Where we are based:

Leeds – Covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Age Range:

For young people aged between 10-17 years

Core Curriculum:

The Academy of Northern Ballet is the only Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) to specialise in classical ballet training. Based in Leeds City Centre, students of the Academy have the unique advantage of sharing flag ship facilities with a renowned company. This also opens opportunities for mentoring and unique possibilities to work with, train alongside and gain invaluable insight from successful professional dancers.

Lower level students attend a minimum of two week days and one full Saturday. Upper level students will then increase this timetable with up to two additional weekly classes. Classes focus on classical ballet technique in the Ichino Method. Emphasis is placed on strength, alignment and anatomy to create strong and intelligent dancers. Students also focus on pointe work, creative sessions, jazz, variations and weekly classes in contemporary technique and Pilates. Alongside these weekly classes students enhance their training with sessions in drama, music and theoretical dance studies. Throughout the year Intensives are held to focus on various styles, workshops and choreography. Together, these aspects of training work to develop strong dancers with clean technique, performance ability and artistry.

Alongside our intensive training, students reap the benefits of living at home and attending their regular academic schools. With our focus on this balance students gain confidence and are able to work towards achieving their best.

If you would like to know more about the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Centre for Advanced Training programme then we encourage you to attend our Open Days. No previous experience required.

Open Days and Auditions:

Please check here for the latest information about our 2021 Auditions and Open Days.

Our January online taster classes and CAT information sessions are now available to book on our website. If you are interested in the Academy of Northern Ballet’s CAT programme, book a place on our free online events via our website:

Insight Events 2021 | Northern Ballet



Applications for our Centre for Advanced Training 2021 – 2022 are now open!

This year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no live preliminary auditions. Initial audition is by application and video submission of our set class available on our application form.

We hope to be able to offer recalled students live final auditions in line with the government Covid secure guidelines. This is subject to change dependent on restrictions at the time. Where possible, applicants will be allocated one of the below recall dates. Dates are subject to change depending on the situation with Covid restrictions:

CAT Final Auditions 2021
  • Saturday 13 March
  • Sunday 21 March
  • Sunday 28 March
  • Sunday 18 April
  • Sunday 25 April

For further information and to apply via our online application form please use the following link:

Apply to Vocational Programmes | Northern Ballet


Laura Walsh

Centre for Advanced Training Manager

Northern Ballet
Quarry Hill,
Leeds, LS2 7PA

0113 220 8000

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