Academy Open Days

Are you aged 9-15 and dream of becoming a professional dancer?

  General Open days dates

Sunday 21 January

Times Suitable for students in
9.00 – 12.30 Year 5
9.00 – 12.30 Year 4 
13.00 – 16.30  Year 6 & 7
13.00 – 16.30 Year 8+ 

Sunday 4 February

Times Suitable for students in
9.00 – 12.30 Year 5 
9.00 – 12.30 Year 6 & 7

What to expect on the day

Our free General Open Days give prospective students the chance to meet the Academy of Northern Ballet team and find out more about all our training programmes and our technique.
The Open Day will include:
  • Tours of the building
  • Ballet technique class
  • Creative or pointe/mens class (age dependent)
  • A presentation and Q&A led by Academy staff.
Parents/carers are invited to observe the full Open Day — guests are limited to 2 per dancer.
We would advise dancers have some experience in dance to find the class level comfortable.

How to Book & Further information

Academy of Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA

To book a place on our Open Days or to find out more about applying to the Academy please contact the Academy on 0113 220 8000 or email

  CAT Open days dates

Join our Centre for Advanced Training team for a free open day for aspiring young dancers.

Our CAT open day offers a unique opportunity for young dancers, aged 9-12, to experience and learn more about our professional training programme and connection to the company at Northern Ballet.

Saturday 27 January 2018
Centre for Advanced Training open day for girls aged 9–12
Saturday 10 February 2018
Centre for Advanced Training open day for boys aged 9–12

Some previous dance experience would help participants feel comfortable in the class however we encourage anyone to attend if they are interested in the CAT programme. We are looking for young people with talent, enthusiasm, and potential.

We are delighted to offer participants and their families a rare opportunity to watch Northern Ballet’s outstanding company take class. During the open day children and parents/carers will have the chance to meet a professional dancer and ask them about their training experience.

Timetable of the CAT open day 

Sessions led by CAT teacher Miss Cara O’Shea
10.15 – 10.30 Registration for participants observing company class.
10.30 – 11.15 Observing Northern Ballet company technique class (optional attendance).
12.15 – 15.30 Welcome, warm up, technique class, enhancement session, meet a company dancer with q&a
Parents/carers are encouraged to observe the students in class. Due to limited seating only two parents/carers per participant can attend. 

How to Book & Further information

Academy of Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA

To book please contact Centre for Advanced Training Manager Yasmin on or call 0113 220 3000


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“Thanks for a brilliant day — it was great for the children to experience what the audition will be like and I think Lucy will feel much more confident now”

Open Day parent 2012

‘ was even more fun than I thought — it was great to see round the building and the teacher was really funny!’

Open Day student 2012
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