Charmed, I’m sure

May 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm (Company News, Events, Fundraising, General Information, Marketing and PR News)

NBT Dancers Martha Leebolt and Toby Batley wear Azendi jewellery at the Leeds store

Last night NBT and Azendi launched their unique new partnership with a special event at Azendi’s store in Leeds. The new partnership will see Azendi designing jewellery for future productions as well as creating an exclusive range of sterling silver ballet charms to support the development of NBT’s new home in Leeds.

NBT dancers Rym Kechacha and Georgina May with NBT Chief Executive Mark Skipper

The range of twelve charms includes the an enamelled fan from NBT’s Madame Butterfly, the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, a swan from Swan Lake, pointe shoes and a ballerina’s tutu to name but a few.

Azendi’s range of ballet charms will be on sale from early July both online and across the Company’s 18 stores in the UK. 20% of all profits made from the charms will be donated to momentum, NBT’s fundraising campaign for a new purpose-built home in the centre of Leeds.

Like NBT, Azendi takes pride in its Yorkshire heritage and has had success taking its brands across the UK. It is hoped this new partnership will provide both organisations with more opportunities to reach new audiences, perfectly aligning their visually stunning products and high quality brands.

Ian Jones, Managing Director of Azendi said, “We are delighted to announce the beginning of an exciting working partnership between Azendi and NBT. We believe there is a strong alignment between our two brands, both taking inspiration from a wide range of areas, classical and contemporary. Our philosophy is a close fit with the qualities NBT embodies; passion, attention to detail, creativity, fine workmanship and elegance.”

Mark Skipper, NBT Chief Executive agreed, “There are many reasons as to why our alliance makes such perfect sense, we both share a number of the same values and we look forward to seeing how the partnership develops.”

Have a look at our Cleopatra mini site to see how you could win the stunning Azendi Cubist necklace worth £385, as seen in the sneak peak picture of Cleopatra.

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Running for momentum

May 10, 2010 at 9:43 am (Fundraising, General Information, momentum) (, , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre’s Director of Communications, Laraine Penson, has completed her two weekend challenge of running more than 23 miles in two separate race events while raising money for momentum, NBT’s capital fundraising campaign. She completed the Bluebell 10 mile race around Calderdale in 1hr and 53 mins and the Leeds half marathon this weekend in 1hr and 59mins. Laraine raised £440.00 for momentum.

Laraine said, “I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. My legs ache a bit today but both races were really enjoyable. It was great to see so many people running, having fun and raising thousands of pounds for charity.”

Donations can still be made on-line at

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Latest Images From Our New Building

January 29, 2010 at 10:30 am (Fundraising, General Information, momentum) (, , , , , , , )

Work is progressing apace on our new home in the heart of Leeds. During a site visit by members of our board, Mark Skipper and Judith Hartley we caught the progress on camera…

See more photos from the visit…

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Memories in the Making

December 22, 2009 at 11:31 am (Friends News, Fundraising) (, )

2009 has been a wonderful year for Northern Ballet Theatre and a chance to reflect on our many achievements over the past 40 years. We asked some of our contacts in the press to tell us about their favourite NBT moments and memories and these are just a few:

Jayne Regan’s amazingly poignant Juliet – when she curls into a foetal position at her death the audience sat in stunned silence, apart from sobs, before the roars of approval; the moment when the thunderstorm breaks and the rain pelts down over the body of Tybalt and Lady Capulet; Jeremy Kerridge’s dazzling Mercutio and inimitable Scrooge; Denis Malinkine gliding down the staircase in the Brotherston designed Dracula; Keiko Amemori dancing in despair as doomed Butterfly in Nixon’s powerful solo; the marvellous score for A Christmas Carol with its live voices and final snow scene; the inventive sets and Miss Havisham perched on her conch-like tower in Great Expectations; Jonathan Olivier smouldering in leather as Heathcliff; the train puffing out of the station and all the brilliant slapstick of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Michael Pink’s haunting Strange Meeting.

I will never forget when I was with the company in Istanbul with Romeo &Juliet and we heard of Princess Diana’s death. Christopher came on stage in the amphitheatre overlooking the Bosphorus and paid tribute to her. It was pouring with rain and thousands of people were wearing plastic macs provided by the venue and all you could hear was dripping and sobbing. The next day we went to the British Consulate for a service. Members of the orchestra played and in the book of condolence Massimo Moricone wrote: “Amor Vincit Omnia”.
Stephanie Ferguson
Dance Critic and member of the Critics Circle

I remember the first time I saw NBT’s Dracula when it premiered in 2005. It was also the first ballet my partner had seen and he came out of it absolutely entranced. I love it when I invite someone who has never considered going to see dance before and they come out of it inspired and completely transformed in their views. The absorbing sensuality of NBT’s Dracula remains a sure hit for such occasions.
Ali Schofield, Leeds Guide, Plush Magazine

I have many favourite moments watching NBT, but I particularly love David Nixon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I think the solo where Hippolyta is saying a heartbreaking farewell to her dancing shoes is very moving and wonderful. I also love the way the studio converts into a train in seconds, and the frantic foursome with Helena and co is very funny.
David Bellan, Oxford Times

I have always loved the Northern Ballet Theatre’s version of A Christmas Carol and always look forward to seeing that at Christmas. It’s such a lovely show and makes me feel really festive. My sister worked behind the scenes on the show, back in the early 1990s, and I first went to see it then. It blew me away. I’m sad that I never got to see A Simple Man but I have loved many other productions, particularly Peter Pan – a great show for children – and Romeo & Juliet which is one of the most moving ballets I’ve ever seen.
Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus

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Scrooge brings festive cheer to young patients in Leeds

December 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm (Company News, Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , )

Some very special guests attended Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday. Young patients from Leeds Teaching Hospitals came to see Northern Ballet Theatre’s A Christmas Carol at which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from mealy-mouthed skin-flint to the most famous champion of Christmas spirit.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

After the show the young patients were joined by Scrooge and other characters from the production for a VIP tea party and games. The patients, their families and staff were treated to tickets to the performance and the tea party courtesy of NBT sponsor, Accenture.

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Sharon Edwards from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals says: “We cannot thank NBT and Accenture enough for giving some of our younger patients the opportunity to go along and see a performance of A Christmas Carol. What a magical experience it was, especially as they got to meet some of the cast, their little faces were such a picture! The patients who came along all have long-term illnesses and conditions and are regularly receive treatment here. On behalf of all the children and their families, a very big thank you.”

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

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Nottingham’s Favourite Ballet Company Delighted With Donations

November 25, 2009 at 11:21 am (Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , , )

Nottingham audiences at performances of Northern Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) A Christmas Carol proved that there were no Scrooges among them with their generous donations to momentum, NBT’s fundraising campaign for a purpose built home on Quarry Hill in central Leeds.

Dancers in costume held collection buckets at the exit doors after performances throughout the week and a staggering £3,936.00 was donated. NBT is truly grateful for this support from its Nottingham audiences. The Company has been touring to Nottingham for the past 20 years and always receives a warm welcome at the Theatre Royal.

The Company’s new building in Leeds will be a powerhouse for dance – the largest space for dance outside of London. Bringing together two of the UK’s leading dance companies, NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre, it will be the only dance centre to house a national classical and a national contemporary dance company alongside each another. It will also be home to the NBT Academy and to Leeds Metropolitan’s new Dance Degree classes.

Everyone at NBT would like to say thank you to everyone who gave so generously. The total amount received or pledged towards momentum now stands at £1,462,441.72 of our £1.5million target.

NBT returns to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 13 to 17 May with its stunning production of Peter Pan a production that fascinates children and adults alike with its tale of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, pirates, fairy dust, crocodiles and of course Captain Hook.

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Northern Ballet Theatre Charity Auctions

November 25, 2009 at 11:13 am (Fundraising, General Information)

We have just launched our second ebay auction. There are three very diverse lots, so hopefully something for everyone. You may find inspiration for that special Christmas present.

We have a signed limited edition print by renowned watercolour artist Ashley Jackson. With the current global markets investing in art is a hot trend and allows you to enjoy something tangible. The print is of The Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor and is in perfect condition. This item has been very generously donated by the Yorkshire Society.

There is a family day to Harewood House for the 2010 season. This is one of the treasure houses of England. In addition to the fine art and beautiful landscapes it has a large children’s Adventure Playground and a famous Bird Garden.

Our final lot is for a VIP ballet afternoon. This includes lunch for two at the stylish Brasserie Blanc in Leeds, followed by a matinee performance by Northern Ballet Theatre, accompanied by Artistic Director David Nixon. David is an internationally recognized and award winning dance choreographer; this is a unique opportunity to hear first hand some fascinating insights into the performance.

All money raised will go directly to our momentum campaign for our new headquarters in Leeds City Centre.

Click the image to learn more about the momentum campaign...

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40th Anniversary Gala Update

November 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm (Artist's News, Events, Fundraising, momentum) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre is pleased to announce the artists for its 40th Anniversary Gala on 12 December at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. Artists from across the UK and Europe will perform in Leeds for one night only in recognition of NBT’s achievements and in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The following artists will join NBT and the NBT Orchestra for this unique event:

Eva Kolarova and Ramy Tadrous-Zaky from Ballet du Rhin will perform In the Mood For Love to music by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Nao Sakuma and Joseph Caley from Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Spring, a pas de deux from The Seasons, with choreography by David Bintley and music by Giuseppe Verdi.

English National Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov and Shiori Kase will perform an extract from Le Corsaire.

Noelani Pantastico and Asier Uriagereka from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will perform the Act 1 Balcony pas de deux from Romeo & Juliet choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot to music by Sergei Prokofiev.

Phoenix Dance Theatre presents Fast Lane, Sharon Watson’s first choreographic work since becoming Artistic Director. Josh Wille, Azzurra Ardovini, Philip Sanger, Amanda Lewis and Judith Clijsters will perform to music by Peter S Jones.

Rambert Dance Company presents an excerpt from A Linha Curva which made its UK première as part of the Sadler’s Wells spring season in May 2009. Estela Merlos, Robin Gladwin, Miguel Altunaga, Jonathan Goddard, Thomasin Gulgec and Eryck Brahmania will dance Itzik Galili’s choreography.

The Royal Ballet’s Principal Dancers Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson will perform Manon Act 1, Scene 2 (Bedroom pas de deux) with choreography by Kenneth Macmillan to music by Jules Massenet.

Stuttgart Ballet’s First Soloists Sue Jin Kang and Filip Barankiewicz will perform the Taming of the Shrew (Kampf pas de deux, Act 1) to music by Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Domenico Scarlatti.

Arman Grigoryan, Principal Dancer with the Zurich Ballet will also perform at the Gala.

NBT presents two new works: On Such a Night choreographed especially for the Gala by Gillian Lynne to music by Stephen Sondheim; and Powerhouse Rhumba by NBT’s Artistic Director, David Nixon to music by Graham Koehne. NBT will also perform Ossein by Wayne McGregor, Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Artistic Director of Random Dance Company to music by JS Bach.

Tickets for the Gala are priced £25 – £60 to include a complimentary glass of champagne and a programme. Two fundraising dinners will take place after the Gala with tickets priced £150-£200 to include a champagne reception, the performance and a three course meal. First Direct, Harvey Nichols and City Inn (Leeds) are supporting the Gala event.

The 40th Anniversary Gala will raise funds for momentum, NBT’s capital campaign for a new purpose built headquarters in central Leeds with Phoenix Dance Theatre. The building is due for completion in August 2010.

Please note, whilst these are confirmed artists, the above is not the running order for the evening.

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Don’t Just Sit There!

October 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm (Fundraising)

imove has awarded £855,000 to three groundbreaking partnerships between leading Yorkshire-based organisations for the creation of an ambitious series of projects linking art and sport in exciting new ways in the run up to London 2012.  Inspired by the forthcoming Olympics, the imove Programme aims to transform the relationship between people in Yorkshire and their moving bodies through unique crossovers between culture, sport and physical education.

One of the projects, Don’t Just Sit There, will be led by Northern Ballet Theatre, and will include Education Leeds, College of Chinese Physical Culture, Rotherham-based Open Minds Theatre Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Marketing Leeds and the Rugby Football League. Together the partners will harness their resources to tackle issues arising from sedentary lifestyles.

Back row left to right: Paul Kaiserman, ArtForms, Education Leeds; Simon Wells, Open Minds Theatre Company; Michael Bursey, College of Chinese Physical Culture; front row left to right: Jordan Tansey, Hull FC, RFL; Amanda Lewis, Phoenix Dance Theatre; Megan Hughes, Northern Ballet Theatre

Back row left to right: Paul Kaiserman, ArtForms, Education Leeds; Simon Wells, Open Minds Theatre Company; Michael Bursey, College of Chinese Physical Culture; front row left to right: Jordan Tansey, Hull FC, RFL; Amanda Lewis, Phoenix Dance Theatre; Megan Hughes, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy. Photo Paul Floyd Blake.

The project aims to teach people about their bodies and increase participation in sport and physical activity using dance, physical theatre, music, sport and alternative movement forms. Planned activities include:

  • Spirit Alive – a child-led mini-sporting festival
  • Energisers – mass participation events aimed at adults and students, at the centre of which will be a rugby-pitch sized immersive, light-filled Colourscape structure
  • Work in schools across the region with artists in classical and contemporary dance, physical theatre, Chinese movement, music, Indian and African dance, West Indian Carnival and new Zealand Haka

Jon Ingham, NBT’s Director of Fundraising, said:

“The project will use dance, physical theatre, sport, carnival and music to share the Olympic experience and create a sense of excitement about the approaching Games. We will encourage people to get involved in cultural and sporting activities and become active participants, rather than merely observers.”

imove is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games. Yorkshire Forward and Arts Council England, Yorkshire, have also invested in the programme. For more information visit

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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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momentum Website Updated

May 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm (Company News, Fundraising, momentum)

As building work starts on site, we are pleased to announce that we have a new momentum website to keep you up to date with the latest developments.

See what the final building will look like and find out how you can support our campaign.

Visit the building-momentum website…

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40th Anniversary Brochure

April 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm (40th Anniversary, Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , )

NBT's 40th Anniversary Brochure, 40 Years in the Making

NBT's 40th Anniversary Book, 40 Years in the Making

We have produced a book to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

This is a beautiful celebratory volume, 40 Years in the Making, which spans NBT’s 40 year history.

With contributions from HRH The Duke of York, David Nixon and many more this is an invaluable addition to the library of dance and theatre lovers everywhere.

It only costs £10 (+P&P).

Click here to order your copy…

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Ground Breaking Event Great Success

April 21, 2009 at 11:34 am (Company News, Events, Friends News, Fundraising, General Information, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , )

Yesterday’s ground breaking ceremony was a great success. Friends and Patrons of Northern Ballet Theatre, supporters of our building project as well as members of the Board, staff and dancers from NBT and Phoenix gathered together on Quarry Hill in central Leeds to witness the ground breaking ceremony.

As the sun shone down Andrew Carter, Leader of Leeds City Council got proceedings underway with the ceremonial shovel and both Andrew and Andy Carver, Executive Director of Arts Council England, Yorkshire, gave speeches celebrating the partnerships coming together to make one of the most important cultural developments for Leeds a reality. Dancers David Ward and Rym Kechacha dressed in costumes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream enjoyed clambouring all over the JCB digger – I think everyone wanted to have a go at driving it but common sense prevailed. Mark Skipper spoke on behalf of everyone at NBT when he thanked all our partners and supporters who have given so generously to make our dream a reality. It does mean so much to us. You can add your support by donating through

Here’re some photos from the event taken by Lisa Stonehouse…

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Warming Up On New Building

April 20, 2009 at 9:21 am (Company News, Fundraising) (, , , )

Sharon Watson, NBT's Dairector of Learning & Access leading a team from Wates Construction in a dance session.

Sharon Watson, NBT's Dairector of Learning & Access leading a team from Wates Construction in a dance session.

Daragh Corcoran from BBC Radio Leeds interviewing NBT's Chief Executive, Mark Skipper.

Daragh Corcoran from BBC Radio Leeds interviewing NBT's Chief Executive, Mark Skipper.

To kick off the start of work on site of Northern Ballet Theatre’s new building with Phoenix Dance Theatre, NBT’s Director of Learning & Access Sharon Watson led a dance session for the team from Wates Construction. The whole thing was broadcast live on BBC Radio Leeds and as Sharon got the builders ready for their day on site, Radio Leeds’ Daragh Corcoran interviewed NBT’s Chief Executive Mark Skipper and Phil Harrison from Wates Construction.

You can listen again by clicking here, the interviews took place just after 8am.

For further information on the new building or to make a donation visit building-momentum.

Sharon Watson, NBT's Director of Learning & Access, leading the Wates Contruction Team in a dance session.

Sharon Watson, NBT's Director of Learning & Access, leading the Wates Contruction Team in a dance session.

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Breaking Ground on New Project

April 20, 2009 at 8:12 am (Company News, Events, Fundraising) (, , , , )

Artists Impression of New Building

Artists Impression of New Building

We’re delighted to be able to share some exciting news about our new building project. The ground breaking ceremony to mark work starting on site takes place this afternoon with representatives from NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre joined by Andrew Carter, the leader of Leeds City Council, Andy Carver, Executive Director of Arts Council England, Yorkshire, as well as partners from Leeds Metropolitan University, architects the Strategic Design Alliance and Wates Construction. Dancers dressed as fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream will also attend the ceremony. Photographs from the ground breaking ceremony will be on-line tomorrow.

We’re having a double celebration today because the momentum capital fundraising campaign has broken the £1million mark. We are now working hard to raise the remaining £500,000 of the £1.5million target. Help us reach our goal by donating on-line at building momentum

Read the full press release here [pdf].

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40th Anniversary Pages

March 12, 2009 at 9:29 am (40th Anniversary, Company News, Fundraising)

Martin Bell, Lori Gilchrist, David Ward and Georgina May
Martin Bell, Lori Gilchrist, David Ward and Georgina May

We’ve added a whole new section to dedicated to our 40th anniversary.

You can visit these pages to learn fantastic facts about NBT, news and announcements of special events and performaces we’ll be hosting to celebrate our birthday.

Northern Ballet Theatre’s 40th Anniversary

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A thank you to our audiences

January 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm (Fundraising, General Information)

We would like like to thank all the audience members at performances of The Nutcracker in Leeds who donated so generously to our momentum campaign. At each curtain call dancers from the Company made a personal appeal to the audience for support towards momentum, NBT’s fundraising campaign for a new building on Quarry Hill in central Leeds. Dancers in costume held collection buckets at the exit doors and in total a staggering £18,309 was raised.
If you made a donation and did not complete a gift aid form you can do so now by completing the attached form and sending it to us. By claiming gift aid we are able to make your donation go further.
Gift Aid Declaration
Thank you again to everyone who gave so generously. The fundraising total for momentum now stands at just over £900,000 of our £1.5million target.
We’re also delighted to tell you that we recorded our most successful performance season ever at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. More than 21,600 people attended 16 performances of The Nutcracker between 17-31 December, an average of 1,351 people per performance.

Thank you for your continued support from us all at NBT.

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New building for dance given green light by planners

October 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm (Company News, Fundraising, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Planners at Leeds City Council have given the green light to plans for a new centre of excellence for dance in Leeds. The new building will be home to Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Phoenix Dance Theatre (Phoenix) and will be built on Quarry Hill next to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, the BBC and the Leeds College of Music. The designs by the Strategic Design Alliance, a partnership of Jacobs Architecture and Leeds City Council’s in-house architectural consultancy, were passed at a planning meeting earlier today.


The ambitious plans are for a six-storey building consisting of seven dance studios including a 200-seat studio theatre, office space, a health suite and a costume workshop. Alongside the two professional companies the building will eventually house a full-time classical dance school as well as Leeds Metropolitan University’s dance degree courses. The building will open in summer 2010.


In February NBT and Phoenix launched momentum, the campaign to raise the remaining £1.5million of the £12million building. To date the campaign has raised more than £800,000 from a number of trusts, foundations and individual donors. Mark Skipper, NBT’s Chief Executive is spearheading the momentum campaign:  “The planning decision means that we have reached a key milestone in this project’s progress. With building work due to start on site in four months time we are now looking for a number of businesses and individual donors to step forward and help us meet our fundraising target and achieve our ambitions.” Anyone wishing to support the momentum campaign should visit or contact Melanie Aram at NBT at


The new building has received wide support from across the region with Leeds City Council investing £6.7million, including a contribution from Yorkshire Forward, and Arts Council England, Yorkshire investing £3.5million through the National Lottery.


Andy Carver, Executive Director of Arts Council England, Yorkshire said: “It’s great news that this exciting project has reached such a significant milestone. ­Two of the country’s leading dance companies will have a state-of-the-art new home in Leeds, bringing great dance to many more people in Yorkshire and beyond.”

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Gaining momentum

September 9, 2008 at 10:38 am (Company News, Events, Fundraising) (, , , , )

Over 100 guests including the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Frank Robinson enjoyed an evening with Northern Ballet Theatre at the West Yorkshire Playhouse at an event to support our momentum campaign. Our guests attended a pre-performance reception where we had the opportunity to tell them all about the project and give the first showing of our new animated film of the building.

NBT’s Artistic Director David Nixon, Chief Executive Mark Skipper and NBT Board member, Denise Jagger spoke about the importance of the new building to the Company, asking individuals and the business community to support a bright future for dance and give to the campaign

Paul Harness

Our guests then enjoyed a performance of A Tale of Two Cities, NBT’s new full-length ballet based on Dickens’ classic novel, created by guest choreographer and ex-Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, Cathy Marston. 

During the interval NBT’s Classical Training students gave short demonstrations of their work which will be greatly enhanced by our purpose-built facilties. It is our aim to eventually run a full-time classical dance school from the new building giving talented young people from across Yorkshire the opportunity to pursue their dancing ambitions without having to leave home.

Paul Harness

“The changes and developments taking place in Leeds are breathtaking and the physical investment in the cultural life of the city, for example at the Grand Theatre and Leeds Museum, is clear to see. Our new building for dance is a part of that and as such it will be a source of pride, a symbol of a brave and confident city whose people and business leaders make great things happen and dreams come true.” Mark Skipper, NBT Chief Executive

Help us make that dream a reality, give now to momentum.


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New momentum videos

September 4, 2008 at 11:18 am (Company News, Friends News, Fundraising) (, , , , , , , , )

Building Momentum website

There are two new videos from the architects on the momentum website, for a sneaky preview of what the new studios, performance spaces and other facilities will look like.

Watch the videos and find out how you can help us jump the last hurdle…

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Public art for our new dance centre

July 24, 2008 at 10:48 am (Company News, Fundraising) (, , , , , , , , , )

The search is on for an artist to create an artwork especially for our new building.

An exciting part of the plans for NBT’s capital project is the commissioning of a piece or pieces of Public Art to be incorporated within the building. The commission forms part of Leeds City Councils ambitious Public Art plans and, along with the exhibition space, extends even further what the new building will have to offer the communities of Leeds and the north of England.

There is a broad brief for the Public Art commission, it could be anything and use any medium, other than water. There are three potential locations identified by the design team for the public art: the entrance area, the glazing to the south façade, and the projecting balconies to the south façade.

Leeds City Council has started the procurement process and an artist should be appointed in October. For artists wishing to enter the procurement process the deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Monday 11 August, visit: to sign up.

Enquiries about the tender website/process to Julie Brennen, Procurement Unit, email tel: 0113 24 74088


For more information on the planned building, and to find out how to help us realise it visit

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Next step in giant leap of faith

June 9, 2008 at 9:59 am (Company News, Fundraising) (, , , , , )


Read an article about our new building from the Yorkshire Post magazine, published on Saturday 7 June …

“The new, as yet un-named building, will be the only centre in the UK to house a contemporary dance company alongside a classical narrative one, with a school and a dance degree course. NBT’s orchestra will also benefit from the new facilities with the chance to do in-house recordings of commissioned scores and the possibility of lunch-time recitals by the musicians. Mark Skipper (NBT Chief Executive) adds: “The new dance centre and more importantly what will take place inside it, will establish Leeds as a powerhouse for dance in the UK… it will be source of pride for the wider community, everyone in Yorkshire and beyond who values our work.”

Read the whole article here

Visit the Momentum website


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Development in our campaign for a new building

May 27, 2008 at 10:21 am (Company News, Fundraising) (, )


Our campaign for a new building in central Leeds with Phoenix Dance Theatre took an important step forward last week when Leeds City Council announced that it will be working with Wates Construction as the preferred participating contractor.


As the project moves through the design process, Wates will work with the architects to develop the design proposals, solve any potential logistical problems and cost the building construction.


Our fundraising campaign, momentum, the campaign to raise the final £1.5 million required to complete the £12million project, continues to gather pace. For further information and to make your donation visit

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More Momentum Launch Images

March 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm (Events, Fundraising) (, , , , , , , , )

HRH Earl of Wessex, NBT's Royal Patron. Photograph by Lisa Stonehouse

More photographs of the Momentum Launch event last month can now be found on the new Momentum website.
The events gallery can be found here:

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Momentum Launch

February 22, 2008 at 10:41 am (Company News, Events, Fundraising) (, , , , , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre revealed a stunning new vision for a centre of excellence for dance in Leeds last night at the launch of momentum, the campaign to raise the remaining funds required for the new buidling. HRH The Earl of Wessex attended the launch where new designs by the Strategic Design Alliance, a partnership of Jacobs and Leeds City Council’s in-house architects, were unveiled. In addition, Leeds Metropolitan University announced that it is investing in the new dance centre in an exciting partnership with NBT and Phoenix.

Read the full press release.

A new fundraising website was also launched yesterday to help raise funds for the momentum project.

Click here to visit the new site

Photographs of the launch:

Momentum Launch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Momentum Launch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Momentum Launch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Momentum Lauch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Momentum Lauch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Momentum Lauch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Momentum Lauch. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

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Building Project gains ‘Momentum’

January 11, 2008 at 11:19 am (Company News, Friends News, Fundraising) (, , , , , )


NBT’s new building project gains ‘Momentum’

Good progress is being made on the development of our new home on Quarry Hill in central Leeds with Phoenix Dance Theatre. The internal layouts for the building are taking shape and our Architects, Jacobs, are currently working on the external look of the building. Early discussions with Leeds City Council Planning department have been positive and an informal presentation of the design and layout is scheduled to take place on 30 January with the Chief Planning Officer to gauge further support.

The formal OJEU Notice (basically an advertisement asking for expressions of interest to become the building Contractor) has been posted with a deadline of 13 February for expressions of interest.

At this stage we are reasonably happy that the design is within budget but our Quantity Surveyor will carry out a cost check in mid-February just to be sure.

Building work is currently scheduled to start on site in February 2009 for completion in May 2010.

The building is costing £12million and the good news is that we’ve raised £10.5million of that. We still need to raise £1.5million by the end of 2009 and to make sure we do that we are launching Momentum, our capital fundraising campaign. The fundraising launch will take place on 21 February at an event which will be attended by NBT’s Royal Patron – HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, KCVO. There will be many ways in which our supporters can contribute to the campaign including naming rights to the building, naming of the studio theatre, rehearsal studios or even seats within the theatre.

Watch this space for further updates about the new building and Momentum.

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Yorkshire school pupils dance for joy at new partnership

December 4, 2007 at 12:33 pm (Company News, Fundraising) (, , , , , , )

NBT dancers Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt meet pupils from Withinfields Primary School

NBT dancers Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt meet pupils from Withinfields Primary School: (from L-R) Emily Rushton (aged 10), Lewis Houghton (aged 11), Samantha Kaye (aged 10), Sam Redman (aged 9) and Charlotte Ward (aged 10), with Alex Barnett from the Halifax. Photo credit: Tom Martin.

As part of NBT’s new partnership with the Halifax, pupils from Withinfields Primary School attended a matinee performance of The Nutcracker at Leeds Grand Theatre. NBT Dancers Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt were on hand to welcome the pupils to the theatre and talk to them about their dance experiences. Also on hand was Alex Barnett, from the Halifax who said, “We are delighted to be embarking on this new partnership with the North’s premier ballet company. We are committed to investing in the local community, and this partnership will help us support the delivery of high quality and accessible arts activities for young people in Yorkshire.” For more information about our new project supported by the Halifax click here.

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The Sugar Plum Fairy goes Christmas Shopping!

November 7, 2007 at 11:44 am (Artist's News, Fundraising, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , )

The Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker kicked-off her Christmas shopping last week at Fenwick department store in York. NBT Dancer Julie Charlet delighted staff, shoppers and a group of aspiring young ballet dancers from Isobel Dunn dance school in York when she made a surprise in-store appearance. Julie was promoting the Leeds performances of The Nutcracker (Leeds Grand Theatre, 27 Nov-8 Dec).
Fenwick is a valued sponsor of NBT and is running an in-store colouring competition to win tickets to see The Nutcracker in Leeds. Nicola Johnson, Managing Director at Fenwick, was delighted to see Julie surprising her customers, “We’ve always tried to support the arts in Yorkshire – I’m a keen ballet fan myself – and to have the Sugar Plum Fairy here at Fenwick York today is the cherry on the cake”. Photo credit: Lisa Stonehouse

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Building Project Statement – 03/08/07

August 3, 2007 at 2:26 pm (Company News, Fundraising)

New Building Project:

 We were very disappointed that for various reasons it became impossible for us to continue working with Rushbond to develop a new purpose-built home for NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre in the centre of Leeds.

We are extremely grateful to Leeds City Council who have reviewed the delivery options and agreed to take responsibility for the development. This includes an additional injection of £3M of funding and Project Management provided by the Council. This increases the Council’s contribution to more than £7M.

£3.5M will come from Arts Council England through Lottery funding and the balance of the £11.675M estimated cost will come from NBT and PDT fundraising. A major appeal will be launched shortly.

The City Council’s strategic design alliance has started work on the design of the new building which will be located on Quarry Hill.

Further details will be added to the website as the project develops in the coming months…  Update available here.

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