Northern Ballet: 50th Anniversary Gala

Impact Planning Services are proud to have sponsored two dancers at the Northern Ballet, Rachael Gillespie, a First Soloist and Ashley Dixon a Principal Soloist.

Northern Ballet dancers Ashley Dixon and Rachael Gillespie. Photo Justin Slee.

Rachael began dancing at the Judith Hockaday School of Dance and Drama (Swindon) and Central School of Ballet. Rachael joined the Northern Ballet in 2007 and previously danced with Scottish Ballet and Ballet Central.

Ashley is from Hull and trained at Central School of Ballet. He joined Northern Ballet in 2004.

In January the Northern Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Celebration Gala to bring in the New Year. The Gala was held at Leeds Grand Theatre and saw some of dance’s leading companies unite in a unique event celebrating Northern Ballet’s 50-year journey. The gala featured performances of excerpts from Northern Ballet’s repertoire and works connected to the Company’s history.

Rob and Fung Yee Gillespie attended the event to celebrate Northern Ballet’s 50 year story so far and thoroughly enjoyed this spectacular one off performance.