Where we are based:

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

Age Range:

For young people aged between 10-16 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 flagship 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. 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.

Open Days and Auditions:

Please check here for the latest information about our 2024 Auditions and Open Days.

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Applications for our Centre for Advanced Training 2024 – 2025 are now open!

All eligible applicants will be offered a preliminary audition. The Academy Team will email you your audition time after the application closing date. All preliminary auditions will be held on Sunday 3rd March.

If successful in your preliminary audition, you will be invited to a recall audition. All recall auditions will be held on Sunday 17 March.

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

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Francesca Osborne

Centre for Advanced Training Manager

Northern Ballet
Quarry Hill,
Leeds, LS2 7PA

0113 220 8000

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