Academy Open Days

Open day for all — FREE

Are you aged 7 – 14 and dream of being a professional dancer?

At the Academy of Northern Ballet we are opening our doors on Sunday 20 January and giving you the chance to find out more about how up-and-coming ballet dancers train.

Join us for a fun day of dance and exploration where you can experience life at the Academy through watching current Academy students in a class, taking part in a taster class yourself and talking to the teachers. You’ll also get a sneak-peek at the amazing Northern Ballet studios, where Northern Ballet’s professional dancers train and rehearse.  

Make a day of it and enjoy a pop-up cake stall and other fun activities at our welcoming home on Quarry Hill.

10am – 11.30am 
9 – 11 years      
10.15am – 12noon 7 – 8 years      
11.30am – 1pm 12 – 14 years      

For more information contact the Academy on 0113 220 8000 or to book a place email stating which timeslot you would like to book. 


Centre for Advanced Training open days – FREE

Join our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) 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.

We are delighted to offer participants and their families* a rare opportunity to watch Northern Ballet’s outstanding company take class as well as take part in a masterclass with the Academy’s world-class teaching faculty.

Saturday 26 January 2019 
Centre for Advanced Training open day for girls aged 9-12      
Saturday 9 February 2019 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.


Sessions led by CAT teacher Miss Cara O’Shea

10.15am – 10.30am 
Registration for participants observing company class      
10.30am – 11.15am

Observing Northern Ballet company
technique class (optional attendance)

12.15pm – 3.30pm

Welcome, warm up, technique class,
enhancement session, meet a company dancer with Q & A


For more information contact Centre for Advanced Training Manager Yasmin on 0113 220 3000 or to book a place email stating which open day you would like to book.


*Due to limited seating only two parents/carers per participant can attend. 

'It was a fabulous day yesterday and my son was truly inspired. It was his first experience of ballet and he loved every minute’  

CAT boys Open Day parent

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

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