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Under the guidance of Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Academy Director, David Nixon OBE, our classes are led by our highly experienced teaching faculty in the same state-of-the-art building in which Northern Ballet’s Company dancers train.

From tiny tots to adults, find the right class for you.


Classes for Children

These fun-filled classes for ages 18 months to 8 years are accompanied by live music and are the perfect introduction to the basics of dance.
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Classes for Young People

Taught with live music, these classes develop each dancer’s technical ability whilst enhancing their presentation skills and musicality. Suitable for dancers aged 8 to 16.
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Classes for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to dance! Our classes classes for adults aged 16+ are accompanied by live music and are offered from beginner to advanced level.
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Classes for Over 55s

Whether you have danced all your life or simply want to try something new, our gentle ballet classes will keep you moving in a social and friendly class.
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Classes at Northern Ballet offer

  • Opportunities for all ages and abilities from mini movers to adult classes everyone who wants to dance can
  • Inspiration from training alongside Northern Ballet dancers
  • Excellence through tuition from world-class professionals
  • Innovation with seven state-of-the-art studios, 200-seat studio theatre and café
  • Accessibility with evening, weekend and lunchtime classes
  • Balance by way of Northern Ballet's unique curriculum concentrating on healthy training and happy bodies
  • Music played live in most classes
  • Progression for those wanting to pursue dance as a profession including our Centre for Advanced Training Programme (CAT) and International Summer School


To access any of the Academy of Northern Ballet classes please complete an online registration form with a £5 registration fee which entitles you to register for as many classes as you wish throughout the year. Spaces in all classes are issued on a first come first served basis.

Contact the Academy below or call 0113 220 8000.

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