Northern Ballet School Graduate Appears in BBC Documentary ‘Moulin Rouge: Yes We Can-Can!’

15 November, 2023

Northern Ballet School graduate, Erin Blanchfield, has appeared in a BBC documentary series following her story as she joins the dance troupe at the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris, France.

 Moulin Rouge: Yes We Can-Can! is a six-part documentary about life behind the scenes at the legendary entertainment venue and follows the stories of several young hopefuls looking to make the Moulin Rouge their new home. Northern Ballet School graduate, Erin, can be seen auditioning and learning the routines, and follows her right up to her debut night.

Head of School for the Institute for Contemporary Theatre and Northern Ballet School, Dr John Harrison, commented:

 The BBC 2 ‘Moulin Rouge: Yes We Can Can!’ documentary provides yet another example of the preparedness of our students for professional life following graduation from Northern Ballet School.

 Her lecturers and all of us here are incredibly proud of the achievements of Erin at Moulin Rouge Paris, who, throughout her studies and since, has demonstrated great confidence, energy, skill, and discipline. We wish Erin, and all our Northern Ballet School graduates, every success in the future.

Jackie Gray, Course Leader at Northern Ballet School said:

We are immensely proud of all that Erin has achieved since graduating from Northern Ballet School, although not surprised! Erin worked very hard throughout her 3 years with us, it was obvious to us that she was going to work as a Showgirl at the highest level. Erin deserves her success!

Erin has just celebrated her first anniversary at the historic venue. It has been a joy to follow her journey and to see her living her dream in beautiful Paris.

You can hear more about Erin’s story in her own words on our blog here

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