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ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY Pupil Sophie Carter left our school (and home!) this term to begin her vocational training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.  She has been selected to play the role of Clara with the English National Ballet Company in The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum between 13th – 20th December. Congratulations Sophie – we are all extremely proud of you! CONTEMPORARY DANCE Did you know we have fabulous contemporary dance classes every Thursday?  If you […]

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The Nutcracker doll being held - Northamptonshire School of DanceSophie from Grade 6 Ballet has successfully auditioned for Tring Park School for The Performing Arts and begins her vocational dance training there in September.

She has also been offered a place with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain for this year’s performances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham.



The Nutcracker little snowflakes scene - Northamptonshire School of DanceCecilie from Grade 2 Ballet has been offered a place with Midland Theatre Ballet for their next production in Birmingham of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Many congratulations to you both; your teachers and friends at EHSD are very proud of your achievements!

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Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies will be Dancing in Your Head Long After Christmas

2 January 2017 — The enchanted tale of The Nutcracker is being performed by East Haddon School of Dance at The Derngate Theatre in Northampton on Sunday, 14 January 2018, with a cast of 242 girls and boys aged 3-19. The Christmas themed two-act ballet has been skilfully adapted to also feature tap, contemporary, street dance and singing by school principal and former professional dancer Natalie Carter.

In the famous story, Clara is gifted a Nutcracker soldier, but when she goes to check her beloved new toy in the night, the magic starts to happen and it grows life-sized. After she helps him to defeat the Rat King in an exciting battle, the Nutcracker turns into a handsome prince and the two travel to the land of sweets for a spectacular celebration.

The story, which includes the famous Sugar Plum Fairy and Christmas Angel, is a perfectly magical introduction to the theatre for young people, and an exciting alternative family show to a traditional pantomime.

Tickets for both performances, 2pm and 5pm, on Sunday, January 14, are reasonably priced for families at £12.50 for adults and £10 for children. Also making a special guest appearance is the Girls’ Choir of All Saints Church, Northampton.

Natalie Carter, founder and principal of East Haddon School of Dance, commented: “I am so proud of the whole cast, from our confident and excited three year old baby mice to the immensely talented older leads, for working extremely hard and with boundless enthusiasm in rehearsals since September. I think this is going to be a wonderful production to be enjoyed by anyone, not just those who know one of the performers.”

Rachel Baker, who is 15 years old and is playing the Sugar Plum fairy, added: “From being on stage at the Derngate Theatre to everybody’s stunning costumes, it’s such an exciting experience. It’s a lovely story and perfect for families to see in the winter-time. If I could make a special Christmas wish, I would love to see snow falling again on 14th January!”

Hensmans salons, based in Northampton and Milton Keynes, is the show’s headline sponsor. Director, Gemma Hensman, said: “Hensmans is a keen supporter of local communities, especially when ambitious young people are involved, and so we’re delighted to be supporting the East Haddon School of Dance’s performance of The Nutcracker. All of the team wish the girls and boys the best of luck and after being given a special preview, I recommend lovers of the arts to quickly get a ticket.”

Tickets are on sale from The Royal and Derngate Box Office by calling 01604 624 811 or online.

For more information about East Haddon School of Dance and its ballet, tap, street and contemporary dance classes for children aged three and above, as well as adults, please visit

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Editor’s Notes

Media enquiries should be directed to Keredy Andrews on 07947 324 194 or

You are invited to film and take photography at the dress rehearsal at Spratton Hall School on 30 December 2017, by appointment.

Natalie Carter and selected cast members are available for broadcast interviews.

Dance School Performance

The Nutcracker Comes to Northampton

Many congratulations to all 39 pupils who passed their Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams!

Pupils were awarded:

  • 10 gold medals (distinction)
  • 19 silver medals (merit)
  • 2 bronze medals (pass)
  • 8 Pre-Primary Class Awards

We had some outstanding results:

Rachel Baker and Olivia Church achieved silver medals for RAD Intermediate – this is a very tough vocational exam, requiring intensive training, skill and determination to pass.

Georgie received the highest mark ever achieved in the school:

  • 91% for RAD Primary

Pupils who received 80% or above were:

  • Sophie (Grade 5)
  • Cecilie (Grade 1)
  • Evie (Primary)
  • Charlotte-Danielle (Primary)

We are very proud of all our pupils who passed their exams:
Intermediate: Rachel
Grade 5: Zander, Emily, Hattie, Christabel, Alexandra, Freya, Lottie, Isabel, Sophie
Grade 4: Beth, Eleanor, Matilda, Harriet, Lily, Clara, Estelle
Grade 3: Grace, Jemima, Phoebe, Shanaya, Imogen, Chloe
Grade 1: Cecilie, Sterling
Primary: Georgie, Evie, Charlotte-Danielle, Isabella, Poppy, Darcy
Pre-Primary: Amber, Amelia, Athena, Freya, Ginny, Juno, Lily, Matilda

Ballet Dance Exams

Exam Results 2017