Northern Ballet
A powerhouse of inventive dance Northern Ballet is a powerhouse of inventive dance. Bold and confident in our approach, we engage, involve and move our audiences. We reach a diverse range of people through passionate story-telling, a mastery of classical dance technique and an absolute commitment to our leading role as an international ambassador for world-class dance. A unique company Northern Ballet was set up in 1969 and has since grown to become one of the best-loved dance companies in the world. We take inspiration from an eclectic mix of classical dance, theatre, popular culture, literature and opera to develop new and original productions and to create new interpretations of popular classical ballets. We believe in the value of creating full-length ballets which appeal to as many people as possible from all walks of life, and we constantly seek out new audiences. We regularly tour throughout the UK and overseas and enjoy making everyone whose lives we touch feel they are part of the Northern Ballet family. Just at a time when we felt we were on the crest of a wave goverment cuts brought about a decrease in our funding. Having achieved so much on limited resources, it came as a huge disappointment. Without increased support we will have to significantly reduce the number of dancers in the Company. We now need your help to ensure we can keep our Company together. Fundraising just got personal. Join us, your donation could help us sponsor a dancer and help us to continue to produce work that inspires our audiences across the county.

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The Steads' fundraising page

Helen Stead

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We are running to support the Sponsor a Dancer campaign which was launched in 2011 in response to severe funding cuts.  Money raised will ensure that Northern Ballet can retain a full Company of 40 dancers and support the next generation of aspiring ballet dancers.  With two talented daughters both training at the NB Academy, we are both passionate in supporting such a worthy cause.  James has run one 10k before and is aiming to beat his time and as a complete novice, I just want to finish!  Thanks for any amount you can contribute.

Helen and James 

Up-date 15/07/13

Thanks everyone.  We both managed to finish despite temp of 23 degrees at 9.30am.  James beat his previous time by 3 minutes.  (Helen 1h05.49, James 1h06.28)

Recent donors

08.09.13 Well done to you both ! Hope you have recovered : )

24.07.13 Well done James and Helen

18.07.13 Hope it went well. Ajay

17.07.13 Sorry this is after the event, but well done to you both.

15.07.13 Well done, Helen and James! A mighty effort! Best wishes Clive

15.07.13 Well done Helen. Well worth the extra donation.

15.07.13 Damn fine job! Well done to you- Andy & Justine Cooke

12.07.13 Good Luck James - I hope you don't melt in this heat!

12.07.13 Good luck - Hope it's not too hot!!

11.07.13 Enjoy

11.07.13 Good luck, Helen and James - a worthy cause!

11.07.13 Unbelievable! Further faster higher in action. Good luck

10.07.13 Good luck to both of you.

10.07.13 Good luck to you both xx

08.07.13 Go for it team Stead!

08.07.13 Hope its not 40 degress like it was at wimbledon


07.07.13 A worthy cause, good luck to you both and hope it's a little cooler!

07.07.13 Go for it and good luck!

06.07.13 Another tenner out of the lottery account.

05.07.13 Best of luck to you both & to all NB & NBAPA runners

05.07.13 Can't wait to see pictures of you running in that tutu James :)


04.07.13 Good luck both of you!! You can do it!!

04.07.13 Good Luck x


Running total

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Last donor:
Anne Cartridge
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