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Get fit for Summer!

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Summer is here and it’s time to get fit, tone up and get dancing with Northern Ballet Academy’s Open Classes.

For the rest of this term Northern Ballet Academy are offering half price classes in contemporary and jazz to get the people of Leeds up and dancing and ready for the beach! That means classes are just £3.25 each.

Any students who are regularly attending our ballet classes can take their first contemporary and jazz class free of charge as a trial.

Class times

  • Contemporary 1 (beginners) - Tuesday 18.00-19.00
  • Contemporary 2 (intermediate) - Tuesday 19.00-20.15
  • Jazz 1 (beginners) - Wednesdays 18.00-19.00
  • Jazz 3 (intermediate - advanced) Thursdays- 19.30-20.30

These classes are fun, energetic and a great way to tone up whilst in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Places in the classes must be pre-booked by calling Northern Ballet Reception. Please quote ‘summer offer’. Bookings open from 10am on Monday mornings.

About the classes

Jazz is a fast-paced up-tempo class, really working on flexibility, coordination and dynamic attack. Learn routines to your favourite chart music or musical theatre tunes.

Contemporary classes will build your overall physical strength and help you with posture. Contemporary incorporates many ideas from classical ballet but often involves floor work and a free, fluid style of movement.

I really enjoy my dance classes at Northern Ballet. It has definitely helped with my overall fitness without me really realising it within the class - I’m always too busy trying to get my arms and legs to move in the right way! The classes all feel really friendly and we always seem to have a good laugh.

Adult open class student Emma

What to wear

Students need to wear clothing that allows them to move freely. You do not have to wear leotard and tights and most students wear tracksuit bottoms/ leggings and a t-shirt. You can wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes or bare feet.

We hope to see you all soon in one of our classes. If you have any questions at all please contact the academy on 0113 220 8000 or email

Come and try something new - you never know, you could be a natural!

The views expressed in blogs are those of the author and not necessarily of Northern Ballet.