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Audition FAQs

Audition FAQs

What is the application process?

To apply for either the Centre for Advanced Training, the Associate Programme, or both you must complete the application form here.

You will be directed to make a payment of £30 per applicant. This fee is the same whether you decide to audition for one or both programmes.

If you are a parent/carer applying on behalf of more than one child, please complete the application process separately for each child.

Do you offer free auditions?

The Academy of Northern Ballet has a limited number of free auditions for students wanting to audition for the CAT programme. These are given on a means tested basis. To apply for a waiver please complete the application form first. After submission you will be given the option to fill out the waiver.

When will I know if I have got an audition?

All applicants will be offered a preliminary audition slot via email following the closing date (Friday 24 February 2023). If you haven't heard from us by 3 March, please contact and we will look into this for you.

*Please ensure that you give correct email contact details on your application form and check your junk mail folder before contacting the Academy.

What will the audition involve?

You will be given designated arrival time to arrive for registration on the day of your audition. Please arrive with your dancewear under your outdoor clothes as there will be no changing space available. Prior to your audition you will be given a number and can warm up in the studio provided.

You will participate in a ballet class (45 min – 1.5 hrs age/course dependent) in front of an audition panel that will be appropriate for the expectations of your age range. You do not need to prepare any material prior to your audition.

If something new is demonstrated in the audition that you haven't done before, please don't worry. Ask your audition teacher if you're not sure or don't understand something and just have a go! Your teacher will be happy to answer any questions you have.

What are the audition stages?

Preliminary auditions for CAT and Associates will take place on 12 March 2023.

Recall auditions for those who were successful at preliminaries will be held on 26 March 2023.

*Recalls for Senior Associates and 12+ CAT may be invited to join a current class where they will be assessed instead of the 26 March recall.

Students applying for CAT Foundation will be invited to one audition only on Sunday 26 March.

What should I expect if I get a recall?


Junior, Intermediate foundation and Intermediate Associates will experience a ballet class similar to their preliminary audition. No pointe work will be required.

Senior Associates will be invited to a Senior Associate session which will include a ballet class with pointe work and a contemporary class.


Recalls for age 10 and 11 CAT students will include a ballet class similar to the preliminary audition.

Older level CAT students will be invited to join a current CAT class which may include pointe work.

Can I audition again if I am unsuccessful this time or have been unsuccessful previously?

Yes, definitely! We understand that students can improve significantly within a year and encourage unsuccessful applicants to return the following year to re-audition. We have current students on our courses where this has been the case.

What should I wear to my audition?

You can wear your regular dance attire for your audition.


A leotard and flat ballet shoes with elastics and socks/ transition tights are preferred in case you are asked to perform any tasks in bare feet. Hair should be off the face in a classical style with no accessories or jewellery.


Please have hair off your face. T-shirt/Leotard with tights/shorts and flat ballet shoes with elastics and socks.

If you do not have a regular dance kit you are invited to wear something comfortable to move in that will show your movements clearly such as your PE kit. Please no socks, denim or outdoor footwear.

All students should bring a water bottle into the audition studio with them.

What will I be assessed on in my audition?

We look at skills such as musicality, co-ordination and facility. In older auditionees we will be looking for a good foundation of strength and technique. Expectations for successful audition will vary depending on age and the course applied for.

What if I audition for more than one course?

If you are auditioning for more than one course, you will be required to attend two auditions on the same day.

We have more than one audition slot for each age group so you will not be in a class with everyone who is auditioning for a place on the course.

What if I can’t make my audition?

If you are unable to make your audition time/date please let us know as soon as you can by Although we cannot guarantee an alternative audition we will do our best to try and see you at another time/date.

When will I find out the result of my audition?

We will email you with the result of your preliminary audition the week of the 13 March.

Your final result will be emailed to you on the week of the 27 March.

Can I get any feedback from my audition?

Due to the high number of applicants we see we are unable to offer any feedback following your audition.

What is the cost of the audition?

The cost of our auditions is £30 and you may audition for both programmes for this price.

If you are applying for our CAT programme and need financial assistance to attend the audition we do have limited support available offered on a means tested basis.

How can I find you?

Northern Ballet is located in Leeds City Centre.

Our Address is: 2 St Cecelia Street, Leeds LS2 7PA.

We are approximately a 20 minute walk from the train station and are located very close to Leeds bus station.

Please note there is no onsite parking at Northern Ballet.

The closest car parks to Northern Ballet are Victoria Gate Car park and NCP The Markets. Please note that Quarry Hill car park is no longer in use.

Some building information for parents

Auditioning dancers will need to arrive at Northern Ballet for their designated arrival time and be picked up promptly at their finish time. Parents/carers will not be able to wait in the building while the audition is taking place but should wait with their child until they have been welcomed into the building by Northern Ballet staff.