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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.

We are not currently able to take any new registrations for our children's classes due to social distancing measures in place for our classes. Please check our website and social media for updates.

We are now taking registrations for our online adult classes. Click here to register.


Academy of Northern Ballet student in moving minis class dancing with a scarf

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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Academy Director, David Nixon OBE, teaching on the Academy's Summer School. Photo Lauren Godfrey

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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Viki Westall teaching an adults open class. Photo Emily Nuttall

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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Students doing centre work on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Over 55s class. Photo Kathie Tiffany

Classes for Over 50s

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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Photo Kathie Tiffany.