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Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet Theatre is a national touring ballet theatre company, based in Leeds. It performs high quality original narrative ballets across the UK and internationally and has strong education and training departments.

Our funding supports its core activities including the development of its education and audience development programmes, paving the way for the organisation’s move into a new, shared building in Leeds.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £2,512,294
  • 2013-2014: £2,572,589
  • 2014-2015: £2,641,977

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Rehearsal Clips from Romeo and Juliet - Northern Ballet

Excerpts from rehearsals of Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliet being performed by Northern Ballet in Edinburgh and Leeds in 2015. The music is the iconic Dance of the Knights which will be performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia when it tours. Find out more about the production and tour: Dancers featured in this video include Tobias Batley, Pippa Moore, Javier Torres, Dreda Blow, Hannah Bateman, Sean Bates, Ashley Dixon, Abigail Prudames, Joseph Taylor, Isaac Lee-Baker, Rachael Gillespie, Jeremy Curnier, Kevin Poeung and Miki Akuta.

Romeo and Juliet Pas de Deux - Northern Ballet

Remember the first time you fell in love? Your first kiss? From ecstatic joy to crushing heartbreak, nothing ever feels the same again. Northern Ballet brings Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Romeo and Juliet to the UK for the first time. This short excerpt from the end of Act 1 where the children of the warring families become star-crossed lovers. In this clip Romeo is danced by Tobias Bately and Juliet by Dreda Blow. More on Romeo and Juliet: Book for Edinburgh 26-28 Feb 2015 Book for Leeds 4-12 Mar 2015 Music by Prokofiev.

Jonathan Watkins on working with Northern Ballet

In 2014 Jonathan Watkins choreographed and directed an adaptation of the classic novel, 'A Kestrel for a Knave' (Kes), at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. In 2015 Jonathan is adapting 1984 for Northern Ballet and creating two new short works for our 45th anniversary celebrations. Here Jonathan talks about working with Northern Ballet and a little more about the his dance pieces. More about our Sapphire Gala: More about Jonathan: Interview music: "Easy Lemon" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Northern Ballet - Peter Pan fight & flight training

One of our Peters rehearsing at our studios the action-packed fight between Peter & the Lost Boys against Hook & his pirates... Dancers: Pan Mlindi Kulashe, Hook Joseph Taylor. Music by Stephen Warbeck, piano Andrew Dunlop. Flying by The Rigging Team More on Pan: Book now:

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Northern Ballet - Peter Pan

Clips from Northern Ballet' acclaimed production of Peter Pan. Leeds Grand Theatre Thu 11 to Sat 20 December Book now: Choreography, direction and costume: David Nixon OBE Co-direction: Patricia Doyle Composer: Stephen Warbeck Performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia Sets & lighting: Peter Mumford More information: Adaptation by kind permission of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Original production supported by David Lloyd

Northern Ballet - Peter Pan Mermaids in rehearsal

Northern Ballet's Peter Pan, in rehearsals with the mermaids. Peter Pan is at Leeds Grand Theatre Thu 11 to Sat 20 Dec 2014. Box Office 0844 848 2700 Book now More info

Darren Goldsmith - 21 years with Northern Ballet

Principal Character Artist Darren Goldsmith talks about his 21-year career with Northern Ballet ahead of his retirement in early 2015. Darren - we'll miss you! Darren's final performance for the Northern Ballet will be in Peter Pan on Sunday 14 December at Leeds Grand Theatre. Music: "Water Lily" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Spring Hall photo: Storye book ( This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Northern Ballet - Elves & the Shoemaker

Following the fantastic sell-out success of Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs, we're delighted to present our next ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker. Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story, Elves & the Shoemaker is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre. This ballet for children has been choreographed by Daniel de Andrade and this trailer features Northern Ballet Dancers Kiara Flavin, Filippo di Vilio, Sebastian Loe, Olivia Holland, Luisa Rocco and Sean Bates. Music by Philip Feeney played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia Find out more

Starry thoughts on Northern Ballet's Cinderella

Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), Tina O'Brien (Coronation Street, Waterloo Road), Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten), Matthew & Jeffrey Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders) Yvette Fielding (Most Haunted), Linda Nolan (The Nolans) and Mikey North (Coronation Street) share their thoughts on our production of Cinderella. Find out more More photos from the night

The Great Gatsby TV ad - Northern Ballet

Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island during the glamorous 1920s as Northern Ballet brings F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby to the stage. The seductive style of the era is recreated through stunning sets and costumes. Music by Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Murder on the Orient Express), will be played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Flimed by Zsolt Sándor of Mothership UK at Leeds Grand Theatre.

The Great Gatsby TV ad 2 in 4K - Northern Ballet

Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island during the glamorous 1920s as Northern Ballet brings F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby to the stage. This trailer, flimed by Zsolt Sándor of Mothership UK at Northern Ballet's studios and Bibis Italianissimo in Leeds, merely hints at the rich seductive style of the era which is recreated through stunning sets and costumes of the ballet.

Northern Ballet - Peter Pan get in & fit up

Getting into a theatre with a large production such as David Nixon's Peter Pan takes a while. As a ballet company we lay our own floors on top of the theatre stage to protect the dancers' feet from impact on hard surfaces, but Peter Pen also has a stage revolve making the installation of the sprung floor more difficult than normal. Watch this video and see the Northern Ballet Technical Team install not only the floor, but our lighting rigs, tabs, set, flying rigs and more in a very short amount of time... Music is our specially commissioned music for Peter Pan composed by Stephen Warbeck, performed by our orchestra and conducted by our Music Director John Pryce-Jones.

Music Box Ballerina - Antoinette Brooks-Daw

Daniel de Andrade choreographed this piece especially for Antoinette to help promote Northern Ballet's Sponsor A Dancer campaign. Watch the interview Find out more about Sponsor A Dancer More about Dan More about Antoinette Music - 'Waltz for an Imaginary Piano' by Johnny Ripper,

Northern Ballet - Dracula Audience Reaction

Dracula opened our autumn/Winter 2014 season at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday 5 September. This is just a small proportion of their feedback... Find out more about DraculaL Thank you to Ryan J-W Smith for the production footage - Apologies to those not included in the video, the sound from the busy lobby caused some of the voices to be drowned out including Janet who 'forgot to breathe' and Helen who gave it a nine out of ten despite being sad the character of Quincey Morris not being in the production and not being able to see all from her seat. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Northern Ballet - Dracula

David Nixon OBE's celebrated take on Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula. The production is running at West Yorkshire Playhouse form Fri 5 - Sat 13 September 2014. Find out more Dancers featured in these clips include Tobias Batley (Dracula), Martha Leebolt (Mina), Pippa Moore (Lucy), Ashley Dixon (Harker), Kenneth Tindall (Dr Seward), Darren Goldsmith (Van Helsing), Hironao Takahashi (Holmwood), Kevin Poeung (Renfield) and Hannah Bateman, Jessica Morgan and Antoinette Brooks-Daw as Dracula's Brides. Choreographer & Costume Design David Nixon OBE Set Design Ali Allen Lighting Design Tim Mitchell The production features music by Alfred Schnittke, Sergei Rachmaninov, Arvo Pärt, and Michael Daugherty. Trailer Music 'Faceoff' and 'The House of Leaves' by Kevin MacLoad. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Dracula Rehearsals - Pas de deux - Northern Ballet

From the rehearsal studios for Dracula. Premier Dancers Martha Leebolt as Mina, and Tobias Batley and Dracula. Music In Memoriam (2nd movement) by Alfred Schnittke. More on Dracula Performing at West Yorkshire Playhouse Fri 5 - Sat 13 September

Dracula Rehearsals - Tango - Northern Ballet

From the rehearsal studios for Dracula. Leading Soloist Dreda Blow as Mina and Dancer Joseph Taylor as Harker with Nicola Gervasi (Seward) and Isaac Lee-Baker as Arthur. Music Red Cape Tango by Michael Dougherty. Guest Ballet Master (calling out) David Paul Kierce. Dancer Jeremy Curnier shadowing at the back of the studio. More on Dracula Performing at West Yorkshire Playhouse Fri 5 - Sat 13 September

Northern Ballet - Cinderella

Northern Ballet's Cinderella tours autumn 2014 to Norwich (7-11 Oct), Newcastle (21-25 Oct), Belfast (5-8 Nov), Manchester (18-22 Nov) and Sheffield (25-29 Nov). Find out more and book at Music played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia Northern Ballet dancers

Elves & the Shoemaker in rehearsals - Northern Ballet

Clips from rehearsals and choreographic sessions for our third ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker. Here Northern Ballet dancers are rehearsing in the unfinished sets to recorded music. Elves will be previewed around Leeds in September 2014 before it's World Première at our home in October 2014. Choreography by Daniel de Andrade. Music by Philip Feeney.

Northern Ballet - Keeping Fit Over the Holidays

We asked dancers Isadora Valero Meza and Isaac Lee-Baker how they keep fit over their four week summer break. Music: "Perspectives" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Creating Kenneth Tindall's The Architect

Kenneth Tindall's The Architect premières on 18 June 2014 as part of Northern Ballet's Mixed Programme at their home in Leeds. Choreographer Kenneth Tindall takes us through the creative process and let's us see what happens in the rehearsal room... More on The Architect Northern Ballet

Academy of Northern Ballet - Celebrating 10 years of the CAT Programme

The Academy of Northern Ballet's CAT Programme is 10 years old and we're celebrating with a fundraising Gala to raise much needed funds to continue to offer world-class training for the dancing stars of the future. For more details and to book visit

Northern Ballet - Audience reaction to Three Little Pigs

We asked the little ones what they thought of Three Little Pigs.

Northern Ballet - Being Cleopatra

Dancers Martha Leebolt and Hannah Bateman say what it is like performing Cleopatra with excerpts of rehearsals.

Northern Ballet - Creating Three Little Pigs - what to expect

Choreographers Hannah Bateman and Victoria Sibson discuss Three Little Pigs and what to expect from the production.

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