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Audition FAQs

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 (Monday 7 Feb 2022). If you haven't heard from us within 5 working days of the closing date please

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. During this warm up time you will also have a headshot taken for recognition purposes and to help the panel with their decisions following the audition.

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.

Please do not worry if there is something in the audition that you haven’t done before. We aim to create a friendly and approachable environment during our auditions so please ask your audition teacher if you do not understand something and have a go at anything new.

Audition Stages

Preliminary auditions for CAT and Associates will take place on 6 March 2022.

For those who were successful in their preliminary audition, a recall audition for Associate and CAT applicants will be held on 20th March

CAT Foundation auditions involve one audition without a recall stage

What to 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 recalled to a class audition with our current senior associates 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. 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 for different attributes from programme to programme. 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 7 March.

Your final result will be emailed to you on the week of the 28 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.


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.

Find out more

How to find us

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.

The closest car parks to Northern Ballet are Victoria Gate Car park and NCP The Markets. Please note that Quarry Hill car park is undergoing major construction work and parking is no longer available.

Building information for parents

Due to Covid-19 Northern Ballet is only open to those attending events. Auditioning dancers will need to be at Northern Ballet at their designated arrival time and picked up promptly at their finish time. Currently parents will not be permitted to wait in the foyer. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and will contact you closer to the date of your audition with any changes to our building assessment.