Ballet dancer

The Hull ballet dancer will travel the country in an exceptional new show

A student ballet dancer from Hull is set to tour the country when she performs in an exceptional new show. Final year dance student Isabella Richardson will perform with famed dance company Ballet Central in their welcome return to touring this spring.

Isabella will join the company on a four-month tour of 11 venues across England, starting April 22 in Hornchurch, Essex, performing in Birmingham, Guildford, Newbury, Cambridge, London and more. The company presents a new cast of exceptional dancers performing a mix of original pieces by distinguished choreographers and a revival of an existing contemporary work. Ticket prices for all shows are deliberately low to make the tour widely accessible.

Isabella, 19, attended South Holderness Technology College and trained with Lyn Wilson Heather Shepherdson School of Dance (LWHS) in Hull and the Royal Ballet School Associates before joining Central School of Ballet in London. She is now in her final year of a three-year BA (Hons) Professional Dance & Performance at Central.

Read more: Channel 4 confirms Lucy Beaumont’s Hullraisers release date

Central is a global professional dance training center offering graduates employment opportunities with the world’s leading dance companies and international musical theater productions. Students join the Ballet Central touring company to gain professional performance experience and the opportunity to work with top choreographers until they graduate in July.

Isabella said: “My training at Central over the three-year course prepared me to realize my full potential and I have exciting memories of becoming a professional dancer as a young adult. I enjoyed learning all the versatile pieces from Ballet Central’s repertoire.

Isabella will be on tour for four months with Ballet Central

“Working with the famous choreographer Mthuthuzeli November has been a great privilege. His work is a physical challenge, but also a stylistic one. The basic training at Central is classical ballet, the basis for professional dance careers, but I enjoyed the versatility of my training which has been an advantage in my application to other dance styles.

“My classical technique has helped me perform musical theatre, jazz, tap, contemporary and commercial. As a result, I am open-minded about career opportunities when I graduate in July.”

Are you a ballet fan? Let us know in the comments below.