athleticism – especially when the boys did press ups with their feet on the barre!

A quick tour of our facilities left Rachel and Lucinda in no doubt as to why a large and growing professional ballet company needs for a fit-for-purpose facility and they were interested to hear about how NBT’s education and community work will be enhanced in our new purpose-built home.

Rachel and Lucinda are currently campaigning to keep the West Park Centre open after NBT moves. As one of the busiest community centres in Leeds, the West Park Centre receives up to 3000 visitors per week, in addition to the staff and tenants who work here. As well as hosting local residents’ associations, it is also home to several orchestras, choirs and music groups, a Baptist church, various artists and a wide range of vulnerable adults and pupils with Special Educational Needs. To find out more about the campaign visit Rachel’s website

Rachel Reeves and Lucinda Yeadon with Academy students in West Park

Rachel Reeves and Lucinda Yeadon with Academy students in West Park

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Excellent! Participants Podcast…

March 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , )

Northern Ballet Theatre Academy and other participants of the Excellent! event tell us about taking part and the challenges they faced in preparing for their performance.

Hannah Kirkpatrick, Academy Officer, said:

“It was a big success” and went on to say, “We’re really proud of all our students…”

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Northern Ballet Theatre Academy is EXCELLENT!

March 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , )

This Saturday (6th March) 5 students from the Northern Ballet Theatre Academy will be taking part in ‘Excellent! 2010‘ at the Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Excellent! 2010‘ will be an exciting and exhilarating evening of music and dance to celebrate the stars of tomorrow.

The evening is to celebrate the DCSF’s Music and Dance Scheme and the sheer talent of young dancers and musicians in the North.

With students performing from The Hammond, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Yorkshire Young Musicians, The Lowry Dance CAT, Chetham’s School of Music and Northern Ballet Theatre Academy it will be an evening not to be missed.

The performance will start at 19.30 and tickets are now on sale and can be bought from the Riley Theatre box office: 0113 219 3018
The tickets will cost £6.50 or £4.50 concession.

Northern Ballet Theatre Academy’s piece has been choreographed by ex-company Dancer, Omar Gordon. He has been busy rehearsing the students in between trips to Paris and Belfast and we are really excited about it being premiered on Saturday night. Here are some photos of rehearsals to give you a quick glimpse of the choreography…

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

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Northern Ballet Theater Academy Stars Shine

February 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , )

We have spent another weekend glued to our televisions as things became more and more tense in BBC1’s ‘So You Think you Can Dance’ and Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’.

Academy student Matthew Koon took part in the semi final of ‘Got to Dance’ on Sunday night and secured his place in the final. Once again he received a standing ovation from all three judges and his performance brought judge Kimberley Wyatt to tears.

Watch his amazing performance.

Ex Associate Robbie White is now in the top six of ‘So You think You Can Dance’ . We are getting closer and closer to the final so every vote helps. Make sure you tune in this Saturday.

Watch Robbie’s performance

We are so proud of both students, two fantastic dancers who deserve this chance to show everyone what they can do. Please keep supporting them and thanks to everyone who has voted so far.

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February & March at the Academy

January 26, 2010 at 9:31 am (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , , )

The Professional Division students will be busy during their February half-term break with an intensive course including a daily classical technique class, contemporary class and the start of rehearsals for the End of Year show. The intensive courses are really beneficial for the students to help them improve their technique and strength through daily, consistent work.

Shortly after the February half-term Academy students will be visiting Leeds Grand Theatre to see Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet. The students all love going to the theatre and it is always exciting to see their reactions to the performance highlight their passion for dance. Look out for us at the Grand on Saturday 27th February!

During March and April 2010 the Music and Dance Scheme (the parent group for the Centres for Advanced Training which the Academy’s Professional Division programme runs under) are holding events up and down the country to celebrate the wealth of talent that the scheme supports at its family of specialist music and dance schools and Centres for Advanced Training (CATs). The regional event for the North is taking place on 6th March 2010 and will include performances of the CATs from Northern Ballet Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Lowry, Yorkshire Young Musicians, the junior department at the Royal Northern College of Music, and from the MDS schools at Chetham’s School of Music and The Hammond School.

Northern Ballet Theatre’s CAT Professional Division students Megan Hughes, Paul Smith, Andrew Tomlinson, Sally Hind and Charlotte Tonkinson have been chosen to work with ex-NBT dancer Omar Gordon (who played the part of Young Scrooge in the NBT Alumni performance of A Christmas Carol) to create a new piece for the event in March. This is a fantastic opportunity to join together to celebrate the scheme and display the exceptional talent of young dancers and musicians across the region, and the Academy is really excited to be a part of it.

When we are not in the office we will be avidly watching our television screens to follow the progress of our Associate students on two of the dance competitions mesmerising the nation. You may already read about Robbie White, an ex-Associate taking part in the BBC1 programme ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and about Matthew Koon, a current Senior Associate who is through to the live finals in Sky 1s ‘Got To Dance’ programme. We’ll be sat on the edge of our sofas watching with our fingers crossed for the boys and the News Blog will keep you updated with their progress.

Don’t forget to vote!

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Academy Open Days and School Workshops

January 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre Academy Open Days

The Spring Term is always a busy one for the Academy as this is the time of year when we begin our Open Days and school outreach programmes to help us find the next intake of talented young dancers for our Academy training programmes.

The Open Days take place on Sundays across Yorkshire in Sheffield, Huddersfield, York and Leeds. This allows us to do ballet and creative workshops with youngsters from across the entire region who already have some experience in dance. The Open Days act as informal information giving sessions for students and parents who are interested in training at the Academy. At each venue Northern Ballet Theatre run a morning session for 10 to 12 year olds and Northern School of Contemporary Dance run an afternoon session for 13 to 17 year olds with a contemporary focus.

The school workshops the Academy delivers as part of our school outreach programme happen across Leeds through January and February. Cara O’Shea (Academy ballet tutor) will be going into seven different schools and doing workshops with Year 5 and 6 pupils to introduce them to ballet and creative movement. School workshops are a brilliant way for us to identify students who have raw dance potential and encourage them to learn more about the opportunities that the Academy can offer. It is also an excellent opportunity for us to meet school pupils and teachers from the area and introduce them to Northern Ballet Theatre and the Academy.

The Open Days and school workshops lead up to our annual audition process, which this year will be in March. We audition every student who applies for our Associate and Professional Divisions, and also hold auditions for the International Summer School. This is an incredibly busy process and the applications are already arriving so we’re looking forward to meeting everyone at the auditions and welcoming all the potential students.

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Got To Dance!

January 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm (Academy, Artist's News, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , )

Television seems to be going dance crazy this year. As well as the BBC programme So You Think You Can Dance featuring former NBT associate Robbie White, Sky 1 has also launched its own dance talent show.

Got to Dance premiered on Sky 1 on Sunday night and the star of the show was current Northern Ballet Theatre Senior Associate Matthew Koon.

Presented by Divina McCall  Got To Dance looks to discover the country’s most talented dance floor divas. The auditionees are put through their paces by an outspoken panel of judges: West End star and movie actor Adam Garcia, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo, lead dancer and choreographer of street dance crew Diversity.

Matthew definitely caught their eye on Sunday night and received a standing ovation for his solo. Adam Garcia told the audience that they had just seen “a world class dancer” and Ashley Banjo added that “The bar has been set… by a 15 year old”.

Matthew has been training on the associate programme for 2 years. He lives in Manchester and comes to NBT for classes in ballet and contemporary every Saturday.

The finalists for the programme have not yet been decided but we have all our fingers and toes crossed for Matthew. He is a huge talent and definitely one to watch. Get ready to vote!!

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So You Think You Can Dance?

January 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm (Artist's News, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

So you think you can dance!

Congratulations to Robbie White, ex-NBT Associate, who has secured a place as one of the final 14 contestants on BBC’s new dance competition So You Think You Can Dance.

In the search for Britain’s favourite dancer, judges Arlene Philips and Nigel Lythgoe will assess the contestants’ ability to master different dance styles including hip hop, jazz, Broadway, lyrical and contemporary with new routines taught by different choreographers and mentors.

Viewers have the ultimate power to vote and keep their favourite dancer in the running at the end of each live show. The first live show takes place on Saturday 9 January 2010.

Robbie, who is 22 and from Manchester, trained as an NBT Associate during which time he was chosen to perform the role of the Young Heathcliff in David Nixon’s ballet Wuthering Heights with the Company.

Read more about Robbie and So You Think You Can Dance on the show’s website or on his Facebook page.

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Be part of Northern Ballet Theatre’s future…

December 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm (Academy, Classical Training, General Information) (, , , , , , , , , )

View Northern Ballet Theatre Academy’s new brochure for 2010/2011 and find out how you can train alongside the company in our brand new purpose built dance centre. With programmes for all ages and abilities there are opportunities for everyone who wants to dance.

For our Professional Division and Associate Division entrance is by audition only and the closing date for applications is 22nd February so don’t delay, click here to download the form now!

Please give Hannah or Becki a call on 0113 274 5355 if you have any questions.

Academy Brochure

Academy Brochure

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Academy Intensive Weekend…

October 28, 2009 at 10:07 am (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy)

Professional Division Students (Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick)

Professional Division Students (Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick)

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

The start of the half-term break found the Professional Division students spending their weekend at Northern Ballet Theatre Academy for an intensive course which saw them doing things a little out of the ordinary. . .

Whilst the younger students began a normal ballet class with Cara, the older students had a yoga class with Nichi Green (from the Yogaspace) which made them all very relaxed and perhaps even a little bit sleepy! As they went into their ballet class to be woken up by Yoko, the younger students met Bgirl Firefly who gave them a class in hip-hop and street dance. The students were ‘top-rocking’ and ‘threading’ in no time and enjoyed learning the new moves. After the lunch-break, Firefly worked with the older levels teaching them some basic street dance moves and then giving some slightly more difficult combinations to work on. Meanwhile the younger students were practicing their preparations for Halloween with a make-up workshop taken by make-up artist Ame Boyd. I walked into the classroom to be met by students with broken noses, deep scratches, scars and bullet wounds and as I’m very squeamish I had to keep reminding myself that these were fake wounds and not actually as real as they looked! I left the room with a deep, bleeding scratch on my hand (fake, thankfully!) and gathered all the students to watch Firefly show off some of her moves. The students all sat open-mouthed at Firefly’s incredible performance and there was lots of cheering and clapping as everyone thanked both Firefly and Ame for a brilliant day.

Fun Hallowe'en Make-up (Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick)

Fun Hallowe'en Make-up (Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick)

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

As the students left at the end of their first day, there were many reminders to ensure they arrived at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford by 7.00pm as we had arranged for all the students to watch NBT perform Wuthering Heights. The production was amazing with fantastic music, a brilliant representation of the story and outstanding performances by all involved. At the end of the performance, the students gave a standing ovation during the curtain call with a lot of cheering, showing how much they had enjoyed the production.

On Sunday morning, the older students had ballet class with Cara first thing and the younger students did a workshop with Catherine and Steph from the communications department. The students talked about advertising and discussed TV adverts and posters, giving ideas about what they liked and didn’t like before they were set a task to design a poster for either A Christmas Carol or Peter Pan. There were many good designs and a selected few are shown below (and some are on display outside our office at West Park). As the younger students finished off their artwork and headed to the studio for their ballet class, the older students moved from ballet class to street dance, this time with Hannah Thompson. Hannah taught the older students some more street dance moves, including locking, popping and waving and put together a short routine from each component. After hard work from both groups in their respective classes, all students had a lunch break before the older students finished their weekend off with a further yoga class and the younger students got their chance to learn some more funky moves with Hannah.

A Christmas Carol & Peter Pan Posters

A Christmas Carol & Peter Pan Posters

The students left to waiting parents who were dutifully shown some of the street dance moves before heading home to look forward to a well-deserved week off. After a weekend of doing something different, the students seemed tired but happy with the whole weekend so it was a successful end to the first half of the autumn term.

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NBT Students Receive Places At Top Ballet Schools

July 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy)

Three of NBT’s Professional Division students have seen their dreams come true this summer as they were offered places at two of the countries leading ballet schools to pursue careers in dance. Matthew Topliss and Sophie Hall, both aged 16 from Bradford, will make the move to Glasgow come September to begin an exciting new chapter as students at the Scottish Academy, studying on the BA in Modern Ballet in partnership with Scottish Ballet. Matthew Valentine will leave his home town of Leeds and move to London as he takes his place at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

NBT Ballet Mistress and Curriculum Manager Yoko Ichino is delighted to see the students going on to pursue their dreams

“We’re sad to see our students leave but thrilled all their hard work has paid off. We’ve given them a fantastic start and I’m sure the training they’ve received here at NBT will have prepared them both mentally and physically for the challenges of full time training.We wish them the best of luck!”

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NBT Academy Students are Pride of Yorkshire

July 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm (Classical Training, General Information, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy)

(L to R) Nicole Matthews (10), Connor Taylor (12), Matthew Topliss (16), Amy Fleming (14), Joseph Poulton (17) & Dale Rhodes (17)
(L to R) Nicole Matthews (10), Connor Taylor (12), Matthew Topliss (16), Amy Fleming (14), Joseph Poulton (17) & Dale Rhodes (17)

Six students from the Northern Ballet Theatre Academy (NBT Academy) were lucky enough to attend the Lord Lieutenants Yorkshire Young Achievers Garden Party at Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham on Sunday 21st June. They had all been nominated for an award either by their schools or by NBT. They had a fantastic day speaking to all the other young people and the specially invited guests. Matthew Topliss was thrilled to receive a special award on the day for Outstanding Achievement.

Dale Rhodes (English National Ballet School) and Joseph Poulton (Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance), who graduated from the NBT Academy last Summer, returned to Leeds for the celebrations. It was fantastic to see them both and hear about the great time they are both having at vocational school.

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Classical Training’s Residential At White Lodge

April 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm (Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, )

White Lodge Residential Course

Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April

Sophie Hall, Matthew Topliss and Megan Hughes on the steps of White Lodge

(Left to right) Sophie Hall, Matthew Valentine and Megan Hughes

Megan Hughes, Sophie Hall, Matt Topliss and Matthew Valentine recently attended a residential course for Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) students. Here is their account of the week . . .

Over the Easter holiday four Level 5 students from the Classical Training Professional Division attended a residential course at White Lodge. The residential was offered to students training at the Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) across the country. The course was designed to allow students to experience life at a vocational school whilst also giving us the opportunity to be taught be different teachers and to meet students training on similar courses at different places.

Megan Hughes and Matt Topliss taking part in a ballet class with other CAT students

Megan Hughes and Matt Topliss taking part in a ballet class with other CAT students

The course lasted four days and during this time we had lessons in Hip Hop, Ballet, Repertoire and Creative work. At the end of the course a presentation was put on for parents and teachers to demonstrate some of the skills we had been working on.

The ballet teacher who taught the NBT students was Antonio Castilla. He was a very inspirational tutor and also gave us great advice. We were taught some rep from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Jessica Clarke. This was very enjoyable and it was valuable to hear her advice as she has recently performed in this production herself.

Sophie Hall and Matthew Valentine in ballet class

Sophie Hall and Matthew Valentine in ballet class

It was good to meet other CAT students and find out about their training. As three out of the four NBT students will be moving away to vocational schools in September, it gave us a fantastic insight into what we might soon be experiencing.

Overall it was a really good experience and we have come away having gained some brilliant advice and some new friends. Hearing corrections from other teachers always helps to further instil them and we feel that we have really come away as better dancers.

(Left to right) Matthew Topliss, Matthew Valentine, Sophie Hall & Megan Hughes

(Left to right) Matthew Topliss, Matthew Valentine, Sophie Hall & Megan Hughes

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NBT Kicks Off Sheffield Tour at Meadowhall

March 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm (Classical Training, Events, General Information, Learning & Access, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

Classical Training

Photo: Darren Goldsmith

Northern Ballet Theatre will be twirling into Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield on Saturday 21 March for a fun filled event to launch the Company’s Sheffield tour, which runs at the Lyceum Theatre from 24 – 28 March.

Why not come down to Meadowhall on Saturday and watch some of NBT’s most promising students giving several short performances throughout the day and you can even join in yourself with energiser sessions to help you kick start your weekend. The event will be held from 11am – 2pm on Park Lane so there is plenty of opportunity to come along, take part and have some fun.

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New Open Classes

August 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm (Classical Training, General Information, Marketing and PR News, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , , , , )

Open Classes

At Northern Ballet Theatre, all instruction is based on healthy physical principles. Our Open Classes allow students to train with leading professionals in a relaxed and friendly environment. Ballet is a great way to keep fit regardless of age. It improves alignment and helps posture.

Weekly classes as follows:

NEW for 2008 – Intro to Ballet
Thursday 17:30-18:30
Introductory classes for children aged 8-10

NEW for 2008 – Adult Beginners Ballet
Thursday 18:45-20:00
No experience required. 18+

Intermediate Ballet
Monday 19:00-20:30
Intermediate Foundation Standard and Above

Men’s Class
Wednesday 17:30-19:15
Intermediate Foundation Standard and Above

All classes are held at Northern Ballet Theatre’s Studios
at the West Park Centre on Spen Lane in Leeds.

For more information on these classes visit our website
or contact the Classical Training Dept.
classicaltraining@northernballettheatre.co.uk

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NBT students are excellent!

August 5, 2008 at 11:14 am (Classical Training, Events, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , , )

Photograph by Simon Richardson

Seven of NBT’s students performed at excellent! at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London on Tuesday 15 July. excellent! was a celebration of the achievements of this country’s most talented young dancers and musicians. NBT’s students performed a piece by choreographer Sharon Watson, alongside seven students from the Northern School for Contemporary Dance (NSCD), to music composed by the Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM).

The students spent three days in London and stayed at The Tring Arts Educational School. On the day before the performance the students rehearsed with the NSCD students and YYM at Sadler’s Wells to make sure they were ready for their big performance the following day. The excellent! performance was a fantastic success and the students met other young and talented dancers and musicians from across the country. All the students did the Company proud, well done everyone!

Joshua Ockerby who is in the third year of NBT’s Professional Training Division said, “It was amazing to perform on stage at one of the most famous dance venues in the world, I enjoyed every minute of it and hope I get to do it again soon! “

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Yorkshire Young Dancers and Musicians are excellent!

May 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm (Classical Training, Events, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , )

Excellent logo

Seven students from NBT’s pre-vocational training programme are taking part in a special performance at Sadler’s Wells in London on 15 July. Top choreographer Sharon Watson is creating a new dance piece for the group and fellow Yorkshire Young Dancers from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The group will also collaborate with eight students from Yorkshire Young Musicians who are creating a new composition for the performance with Andrew Stamatakis-Brown.

YYD Students

The performance is a celebration of the achievements of this country’s most talented young dancers and musicians supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ Music and Dance Scheme.

Rehearsals are well underway and the group will give a special preview performance at the Riley Theatre in Leeds on 27 June. Read the full media release here.

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More money for dance

April 3, 2008 at 9:38 am (Classical Training, General Information, Marketing and PR News, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , )

NBT Centre for Advanced Training

In March, the Government announced that it would be investing a further £5.5 million in dance following the publication of the Dance Review, written by the Royal Opera House Chief Executive Tony Hall.
The funding would be invested in, amongst other schemes, six new Centres of Advanced Training (CATs) between now and 2011. NBT, in partnership with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, set up the first CAT in the UK and remains the only CAT for classical dance.

David Nixon has responded to the announcement:
“An investment in young people is an investment in the future. As the very first Centre for Advanced Training, Northern Ballet Theatre has seen first hand the effect this kind of funding can have on young people. I feel strongly that we must develop high standards and quality access across the country and this announcement makes huge steps towards achieving these goals.”

Read the full announcement

Read a dance industry responce by Dance UK

Read about our Centre for Advanced Training

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Classical Training Auditions

February 6, 2008 at 1:06 pm (Auditions, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , )

The closing date for applications for Classical Training Auditions is looming so please make sure you send in all applications by Monday 18th February in order to make the deadline. We have classes to suit all ages and abilities ranging from intensive pre-vocational training programmes to Open classes.

To download an application pack or to find out more about the associate programme, international summer school and the Yorkshire Young Dancers Pre-Vocational training programme please go to the Classical Training Pages or call the Classical Training department on 0113 274 5355

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Upcoming Classical Training Events

January 9, 2008 at 2:20 pm (Classical Training, Events, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , )

NBT Open Classes Flier

Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) will hold an open dance class in Leeds on Sunday 20th January 2008 at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE. The open day is an opportunity for young dance enthusiasts from NBT’s hometown, and across Yorkshire, to sample a ballet or contemporary dance class and learn more about the Yorkshire Young Dancer (YYD) Scheme. The open day is free and must be booked in advance through NBT’s Classical Training department on 0113 274 5355, email: classicaltraining@northernballettheatre.co.uk

Northern Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) will be holding ‘Introduction to ballet classes’ for children aged 8-11 starting in February 2008.The dance classes will provide the perfect opportunity for youngsters to have fun, stay healthy, try something new and learn more about ballet with the North’s premiėre ballet Company. The classes will be held at NBT’s studios at the West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE. No prior dance experience is required, just enthusiasm and motivation for dancing. Classes will be held on Wednesdays during term time from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and cost £40 per term.

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Light Night Images

October 16, 2007 at 9:34 am (Classical Training, Events, Marketing and PR News, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , )

Last Friday night, some of NBT’s Classical Training students took part in a class in Leeds City Centre.

This event was part of the third Leeds Light Night, an astounding city-wide cultural extravaganza on the night of October 12th. Photos by Amy Dutton.

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Dance at Light Night

October 8, 2007 at 3:18 pm (Classical Training, Events, Marketing and PR News, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

Leeds Light Night Class

Ever wanted to have a go at a ballet class? Well, this Friday night, some of NBT’s Classical Training students will be doing class in Leeds City Centre and we’d love you to join them. Come along between 6 and 7pm outside the Art Gallery if it’s dry or in The Light if it’s wet.

This event is part of the third Leeds Light Night, an astounding city-wide cultural extravaganza on the night of Friday October 12th. Check www.lightnight.co.uk for full details, & email james.hill@leeds.gov.uk for a copy of the brochure. Be a tourist, a night-tripper & a sight-seer in your own city.

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YYD go Christmas Crackers!

August 17, 2007 at 2:45 pm (Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy)

nutcracker doll

David Nixon’s brand new version of The Nutcracker promises the ultimate Christmas adventure and dancers from the Yorkshire Young Dancers scheme will be helping to create the magic, performing with the Company in Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds. Rehearsals are already underway. Full tour dates for The Nutcracker are available HERE

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Summer schools update

August 10, 2007 at 3:23 pm (Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy)

This week is an intensive training week for students on our Yorkshire Young Dancers’ scheme. NBT is the first Centre for Advanced Training in the country, in partnership with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and the only one for Classical dance. During the week they will take part in classical ballet and contemporary classes as well as learning some dances from the repertoire

It is also the final week of training for students on our International Summer School who have been strengthening and improving their classical, contemporary and jazz techniques at the Northern Ballet Theatre studios in Leeds.

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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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