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Discover the magic of ballet

Following a hugely successful World Première run in Leeds, Northern Ballet’s new ballet for children, Tortoise & the Hare, is currently embarking on an extensive national tour. The tour will run through to June, visiting over 30 venues across the country.

Tortoise & the Hare is a re-imagining of Aesop’s much-loved fable of a Tortoise who, tired of being teased for his slowness, challenges a speedy Hare to a race. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the ballet has been created especially for children and young families to experience and enjoy live dance, music and theatre.

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Archie Sullivan and Luke Francis in Tortoise & the Hare. Photo by Brian Slater

Tortoise & the Hare is the latest in the Company’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People, following on from the sell-out successes of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker. Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, this is the second children’s ballet by the pair who created Ugly Duckling in 2012, later adapted into a BAFTA winning programme for CBeebies. The production includes an original score composed by Bruno Merz, set designs by Ali Allen and live music performed by members of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People, said: ‘These ballets are classic tales beautifully retold through dance and are the perfect introduction to ballet for children and young families. I am thrilled at how extensively this latest production will be touring, bringing the magic of ballet to many audiences across the country. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to enjoy live performances designed especially for them and will hopefully inspire a new-found love for dance, music and theatre.’

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Northern Ballet strut their stuff in Tortoise & the Hare. Photo by Brian Slater

Northern Ballet's Tortoise & the Hare runs from 9 February runs until 18th June. For more information and a full list of venues the production is touring to, see northernballet.com/tortoise

There are truly splendid family shows and events to see in 2016, so if your kids love live entertainment, they're in for a treat.