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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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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.

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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.

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

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