Northern Ballet dancers Pippa Moore & Tobias Batley in David Nixon OBE's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo Emma Kauldhar.

Northern Ballet dancers Pippa Moore & Tobias Batley in David Nixon OBE's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo Emma Kauldhar.

Northern Ballet dancers Pippa Moore, Tobias Batley and Dreda Blow performing to improvised dialogue instead of to music during rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to help them better understand the intentions of their characters.

Keep watching after the dance has finished to hear Artistic Director David Nixon OBE better explain…

Northern Ballet dancers Tobias Batley & Pippa Moore as Valmont & Tourvel in David Nixon's Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Merlin Hendy.

Northern Ballet dancers Tobias Batley & Pippa Moore as Valmont & Tourvel in David Nixon's Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Merlin Hendy.

One of my favourite images from Beauty & the Beast, after The Beast’s final transformation to a good and loving man with his Beauty in the moonset… (Photo Bill Cooper) (via Beauty & the Beast production images | Northern Ballet)

One of my favourite images from Beauty & the Beast, after The Beast’s final transformation to a good and loving man with his Beauty in the moonset… (Photo Bill Cooper) (via Beauty & the Beast production images | Northern Ballet)

Hironao Takahashi as Alfred (a manservant) and Hannah Bateman as La Feé Luminaire in David Nixon's ballet Beauty & the Beast. Photo Bill Cooper. (via Beauty & the Beast production images | Northern Ballet)

Hironao Takahashi as Alfred (a manservant) and Hannah Bateman as La FeƩ Luminaire in David Nixon's ballet Beauty & the Beast. Photo Bill Cooper. (via Beauty & the Beast production images | Northern Ballet)