Pippa's Leeds

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Pippa's Leeds

Pippa Moore joined Northern Ballet in 1996 and has worked her way through the ranks to become a premier dancer. She has recently performed in The Nutcracker at Leeds Grand Theatre, and rehearsals have begun for Northern Ballet’s new production – The Great Gatsby. Pippa was born in Liverpool and studied in Chester before training at The Royal Ballet School in London. She has always moved around for work, living in Scotland, London and spending two years touring Europe. But Leeds is where Pippa eventually put down roots, and she says the city is now very much her home.

 

Pippa works on Saturdays, either rehearsing or performing a matinee and evening show, so weekends are compressed into Sundays. If she has a guest she usually gets them out for some fresh air, as she will have spent all week inside the studio or the theatre with no daylight. Her ideal location for a stroll is Golden Acre Park in Bramhope, with its heather garden, arboretum, tumbling old shrub roses and national collection of lilacs and alpine plants. But Temple Newsam, a grand Tudor-Jacobean mansion, and eighteenth-century Harewood House with its changing contemporary art shows, are also wondrous places to explore with visitors.

 

“If someone had just an hour or two in Leeds,” says Pippa, “they shouldn’t miss the Victoria Quarter – for the gorgeous boutiques and also for the architecture.” The elegant arcades, built in 1900 and lavished with faience pottery, mosaics and marble, are home to Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Harvey Nichols, amongst other high-end stores. At the other end of the shopping spectrum, Pippa always finds a reason to visit Out of This World on a break from rehearsals – the health food and Fairtrade shop on New Market Street “has everything I love, from fresh produce to ethical cosmetics and natural household products.”

 

And she recently discovered the tranquillity of an afternoon visit to the Leeds Art Gallery, famous for its collection of twentieth-century British art. Pippa loves to spend a restful hour in the gallery’s beautiful Victorian Tiled Hall café, with its glittering, mosaic, gold tiles and dramatic arches.

 

Pippa’s ultimate top pick in Leeds though is Hansa’s Indian vegetarian restaurant on North Street, “handily close to the theatre as well as being a great place to eat.” Set up 25 years ago, the restaurant – which has an all-women staff – focuses on Gujarati veggie food, with a hint too of owner Hansa’s East African childhood. The cooking won Hansa curry chef of the year award in 2010 and she has branched out into writing cookbooks (written, printed and published in Yorkshire), doing cookery demos and even taking customers on cultural tours of Gujarat and Kerala. Before trying any of that, Pippa suggests you sample Hansa’s Special Thali, piled with curries, rotli, rice, daal, farsan, shrikhand and papad.





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