Northern Ballet Theatre

I love watching dance – I'm a complete Strictly Come Dancing addict and (like most women) I'm a sucker for a guy who can move.

We went to a wedding a few years ago and there was this Frenchman there who was a brilliant dancer and he literally had every girl in the room queuing up to dance with him.

However, I'd never been to the ballet before last weekend when I went to see The Northern Ballet Theatre's production of Hamlet at Sadler's Wells and I didn't know what to expect.

But I really enjoyed myself – it was a much different crowd (younger and more casual) than I expected and I said to my husband when we were leaving that I'd really like to go again.

The one drawback was that I obviously didn't pay enough attention in English classes at school and my knowledge of Hamlet was a bit sketchy, not helped by the fact that the production we saw was set in 1940s France.

I kept leaning over and asking “Who's that?” and “What's happening here?”

But actually once you get used to non-verbal communication, the story becomes pretty easy to follow and you can just sit and watch in awe the amazing dancing. Fit? They are phenomenal.

The Northern Ballet currently have three shows in production – Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet – with The Nutcracker and A Tale Of Two Cities to come later in the year, and they tour throughout the UK.