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Jobs at Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is a powerhouse for inventive dance. Based in Leeds and loved nationally we are a busy touring ballet company performing in 30 theatres across the UK with our full-length and children’s ballets, giving more than 150 performances per year to more than 130,000 people. Thanks to the recent Arts Council funding announcement we are bringing the highest quality dance to even more parts of the country.

Whether based on tour, or at Northern Ballet HQ in Leeds, a career with us allows you to become part of an ambitious world-class arts organisation. Please see below for current vacancies.

Northern Ballet is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Tell Tale Steps is Northern Ballet’s inaugural Choreographic Laboratory, in partnership with Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet. It offers emerging choreographers studio time in a professional environment, working with Northern Ballet’s Company dancers to experiment with creative processes, play with movement ideas and begin to see a dance story from the perspective of the audience.

Working within the prescribed boundaries of narrative form and classical dance, you will be mentored by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and other guest artists will offer guidance throughout the process.

With a genuine interest in the narrative form and classical dance, you will be open-minded, collaborative and able to articulate your dance ideas.

To apply please send a CV along with a written statement, no more than one side of A4, detailing your interest and suitability, no later than Monday 5 January 2015 to:

David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet,
Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA.

The Choreographic Lab will take place at Northern Ballet from Monday 25 May until Saturday 20 June 2015.

The successful candidate will receive a £1,200 fee plus all reasonable expenses, accommodation and travel.

Northern Ballet tour the UK and overseas extensively each year. Our repertoire is a mix of both classical and neo-classical works as well as imaginative narrative full-length ballets.

We are looking for male and female dancers.

You must have strong classical technique, strong pointe work, good partnering skills and strength and should be open-minded, creative and imaginative.

Closed auditions will be held by invitation only on Sun 8 Feb 2015 in Leeds.

Please submit a full CV (which must include height, weight, date of birth and nationality), current full length classical dance photos and a video link (or DVD) of centre work on pointe in leotard/tights showing jumps, adage, pirouette and long travelling combinations.

By email to or alternatively by post to David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA.

The closing date for applications is Sat 24 Jan 2015.

Work experience could inspire you to pursue a career in the arts.   At Northern Ballet we aspire to offer this opportunity to more young people across Leeds and Yorkshire.

Work experience is for young people of school age (usually in Years 9, 10 and 11) and can take place at any time in the academic year.

It provides you with an opportunity to spend a week at Northern Ballet gaining a broad experience of working in an arts organisation.

The focus of the experience is on the non-performance areas of the company and during the week you will spend time in different departments including; Technical, Communications, Development, Wardrobe, Learning and the Academy.

We are looking for young people who are enthusiastic about the arts and want to learn more about working behind the scenes at a cultural organisation.

To apply please fill in the application form here and send it to or to know more about work experience please call Diane on 0113 220 8000

We also offer apprenticeships and internships. For further information about our current vacancies please look at our jobs page.