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Northern Ballet welcomes new dancers this summer

Northern Ballet will welcome 12 new dancers this summer and has also announced promotions for existing members of the Company.
Adeline Kaiser (English Youth Ballet) will join the third year corps and Ayami Miyata (Singapore Dance Theatre) returns to Northern Ballet to join the second year corps having previously danced for the Company from 2009 to 2011. Joining the first year corps is: Miki Akuta (Académie Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo), Gwénaëlle Poline (Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse), Luke Francis (English National Ballet School) and Riku Ito (The School of the Hamburg Ballet), and Isabelle Clough (English National Ballet School) and Gavin McCaig (English National Ballet School) will both join as apprentices.
The Company will also reap the benefits of the Academy of Northern Ballet’s pioneering Graduate Professional Programme, the first of its kind in the UK, which will see four graduating students joining the Company: Filippo Di Vilio to first year corps, and Alice Bayston, Kiara Flavin and Dominique Larose as apprentices.
Promotions within the Company include: Dreda Blow to Leading Soloist, Lucia Solari to First Soloist and Kevin Poeung to Coryphée.
Northern Ballet, which began the 2013/14 season with 39 dancers, has also said goodbye to six of its dancers this year. Lori Gilchrist left in January to join Royal New Zealand Ballet and has been joined there this summer by John Hull who leaves the Company after more than 10 years. Michela Paolacci and Thomas Aragones are leaving to join Slovak National Ballet whilst Maria Beseghi and Katherine Minor are also moving on to new challenges.
This autumn Northern Ballet will commence its tour with Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 5 – 13 September 2014 before national tours of The Great Gatsby and Cinderella in the autumn.

Notes to Editors
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 24 weeks of the year. The Company tours a combination of new works and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK and is the only large scale ballet company to do so.
Northern Ballet – Company List 2014/15
Premier Dancers
Tobias Batley                   Martha Leebolt
Pippa Moore                     Hironao Takahashi
Kenneth Tindall              Javier Torres
Principal Character Artist
Darren Goldsmith
Leading Soloists
Hannah Bateman           Dreda Blow
First Soloists
Ashley Dixon                    Lucia Solari
Giuliano Contadini        Victoria Sibson
Antoinette Brooks-Daw             
Rachael Gillespie           Sebastian Loe
Jessica Morgan                Kevin Poeung


Jeremy Curnier                 Nicola Gervasi
Matthew Broadbent     Isaac Lee-Baker
Luisa Rocco
Sean Bates                        Adeline Kaiser
Abigail Prudames           Teresa Saavedra Bordes
Joseph Taylor                   Matthew Topliss
Olivia Holland                  Matthew Koon
Mlindi Kulashe                Ayami Miyata
Mariana Rodrigues        Isadora Valero Meza
Miki Akuta                         Luke Francis
Riku Ito                                Gwénaëlle Poline
Filippo Di Vilio
Alice Bayston                   Isabelle Clough
Kiara Flavin                       Dominique Larose
Gavin McCaig

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