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.