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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Ballet Chief Executive named as a new Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

July 5, 2010 at 9:00 am (Company News, General Information, Marketing and PR News)

Mark Skipper with medal of office.NBT’s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper, has been named as a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire appointed Mark for his contribution to the county in a voluntary capacity.

The Lord-Lieutenant may appoint a Deputy Lieutenant with the Queen’s approval to assist her when appropriate. Mark joins a distinguished list of Deputy Lord Lieutenants, all receiving approval by the Queen for their appointment.

Mark says, “It’s a great honour to have been selected to represent the county in this way. I look forward to carrying out the role to the best of my ability. It is a great achievement that someone from the world of arts is carrying out this important function.”

As the sovereign’s representative in the county, the Lieutenant is required to meet and attend the monarch and members of the royal family on visits to the county and to fulfil a range of ceremonial functions on behalf of the Crown, such as the inspection of troops, attendance at church services, the presentation of honours, awards and medals, and the presidency of non-political and charitable organisations.

Mark Skipper

Mark has been Chief Executive of NBT for more than 10 years. He is a prominent member of the national dance community and during his time with NBT the company has been catapulted to the top ranks of dance in the UK, winning many awards and accolades for its productions and partnerships. Mark has spearheaded NBT’s campaign for a new purpose-built headquarters in central Leeds. This long-held ambition will be realised this autumn when NBT moves into the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.

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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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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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Larger than life dancers decorate city centre site

October 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm (Marketing and PR News, momentum)

Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre Dancers in front of the new hoardings

Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre Dancers in front of the new hoardings (Photo: Justin Slee)

Striking hoardings featuring dancers from Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre have been revealed around the site of the new home for both Companies on Quarry Hill in the centre of Leeds.

Northern Ballet Theatre and Marketing Leeds have worked together to develop the hoardings which have been designed to raise profile of the new centre for dance, and for momentum, the campaign to raise funds for the completion of the building. The hoardings run along York Street and celebrate Leeds’ status as an important city for dance.

Northern Ballet Theatre Dancers in front of the new hoardings

Northern Ballet Theatre Dancers in front of the new hoardings... (Photo: Justin Slee)

Mark Skipper, Chief Executive of NBT explained:
“We wanted to let people know that the building taking shape on Quarry Hill is going to be an important centre for dance in the UK. Our new building is a symbol that Leeds is a bold, creative and diverse city with the foresight to invest in the country’s fastest growing art form. The artwork is a great opportunity to celebrate this and to acknowledge the people who have supported the momentum campaign so generously. We’re delighted Marketing Leeds has added their support to this venture.”

The new centre for dance will be completed in August 2010 and open officially in January 2011. It will be the headquarters for Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre as well as the Northern Ballet Theatre Academy and will also be home to Leeds Metropolitan University dance degree courses.

Northern Ballet Theatre dancers in front of the new hoardings

Northern Ballet Theatre dancers in front of the new hoardings... (Photo: Justin Slee)

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New Dracula Production Shots…

September 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm (General Information, Marketing and PR News)

These brand new production shots were taken at the West Yorkshire Playhouse ahead of the first public showing of Dracula.

Dracula is showing until the 19th of September and tickets are going fast…

To see larger versions of these pictures visit the gallery on our website.

Jonathan & Dracula's Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Jonathan & Dracula's Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Jonathan & the Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Jonathan & the Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Dracula and Mina

Dracula and Mina (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Lucy Rising From The Grave

Lucy Rising From The Grave (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

I Am Dracula (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

I Am Dracula (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Dracula & His Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Dracula & His Brides (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

 Artist Credits:

For more pictures of the Dracula production, behind the scenes shots, interviews and more visit the Dracula pages on Northern Ballet Theatre’s website.

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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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NBT win National Dance Award

January 20, 2009 at 8:47 am (Company News, Events, Marketing and PR News)

David Nixon receives the award from Dame Beryl Grey. Photo by John Ross

David Nixon receives the award from Dame Beryl Grey. Photo by John Ross

We’re delighted to be able to able to tell you that Northern Ballet Theatre has received the coveted Patron’s Award of the 2008 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. The Award is chosen by legendary ballerina Dame Beryl Grey, Patron of the National Dance Awards. Dame Beryl presented the Award to David Nixon, NBT’s Artistic Director, recently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Previous winners of the Patron’s Award are Darcey Bussell (2007) and the BBC1 series Strictly Come Dancing (2006).

The Patron’s Awards is given to an individual or organisation that has significantly furthered the cause of dance in the UK.

Dame Beryl Grey said: “I decided to give the 2008 Patron’s Award to NBT in recognition of the contribution the Company has made to raising the profile of dance in the UK. From its beginnings as England’s only regionally-based dance company it has attained its place as one of the country’s leading forces for dance, touring widely and performing for audiences who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience diverse programmes of ballet of the highest quality.”

On receiving the award David Nixon said, “It is an honour to have been chosen by Dame Beryl Grey as the recipient of this year’s Patron’s Award. I am so pleased that the tireless work of NBT has been recognised through the Award. There could be no better way to begin our 40th anniversary year.”

NBT has been nominated in a number of categories at the National Dance Awards in the past and received the Audience Award for three consecutive years (2004, 2005 and 2006). The Audience Award was the only award voted for by the public. This year’s Awards will take place on Monday 26 January, 1.40pm, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Free tickets for the Awards ceremony can be obtained by calling Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 0844 412 4300.

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Spend a year with NBT – 2009 desk calendar on sale now

November 13, 2008 at 11:13 am (General Information, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , )

La Bayadere photoshoot photo by HANSON

Wuthering Heights ballet photoshoot photo by HANSON

Northern Ballet Theatre’s 2009 desk calendar is on sale now. Featuring stunning photography from our forthcoming repertoire by exceptional photographers such as Steve Hanson, Bill Cooper, Merlin Hendy and Darren Goldsmith, and priced at £4 per calendar plus postage, the calendar is an excellent Christmas gift.

To place an order please write to NBT enclosing your name, delivery address and contact phone number. Please tell us how many calendars you would like to order and enclose a cheque (made payable to Northern Ballet Theatre Ltd) for the full amount including postage (see rates below).

Send your order to:
2009 Calendar
Northern Ballet Theatre
West Park Centre
Spen Lane
Leeds, LS16 5BE

Please note we are currently unable to accept credit/debit card orders.

Postage rates per order:
1 calendar = 56p postage
2 calendars = 81p postage
3 calendars = £1.41 postage
4 calendars = £1.76 postage
5 calendars = £1.76 postage

All calendars will be posted second class.

Special offer for the Friends of NBT
For any orders of 4 or more calendars we’ll give you 1 calendar free. Please include your Friends membership number in your order.

Price of calendar includes VAT at 17.5%
Charity No: 259140
VAT No: 146 6307 66
Company Registration No: 947096
Registered in England and Wales

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream up for award

November 3, 2008 at 11:24 am (Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , )

NBTs A Midsummer Nights Dream ballet

We’re delighted to once again have been nominated for a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for David Nixon’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Palace Theatre.

Also nominated in the dance category of the MEN awards are Don Quixote, from the Kirov Ballet at The Lowry, Nederlands Dans Theater, at The Lowry and
Push, with Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant at The Lowry. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony featuring stars of stage and screen on December 2 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

NBT won the dance category last year for David Nixon’s production of The Three Musketeers.

You can read all the nominations on the MEN site

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Nutcracker Programme available for Download

October 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm (General Information, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker

David Nixon’s magical ballet returns to the stage this season, visiting Hull, Woking, Milton Keynes, Bath and Leeds over Christmas.
For a more detailed look at this production before you book, you can watch the trailer and download the programme here.

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New Nutcracker E-Flyer

October 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm (Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre presents David Nixon's The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker – On Tour this Autumn Winter Season

The production will be visiting Hull, Woking, Milton Keynes, Bath and Leeds between now and Christmas.
Click here for full tour details

Watch the E-Flyer

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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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Russian dance for new museum

September 19, 2008 at 11:57 am (Artist's News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

Photograph by Brian Slater

NBT Dancers John Hull, David Ward, Thomas Aragones, Sebastian Loe and Ben Mitchell performed the Chinese and Russian dances from The Nutcracker in Leeds’ City Square to help celebrate the opening of the new City Museum. The museum will feature a costume from NBT’s A Sleeping Beauty Tale and the chance to discover dancer Lori Gilchrist’s dance journey.

NBT will visit Leeds Grand Theatre with performances of The Nutcracker from 17-31 December 2008.

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A Tale of Two Cities

September 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm (General Information, Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here are some production images from A Tale of Two Cities. All photos are by Alastair Muir.

Keiko Amemori as Lucie and Tobias Batley as Charles 

Hironao Takahashi as Dr Manette and Keiko Amemori as Lucie

Kenneth Tindall as Charles and Keiko Amemori as Lucie

Tobias Batley as Charles and Victoria Sibson as Madam Defarge 

Kenneth Tindall as Sydney and Martha Leebolt as the girl at the docks

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A Tale of Two Cities Première at the WYP

September 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm (Company News, Events, Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , )

A Tale of Two Cities programme cover - Photography HANSON - Design Mick Schofield

Saturday the 30th of August saw NBT’s brand new production, Cathy Marston’s A Tale of Two Cities ballet, première at Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse. Photographs of the production should follow tomorrow, here are a few other photos of the event.

Photography - Mick Schofield

The West Yorkshire Playhouse

Photography - Mick Schofield

Photography - Mick Schofield

Photography - Mick Schofield

Speech: Artistic Director David Nixon thanks choreographer Cathy Marston

Photography - Mick Schofield

Judith Donovan CBE (from the Board of Directors) wishes NBT Chairman, Councillor Bernard Atha CBE, a happy 80th birthday!

Photography - Mick Schofield

…cutting the cake.

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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.

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A Tale of Two Cities wallpaper

July 28, 2008 at 9:20 am (Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , )

Wallpaper - Design Mick Schofield - Photography Hanson

Give your desktop background a lift with our new A Tale of Two Cities wallpaper…

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New Nutcracker Stuff!

July 14, 2008 at 11:33 am (Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , , )

The Nutcracker. Poster design Mick Schofield

Northern Ballet Theatre’s Autumn/Winter Tour sees the return of David Nixon’s sparkling festive favourite, The Nutcracker

The production will be visiting the following theatres around the UK: 

Hull, New Theatre –  4-8 November 08
Woking, New Victoria Theatre –  11-15 November 08
Milton Keynes Theatre –  25-29 November 08
Bath, Theatre Royal –  2-6 December 08
Leeds, Grand Theatre –  17-31 December 08

To book tickets and to see the new gallery visit the recently renovated Nutcracker production pages

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A Tale of Two Cities – Costume & Set Preview!

July 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm (Artist's News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , )

A Tale of Two Cities - Costume Design - Jon Bausor

A Tale of Two Cities - Set Design - Jon Bausor

Exclusive galleries of Northern Ballet Theatre’s forthcoming production, A Tale of Two Cities, by Cathy Marston. To see some more of Jon Bausor’s designs and to book tickets etc. have a look at the new pages for the production here.


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Gallery 37 Plus Flyer

July 7, 2008 at 9:43 am (Learning & Access, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

Click to enlarge...

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End of season update

July 1, 2008 at 11:57 am (Artist's News, Company News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

Artistic Director news

The National Ballet of Slovenia has invited NBT’s Artistic Director David Nixon to recreate his version of The Nutcracker on the Company, which will première on 7 November 2008. The Estonian National Ballet has invited David to recreate The Three Musketeers, which will première in April 2009. This spring, David returned to BalletMet, Ohio, to oversee the revival of his Romeo & Juliet for the Company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. David was identified as one of BalletMet’s 30 Pearls in recognition of his contribution to the Company as Artistic Director. David also formally opened the Latimer Dance Space in London, choreographed Steps to Bach for Ballet Central, and was a regional judge for the Royal Academy of Dance’s ‘Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancers Competition’ with NBT Leading Soloist Pippa Moore.


New dancers and departures

Joining NBT this summer are dancers Graham Kotowich from the National Ballet School of Canada; James Pickup from the Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux; and Yoshihisa Arai from the Royal Ballet School. Three new apprentices are also joining NBT: Rym Kechacha, a graduate of the Central School of Ballet, and Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Brice Asnar who are graduates of the Royal Ballet School. Dancers Chantelle Gotobed, Sarah Kundi and Kieran Stoneley are leaving the Company.



Victoria Sibson, Martin Bell and Tobias Batley have been promoted to Junior Soloists, Ashley Dixon to Coryphée and, following their apprenticeships, Thomas Aragones, Rachael Gillespie, Ben Mitchell and Jessica Morgan enter the Company as 1st year dancers.


Visit our news pages for the full story:


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New Directors for Northern Ballet Theatre

June 26, 2008 at 9:21 am (Company News, Friends News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

Alan Harrison, John Procter, Denise Jagger 

Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors: Alan Harrison, Director of Information Technology at Yorkshire Water; Denise Jagger, a partner at international law firm Eversheds; and Leeds Councillor John Procter.

Mark Skipper, Chief Executive of NBT said of the new appointments: “I would like to welcome Alan, Denise and John to NBT’s Board of Directors. They are experts in their respective professional fields and have a passion for the arts and we are delighted that they have chosen to share this with us…”

Read the full press release

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NBT presents A Tale of Two Cities

May 29, 2008 at 9:26 am (Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

A Tale of Two Cities poster

British choreographer Cathy Marston is creating a new full-length production for Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) based on Charles Dickens’ epic novel A Tale of Two Cities. The ballet has its première at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from Saturday 30 August to Saturday 6 September before touring to Nottingham and Sheffield.

Cathy’s interpretation of Dickens’ literary masterpiece focuses on the relationship between the three central characters, Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette, whose lives are inextricably caught up in the French revolution. Drawing on Cathy’s background in both classical and contemporary dance, A Tale of Two Cities will explore the central themes of fate, redemption, sacrifice and revenge.

Read the rest of the press release here…

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The Dream in Manchester – Ballet Fashion Shoot!

May 19, 2008 at 10:57 am (Artist's News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , )

Georgina May, Yi Song, Michaela Paolacci, David Ward. Photography by Sean Wilton

Four of NBT’s dancers took part in a fashion shoot for the Manchester Evening News ahead of performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Palace Theatre last week.

Georgina May, Yi Song, Michela Paolacci and David Ward posed in beautiful 1940s costumes from the production at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, sometimes getting right down to their stylish smalls! (Photos: Sean Wilton)

Sean Wilton

The pictures accompanied Helen Tither’s article interview with David Nixon who not only choreographed the ballet but also designed the costumes. HERE

Click here to read a review of the first night performance at the Palace

Sean Wilton

Sean Wilton


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A Midsummer Night’s Dream reviewed in Culture Northern Ireland

April 17, 2008 at 9:50 am (Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , )

Merlin Hendy

“Graeme Stewart slips on his dancing shoes for an extraordinary night at the Grand Opera House

Northern Ballet Theatre have achieved something extraordinary with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They have taken one of English literature’s best-loved plays, changing nothing and everything at the same time.

With a creative team including artistic director David Nixon, set designer Duncan Hayler and music director John Pryce-Jones, the production is a stunning display of visual and musical delights, and certainly one of the best contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare’s masterpiece…”

Read the rest of the review 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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Hamlet Trailer on YouTube

March 20, 2008 at 11:34 am (Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , , )

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New Hamlet Trailer

March 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm (Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , , , )

Images from the new trailer for NBT's Hamlet

NBT have produced a new trailer for their production of Hamlet, in the run-up to taking the ballet to Sadler’s Wells in London. The advert features new pictures of the production and exclusive music by Philip Feeney.

Click here to watch the new trailer

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Dream vision leaves train passengers all aflutter

March 6, 2008 at 10:08 am (Artist's News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , )

Image from the Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News (Published Date: 05 March 2008):

“Three fairies appeared at the platform at Waverley station today to promote a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Northern Ballet Theatre is performing the play at the Capital’s Festival Theatre, from tonight until Saturday.”

Edinburgh Evening News website

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