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Fiona Beale
Fiona was born in Solihull where she started dancing, later she moved to Southampton and attended the Parkewood School of Dance. After this Fiona spent a year at the West Street Studios before completing her training at Central School of Ballet. She graduated from the school in 1996 and joined Northern Ballet.
We believe there is a dancer in everyone so now is your chance to shine! Under the guidance of Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Academy Director, David Nixon OBE, our classes are led by our highly experienced teaching faculty in the same state-of-the-art building in which Northern Ballet’s Company Dancers train.
Northern Ballet is launching an exciting new finishing year course for ballet graduates, designed by David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Director of Northern Ballet Academy and Yoko Ichino, Associate Director of Northern Ballet Academy, to help bridge the gap between leaving full-time training and starting life as a professional dancer.
Northern Ballet Academy student, Charlotte Tonkinson, enjoyed a particularly sweet sixteenth birthday this week when she secured a coveted place at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London.
Photo Martin Bell.
Our Graduate Professional Programme is an exciting one-year classical ballet finishing course designed to make the connection between full-time training and professional performance. Students train in the same inspirational surroundings as the Company dancers, in Northern Ballet’s state-of-the-art building, and are eligible for possible performance opportunities with the Company.
The aim of our Summer School is to prepare students for company life, to help them to understand the demands of a professional career on their bodies and the discipline required to prevent injury.  Students will learn the fundamentals of the Ichino technique - a pre-requisite for acceptance by Northern Ballet.
Mission Northern Ballet's Associate training programme was established in 1998 and today attracts students from as far afield as Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool. Students in the Associate Division are aged between 10 and 16 years old and currently contemplating a career in dance. The students attend regular weekly enhancement classes at the Academy, in addition to their regular training elsewhere, to help prepare them for future full-time vocational training. “
Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Mission The Professional Division is for students aged between 10 and 17 years old and provides intensive, non residential training to students who show exceptional potential in classical ballet. 100% of our students who have wished to continue their training post 17-years-old have gained entry into the top vocational dance schools both in the UK and abroad.
The International Easter Course is open to students who are already in full-time classical ballet training as well as students on classical associate programmes.
Our Academy's mini-movers left a message for everyone before they broke up for Christmas...


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