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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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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

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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.

Northern Ballet's Cinderella - TV spot

Northern Ballet's Cinderella premièred in December 2013 at Leeds Grand Theatre and in 2014 tours to Edinburgh, Hull, Cardiff, Norwich, Newcastle, Belfast, Manchester and Sheffield. Find out more at See the full tour at

Northern Ballet -Creating Three Little Pigs - costume

Hannah Bateman and Victoria Sibson discuss creating the Three Little Pigs costumes

Northern Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Short trailer for David Nixon's ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Touring spring 2014 to Norwich, Milton Keynes and Southampton. In the production music is played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, in the trailer music via

Northern Ballet - Creating Three Little Pigs - Starting Out

Choreographers of Northern Ballet's Three Little Pigs, Hannah Bateman and Vicky Sibson, discuss starting the project and what it was like working together for the first time.

Northern Ballet - Interview with Northern Ballet Sinfonia

Sasha Volpov and Joanne Rozario discuss what life is like in Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Pippa's Pointe - how many pointe shoes?

Northern Ballet premier dancer Pippa Moore tells us how many pointe shoes she uses in a year. Music Dan-O at - Everything Begins Cinderella footage filmed by Pea and the Bighead productions

Northern Ballet - Cinderella Audience Reaction

We asked the audience of Cinderlela after the opening night what they thought... Here's just a few of their thoughts...

Northern Ballet - Cinderella

Set in Imperial Russia at a time when superstitious people believe in the possibility of magic, Northern Ballet's new adaptation of this classic fairytale sees heartbreak turn to joy as the unstoppable power of young love conquers all. Featuring a brand new score by Philip Feeney played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia and breathtaking sets by Duncan Hayler (Northern Ballet's productions of Beauty & the Beast and A Midsummer Night's Dream). For tour dates and more information Sinfonia Northern Ballet dancers

Northern Ballet - Richard Pinner, Magic Man

Richard Pinner is the magic consultant for our new ballet, Cinderella. Magic is weaved into the story in a way you have never seen before - there's no pantomime pumpkin to coach effects but much more subtle. Find out more about Northern Ballet's new production of David Nixon's Cinderella

When the Circus came to Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet dancers have been learning some new skills ready for the première of David Nixon's new ballet, Cinderella. Greentop Circus [] came to our home in Leeds to teach us stilt-walking, poi, diabolo, flower sticks, juggling and more! * Find out more about Cinderella * See our full tour * Book for the première run at Leeds Grand Theatre Dec-Jan

Dancers' favourite moments of A Christmas Carol - Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet dancers tell us what their favourite parts of A Christmas Carol to watch and perform. With clips from the production the dancers interviewed are (in order of appearance) Mariana Rodrigues, John Hull, Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Matthew Broadbent, Abigail Prudames and Martha Leebolt. More on our ballet, A Christmas Carol

Northern Ballet - A Christmas Carol excerpts

Northern Ballet's a Christmas Carol is touring in 2013 to... Canterbury Marlowe Theatre - 29 Oct - 2 Nov Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre, 5 - 9 Nov Bradford, Alhambra Theatre, 13 - 16 Nov Manchester, Palace Theatre 19 - 23 Nov Christmas is never far away with with Northern Ballet's heart-warming and hugely popular adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale. With colourful sets & costumes by Olivier Award winning Lez Brotherston and music from Carl Davis. Choreography by Massimo Moricone and directed by Christopher Gable, keep a look out for this production touring to a theatre near you. More information Northern Ballet's tour This video filmed and edited by Pea and the Bighead Productions ( Ebenezer Scrooge photo by Jason Tozer, dancer Darren Goldsmith. Principal dancers in this video... Scrooge - Sebastian Loe Bob Cratchit - Javier Torres The Ghost of Christmas Past - Pippa Moore Belle - Martha Leebolt Young Scrooge - Tobias Batley The Ghost of Christmas Present - Isaac Lee-Baker Mrs Cratchit - Jessica Morgan The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come - Joseph Taylor

The Big Give - 5, 6 & 7 December 2013

This year we are delighted that Northern Ballet's Sponsor A Dancer campaign has been selected to participate in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2013. You can double your support for Sponsor A Dancer by taking part and help finance the future of the Northern Ballet. The Big Give is an annual match funding event. On 5, 6 & 7 December any money you donate to us, including the renewal of your Sponsor A Dancer donation, could be doubled. More information Sponsor A Dancer

Northern Ballet - Three Little Pigs excerpts

Excerpts from our new ballet for Children, Three Little Pigs, featuring dancers Mlindi Kulashe, Teresa Saavedra-Bordes, Mariana Rodrigues, Matthew Topliss and Olivia Holland. Three Little Pigs begins its run in Leeds in October 2013 before going on tour to venues across England & Scotland in 2014. Choreography Hannah Bateman & Victoria Sibson Music arranged by John Longstaff

A Midsummer Night's Dream Excerpts - Northern Ballet

Excerpts from Northern Ballet's production of David Nixon's A Midsummer Night's Dream. For tour dates and more information go to

A Christmas Carol TV Spot - Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet's acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol returns to venues across England this season... Norwich, Theatre Royal - Wed 9 - Sat 12 October - 01603 630 000 Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre - Tue 29 Oct - Sat 2 Nov - 01227 787787 Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre - Tue 5 - Sat 9 November - 0114 249 6000 Bradford, Alhambra Theatre - Wed 13 - Sat 16 November - 01274 432 000 Manchester Palace Theatre - Tue 19 - Sat 23 November - 0844 871 3019 Full details and more at

Dancers' favourite moments of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Northern Ballet dancers tell us their favourite moments in David Nixon's ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Featuring dancers (in order of appearance) Martha Leebolt, Abigail Prudames, Matthew Broadbent, John Hull, Mariana Rodrigues, Tobias Batley and Antoinette Brooks-Daw. More information on A Midsummer Night's Dream: Northern Ballet dancers

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