About the Academy

Inspiring the dancers of tomorrow, the Academy of Northern Ballet embodies a 21st Century approach to training. Under the direction of David Nixon OBE and Yoko Ichino, students receive the highest quality training that captures the talent and imagination of individuals and nurtures their passion for dance, creating balanced and healthy dancers who excel in technique and knowledge.

With the move to the Company’s new home in central Leeds comes the hope that the Academy will move one step closer to the dream of a full-time school. The growth of the Academy has demonstrated the wealth of interest and talent in the North of England and has helped put Leeds on the map as a centre for excellence in dance training and cultural opportunities.

Be a part of the Company

As the official training programme of Northern Ballet, Academy students are given the opportunity to audition to perform with the Company in some of Northern Ballet’s most treasured productions. This unique opportunity gives students an invaluable insight into life as a professional dancer and is the best possible preparation for a career as a professional dancer.

Wed 27 Jun 2018
Back by popular demand we have a number of additional Over 55s and Adult Drop-in classes taking place over summer. …
Tue 1 May 2018
Former Northern Ballet Soloist Jessica Morgan will run a four week course, ‘BarreFit – Get fit for the Summer’ adult class. …
Mon 30 Apr 2018
This August, the Academy of Northern Ballet’s International Senior Summer School gives participants an invaluable insight into the life of a professional dancer. …