Academy Open Days

Here is a list of our upcoming Open Days. Please click each one to find out more!

Saturday 8 February – Pre-Vocational Boys Open Day (CAT)

Pre-Vocational Training Open Days – Free

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

Northern Ballet are proud to be part of the National Dance CAT Scheme offering specialist training in dance. National Dance CATs provide high level dance training to students with strong levels of potential. The Academy of Northern Ballet are the only CAT scheme that specialises in Classical Ballet.

Our CAT open day offers a unique opportunity for young dancers in years academic 5-7 to experience and learn more about our pre-vocational 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 taking part in a masterclass with the Academy’s world-class teaching faculty. Participants will also have chance to learn Northern Ballet repertoire led by Northern Ballet company dancers and meet the dancers for a Q&A session.

Saturday 8 February 2020 Centre for Advanced Training open day for boys in academic years 5-7.
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, technique class, enhancement session, learning company repertoire and meet a company dancer with Q&A
For more information contact Centre for Advanced Training Manager Laura on 0113 220 3000 or click here
*Due to limited seating only two parents/carers per participant can attend.

Click here to register for one or more of the open days

'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!’

Open Day student
Mon 25 Nov 2019
Mon 11 Nov 2019
Mon 8 Jul 2019
The CAT programme has been an amazing experience for me, to have such intensive training without moving away to ballet school…