Jan McNulty Posted July 5, 2016 Share Posted July 5, 2016 Northern Ballet announces promotions and joiners for 2016/17 season Northern Ballet will welcome ten new dancers for the 2016/17 season and has also announced promotions for existing members of the Company. Joining the corps de ballet are: Naomi Bottomer (English National Ballet); Sarah Chun (Kansas City Ballet); Abigail Cockrell (Romanian National Opera); Jonathan Hanks (Estonian National Ballet); Minju Kang (Bundesjugendballett); Jesse Milligan (Cape Town City Ballet); Liam Morris (Romanian National Opera); former Academy of Northern Ballet Centre for Advanced Training student Dale Rhodes (Hamburg Ballet); and Lorenzo Trossello (The Royal Ballet School). Darragh Hourrides joins as an Apprentice from the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Professional Graduate Programme. In addition, a number of Northern Ballet’s existing company dancers have been promoted: Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Giuliano Contadini to Leading Soloists; Jeremy Curnier, Rachael Gillespie and Joseph Taylor to Soloists; Ayami Miyata, Kevin Poeung and Abigail Prudames to Junior Soloists; Sean Bates, Mlindi Kulashe and Matthew Toplissto Coryphée; and former Apprentice Harriet Marden is promoted to the corps. After saying goodbye to Isaac Lee-Baker and Sebastian Loe earlier in the year, the following dancers are also moving on: Jessica Morgan, Alice Bayston, Kaylee Marko, Archie Sullivan, Diogo Barbosa, Paris Fitzpatrick, Genevieve Heron and Grace Robinson. Northern Ballet has also recently announced that Premier Dancers Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley will take a leave of absence from the Company though will return as Resident Guest Artists for the autumn season to perform with Northern Ballet in Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet. Northern Ballet’s autumn season will commence with Wuthering Heights at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 6 – 10 September 2016 before national tours of Romeo and Juliet and Beauty & the Beast. -ENDS- Notes to Editors For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson. Voted Best Company at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards, winners of the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Award for dance, and nominated for Outstanding Company at the 2015 National Dance Awards, Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets. Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 32 weeks of the year. The Company of 45 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK. Northern Ballet also tours widely with its specially created ballets for children, all of which have beenadapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs mixed programmes showcasing the versatility of its dancers. Northern Ballet – Company List 2016/17 Resident Guest Artists Tobias Batley Martha Leebolt Premier Dancers Pippa Moore Javier Torres Senior Artist Hironao Takahashi Leading Soloists Hannah Bateman Dreda Blow Antoinette Brooks-Daw Giuliano Contadini Ashley Dixon First Soloist Lucia Solari Soloists Jeremy Curnier Rachael Gillespie Victoria Sibson Joseph Taylor Junior Soloists Nicola Gervasi Ayami Miyata Kevin Poeung Abigail Prudames Coryphée Sean Bates Matthew Koon Mlindi Kulashe Matthew Topliss Dancers Miki Akuta Naomi Bottomer Sarah Chun Isabelle Clough Abigail Cockrell Kiara Flavin Luke Francis Jenny Hackwell Jonathan Hanks Riku Ito Minju Kang Natalia Kerner Dominique Larose Harriet Marden Gavin McCaig Jesse Milligan Liam Morris Dale Rhodes Mariana Rodrigues Teresa Saavedra Bordes Lorenzo Trossello Filippo Di Vilio Alexander Yap Apprentice Darragh Hourrides 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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