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About the Academy

Inspiring the dancers of tomorrow, at the Academy of Northern Ballet you will experience a 21st Century approach to ballet training.

Under the direction of David Nixon OBE and Yoko Ichino, students receive the highest quality training that captures your talent and imagination nurturing a passion for dance. You’ll develop into the best, healthiest dancer you can be, excelling in technique and knowledge.

Each year the Academy discovers home-grown talent in the North of England. You can be at the heart of this centre for excellence, located in one of the most thriving cultural scenes in the UK.

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, classes will be running at a reduced capacity in line with government guidelines and children's classes will be available to current students only.

We are now accepting registration for new adults to join our adult online classes. Please visit our adult classes and over 50s classes pages to find out more. We are closely monitoring the situation and hope to review our schedules to extend registration to new students. We will announce any changes to the current situation here.

The Academy is the only classical training institution in the UK to train in the same inspirational setting as professional company dancers. This creates invaluable opportunities for mentoring and unique possibilities to work with, train alongside and gain an insight into life as a professional dancer.
David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet

Photo Riku Ito.