Born in Paris on August 7th 1992, Matthieu spent his early childhood in Tahiti. The urge to dance came intuitively to Matthieu when he and his family returned to France at eight years old. At ten years old Matthieu started taking classes at the Académie Besso in Toulouse where he was accepted into the pre-professional course at the age of eleven. Here he completed his studies with great success, and he regularly danced on regional and national stages with the young ballet ; Ballet Besso Academie.
Ludovico Di Ubaldo
Ludovico began began his study of dance in 2004 at the age of 14 years old at the National Academy of Rome. After graduation he worked with New English Ballet Theatre and the Arena Di Verona Ballet.
Mercedes was born in Vienna and at age 8 she started studying at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School. Aged 13 she moved to Germany to study at Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung Ballet and Music Academy of Munich. In 2012 she moved to London where she joined English National Ballet. Mercedes won the gold medal in the International Ballet Competition, Switzerland and the Dance World Cup NOE, Silver Medal in the Premio Roma Ballet Competition. Her repertoire includes Odette,Odile, Pas de trois (Swan Lake) Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, (The Nutcracker) Odelisque Pas de Trois (Le Corsaire),Soloist Girl (Essence).
Born in Sitges, Spain. Yvonne studied at the “Conservatori Professional de Dansa de Barcelona” and the “Royal Conservatoire of The Hague”. In 2011 she started to work in “Barcelona Ballet” of Ángel Corella dancing roles in Swan Lake, Paquita, La Suite de la Bayadere, Pálpito and Suspended in Time.
Hayley Jean Blackburn
Born in Bedfordshire, Hayley trained at The Royal Ballet School and, aged 15, received a commendation at the finals of The Young British Dancers of the Year Competition. After graduation she joined The Vanemuine Theatre Ballet where she has been working as a principal dancer performing roles such as Giselle, Raymonda and the Sugar Plum Fairy. She created the role of Aurora in Paar Isberg’s production of The Sleeping Beauty and the role of Belle in Silas Stubbs’ production of Beauty and the Beast.
Silas was born in Gloucestershire and trained at the Elmhurst School for Dance, where he worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet and the Sleeping Beauty. Since graduating he worked with Steven Jefferies in China at Suzhou Ballet Theatre. Silas currently works as a soloist in Estonia for the Vanemuine Theatre Ballet where he has performed lead roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Onegin and the Nutcracker.
Niklas was born in Stockholm and trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He graduated from The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow in 2011. He then joined the Peter Shaufuss Ballet, performing an extensive repertoire. Niklas has also been with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet Ireland and The Greek Northern Ballet. He competed at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2012, Grasse IBC 2010, the Nordic/Baltic Ballet Competition 2009 & 2010 when he received 2nd prize and won the audience prize.
György studied at the Hungarian Dance Academy (2000-2007) and in the Palucca Schule Dresden (2007-2009). He then danced with the Ballet der Oper Graz in Austria (2009-2011) and with the National Ballet of Portugal (CNB) (2011-2012). He has worked on numerous contemporary projects in Budapest during 2013 before joining NEBT.
Joshua was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He started training from the age of 14 with Northern Ballet’s Academy, at 16 he moved to Elmhurst School of Dance where he trained for 3 years, during his time there he also worked with The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Upon graduating at 18 Joshua joined Northern Ballet. Joshua danced in many productions with the company, performing throughout the UK and on foreign tours.
Born in Cremona,Italy,Lorenzo joined aged 11 and performed in a number of productions with the Teatro alla Scala ballet school.Lorenzo graduated from the Scala ballet school after 8 years with dinstinction,aftet he worked at the Opera di Roma.
Christina was born in Canada and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School where she graduated and completed the post-secondary program. Christina spent four seasons with Ballet Kelowna, has done contract work with The National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets and recently did Swan Lake with English National Ballet at Royal Albert Hall
Jessica was born and raised in Sheffield, training locally, before joining the Upper School at Elmhurst School for Dance. She has toured to America with Birmingham Royal Ballet and performed with Northern Ballet, The National Ballet of Ireland and English National Ballet.
Born in London, Francesca trained at the Central School of Ballet where she graduated with a First Class degree. She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sadlers Wells and during the London 2012 Olympics at the O2 Arena, ExCel Arena and in the Olympic Park.
Justine studied at the Ecole National Supérieur de danse de Marseille,and the Conservatoire Supérieur de danse de Paris. Last Year she performed in the Junior Ballet of Paris and wend on tour with pieces by Benjamin Millepied,Marie-Claude Pietragalla,and Jiri Kylian.
Born in Bedfordshire, Hayley trained at The Royal Ballet School and, aged 15, received a commendation at the finals of The Young British Dancers of the Year Competition. After graduation she joined The Vanemuine Theatre Ballet where she has been working as a principal dancer performing roles such as Giselle, Tatiana and the Sugar Plum Fairy. She created the role of Aurora in Paar Isberg’s version of The Sleeping Beauty.
“I love ballet because you can continuously develop yourself as an artist and a dancer. Working with NEBT has enabled me to explore new facets of my technique and artistry and given me the chance to work with so many talented creative people.” – Hayley Blackburn
Africa Brau García
Africa was born in Barcelona and performed at the Institut del Teatre, dancing both ballet and contemporary dance. She then attended Rambert School in London where she graduated with a BA (Hons.) degree.
“Dancing is the only time I can be myself and show everyone who I am; I express all that I feel through my body. For me, a step well done is the best present you can have.” – Africa Brau García
Eugenia studied at the Balletto Di Toscana, the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes, the John Cranko Schule and the English National Ballet School. Her performance experience includes roles with the National Ballet of Canada, the Cannes Jeune Ballet and the English National Ballet School.
Born in Surrey, Anita attended Elmhurst School for Dance and has performed in various works including Elite Syncopations, Raymonda and Giselle. She has toured with the Birmingham Royal Ballet on their Sleeping Beauty tour and with Vienna Festival Ballet.
“Ballet can be frustrating, overwhelming and, most of all, it can seem impossible! However, without going through all these feelings in the studio we would not feel the true exhilaration of performing on stage.” – Anita Bradshaw
A native of London, Katya is a graduate of English National Ballet School and has performed with English National Ballet. After graduating she danced for a year with the Stuttgart Ballet, performing in works such as Giselle, Song of the Earth, Requiem and Onegin.
“Having beautiful music and a buzz of energy fill the studio each day is incredible. Also, we’re striving for perfection so the feeling of achievement when we finally nail that one move is exhilarating.” – Katya Bourvis
Georgina Rose Connolly
A native of Reading, she studied at the Royal Ballet School and has performed with The Royal Ballet in Mayerling, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and La Bayadère. She most recently toured with the Vienna Festival Ballet.
“Nobody dedicates their life to a ballet school for the ‘experience’. We all have a goal – to be a successful professional, to make a name for ourselves in the ballet world and to make everyone proud.” – Georgina Rose Connolly
Iván Delgado del Río
Iván was born in Seville and in 2006 won a one-year scholarship to attend the London Studio Centre. He then joined English National Ballet School from where he graduated in 2009. He has subsequently performed with English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Carmen Roche (Madrid) and Corella Ballet (Barcelona).
“My family have always supported me and have made real sacrifices so that I could realise my dream of becoming a dancer. I’ve also been supported by school scholarships, something I will always be thankful for and something I hope more people can benefit from in the future.” – Iván Delgado del Río
Jean-François studied at the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris and then the School of the Jeune Ballet de Paris. He has performed with a number of companies including the Opera de Limoges, the Opera d’Angoûleme, the Jeune Ballet de Paris, Prague International Ballet and Paris Opera.
“I really enjoy meeting new people so for me the idea of bringing together all these different dancers, choreographers and artists to create these performances is very exciting.” – Jean François Gabet
Tiffany was born in New Zealand. She trained in Australia at the National Theatre Ballet School and while there gained a Diploma in Arts and the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. In 2006 she performed in ‘Dance Creation’ at the National Memorial Theatre alongside dancers of the Australian Ballet. Thereafter she worked with the Yarra Cossack Troupe before going on to perform in Switzerland with the Cinevox Junior Company, eventually as a soloist..
“I could give a plethora of reasons for why I love ballet but, ultimately, there is no one answer. It is just so.” – Tiffany Goggin
Chiaki is a graduate of Torigoe Kumiko Ballet Academy in Japan and the Junges Ballett Franken in Germany. She has danced various roles in the Czech Republic and in Japan.
“I love performing. The stage is where I can express myself through beautiful movement; I find it very emotional.” – Chiaki Korematsu
Born in Japan but raised in England, Sonoya trained at the Royal Ballet School. Upon graduation she joined the Dresden Semperoper Ballet dancing numerous corps de ballet roles. She is currently freelancing, most recently with Ballet Ireland in a new production of Scheherazade.
“I feel without music there would be no dance. For me, music is one of the biggest pleasures in life, so being able to express the music through movement is the true meaning of dance.” – Sonoya Mizuno
Elsa Nguyen Trong
Elsa trained with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and has performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Miami City Ballet and other companies.
“Working with so many different choreographers has been so rewarding. I can’t wait to get on the stage at the Peacock Theatre and give everything of me for the audience.” – Elsa Nguyen Trong
Born in Edinburgh, Alexander trained at Central School of Ballet where he graduated with a First Class BA (Hons.) in Professional Dance and Performance. After graduating, Alexander joined Ballet Cymru for their national and international tours of Beauty and the Beast, Under Milk Wood and Giselle.
“NEBT’s been great because I’ve been learning how to further my technique and how to execute movements in different styles with a variety of choreographers, each with their own methods and demands.” – Alexander Nuttall
Daniel is a native of London where he trained with the Royal Ballet School Associates programme and then Central School of Ballet. Daniel has also danced with Northern Ballet.
A native of Italy, Luca studied contemporary and classic technique with Susanna Beltrami in Milan and then joined the Maurice Béjart School in Lausanne, which gave him the opportunity to dance in every show with the company itself and also to develop his interest in choreography.
“I don’t know why I like ballet. I’ve just loved it since the day I was born!” – Luca Rapis
A Brazilian native, Nicolas trained at the Bolshoi Theatre School in Brazil. Upon graduation he won a scholarship to Boston Ballet School where he has been performing in productions of La Bayadère, the Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.
“NEBT have really helped me to trust myself on the stage and shine like someone born to be a dancer! When I’ve finished this season I’ll take everything I’ve learned with me wherever I go.” – Nicolas Scheuer
Trevor trained with the South African Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet School then joined English National Ballet itself. He was then a soloist with the Rambert Dance company and a principal artist with English National Ballet. He has recently appeared as a guest artist with Cape Town City Ballet and Tivoli Theatre in Copenhagen, among others.
“I love the concept of dance and design working intimately together to create new work. The dancers here are all amazing artists and I feel like I’ve acquired a whole new family.” – Trevor Schoonraad
Silas was born in Gloucestershire and trained at the Elmhurst School for Dance, where he also worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet and the Sleeping Beauty. Since graduating he spent a period working with Steven Jefferies in China at Suzhou Ballet Theatre. Silas currently works as a soloist in Estonia for the Vanemuine Theatre Ballet where he has performed lead roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Onegin and the Nutcracker.
“This has been such an exciting experience for me. I’ve had the opportunity not only to learn with young, up and coming choreographers but also to dance in the UK. I think it’ll turn me into a more well-rounded dancer.” – Silas Stubbs
Jack is a graduate of Elmhurst School for Dance and English National Ballet School. He has performed with a number of companies including English National Ballet, National Youth Ballet, the Slovakian National Ballet and has most recently been a soloist with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. He appears by kind permission of Joffrey Ballet.
“Ballet gives us a chance to express thoughts, feelings and elements of ourselves which we don’t have an outlet for in everyday life. The immediacy and articulacy of the body is a unique medium for expression, which at its best presents a poignancy and beauty equal to any piece of music or speech.” – Jack Thorpe-Baker
Ludovico di Ubaldo
Ludovico has been studying at the National Academy of Dance in Rome since 2005. Although he’s focussed mainly on classic technique, his interest in modern dance repertory is growing.
“I aspire to being a dancer with a strong tecnique and beautiful movement like Carlos Acosta or Leonid Sarafanov. I love it when I can express art and deep emotion with my body” – Ludovico di Ubaldo
Born in Japan, Ryoko studied at Homura Tomoi Ballet School and at the Conservatory of Vienna. In 2003 she reached the semi-finals of the Prix de Lausanne and has since performed many leading roles with Spain’s Pasodos Dance Company, Ballet Ireland, Irish Youth Ballet and Vienna Festival Ballet.
“It’s been great working with so many choreographers on new work; to be able to directly see their thoughts and what they want to get across in each piece has been invaluable for me.” – Ryoko Yagyu