Tobias Batley

Premier Dancer

Tobias Batley

Tobias trained at the Hammond School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School. Before joining Northern Ballet in 2004 he danced with Cannes Jeune Ballet. Tobias was nominated for a National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) in 2010 and 2012.

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Favourite roles

Marc Antony, Cleopatra; Horatio, Laertes and Hamlet in Hamlet; Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights; Harker and Dracula, Dracula; Demetrius and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo, Romeo & Juliet; Anthony, Swan Lake; Bob Cratchitt, A Christmas Carol; Aramis, The Three Musketeers; Charles Darnay, A Tale of Two Cities; Valmont, Dangerous Liaisons; Albrecht in Giselle; 'Three Preludes' in I Got Rhythm and dancing in Powerhouse Rhumba for the Northern Ballet's 40th Anniversary Gala.

Career highlights

Creating the roles of Anthony in Cleopatra, Horatio in Hamlet and Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two Cities. Being nominated for Outstanding Classical Male Dancer by the Critics’ Circle in 2009 & 2011.

Previous companies

Jeune Ballet de Cannes.

Where were you born and raised?

Born in Preston, raised in Rivington.

Where did you do your dance training?

Hammond School of Dance and Royal Ballet School.

When did you join Northern Ballet?


What made you want to be a dancer?

I liked it.

What would be your dream role to dance?

Romeo in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo & Juliet.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

Robin Hood.

Describe your perfect Sunday morning...

Sleeping. [He's a man of few words our Toby - Ed]

What was the first and last albums/singles you bought?

first was Now 26 (favourite song Radiohead's Creep), the last song was We Are Young featuring Janelle Monáe by Fun.

What would be your luxury item on a desert island.

Playstation 3.

What's your favourite place in Yorkshire?

Laynes Espresso, New Station Street, Leeds