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Jobs at Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is a powerhouse for inventive dance, creating and touring narrative dance at various scales nationally and internationally. Bold and confident in our approach, we engage, involve and move our audiences. We reach a diverse range of people through passionate storytelling, a mastery of classical dance technique and an absolute commitment to our leading role as an international ambassador for world-class dance.

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.

Work Experience at Northern Ballet

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 Dawn on 0113 220 8000

We also offer apprenticeships and internships.

Northern Ballet company auditions

Male and Female Dancers

We are looking for male and female dancers. You should be open-minded, creative and imaginative with strong classical technique and pointe work, exceptional partnering skills and strength.

Closed audition, by invitation only, will be held in Leeds on Sunday 14 February 2016.

Please submit a full CV (which must include height, weight, date of birth and nationality), recent full-length classical dance photos and DVD of centre class work in leotard/tights (ladies on pointe), showing long combinations both sides of adage, pirouettes, small and large jumps and a travelling combination (no costumes please) to: Matt Lawn, Northern Ballet, Leeds LS2 7PA by Monday 18 January 2016.

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.

You might also be interested in our Graduate Professional Programme, an exciting one-year classical ballet finishing course designed to make the connection between full-time training and professional performance. find out more

Director of Learning

The aim of the Learning Department is to deliver a programme of work that develops people’s understanding and enjoyment of Northern Ballet’s work. Last year, working with a diverse range of children, young people and adults, the Learning Team delivered approximately 2,300 sessions to an estimated 50,000 people, across a broad range of activity to engage and inspire people about dance. 

We are looking for a passionate, inspiring and creative Director of Learning to lead our exemplary Learning Team.  Representing a high quality ballet Company, you will provide strategic direction for the Learning Team as part of the development of Northern Ballet. The role of the Director is to design plans and implement programmes that achieve increased support and integration within the Company, contribute to its viability and enhance its reputation and audience development locally, nationally and internationally.

Full time position.

Salary £40,000 – £42,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Closing date for applications 12 noon on Monday 7 December 2015.

Interviews will take place in Leeds on Friday 18 December 2015.