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Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) in dance help identify and assist young people with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.

This will enable them to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in dance.

The Academy of Northern Ballet is the only CAT that specialises in classical ballet in the UK. As a professional ballet company with a wealth of experience in training and nurturing dancers, we are perfectly placed to set aspiring young dancers on the path to achieving rewarding careers in dance.

What is different about CAT?

The Academy is one of the few classical training institutions in the UK to train in the same inspirational setting as professional company dancers.  This creates opportunities for mentoring and unique possibilities to work with, train alongside and gain invaluable insight from successful professional dancers.

Students train in world-class facilities under the expert guidance of an exceptional teaching faculty, led by internationally recognised Ballet Mistress and former prima ballerina of her generation, Yoko Ichino. Many of the teachers have also been professional dancers themselves and can relate to the students from years of professional experience.

Is it right for me?

We believe full-time dance training away from home is not the best option for every child and that some students excel further if they can remain at home for longer. Our students can live at home and attend their regular academic schools, whilst still training to the highest possible standards, mirroring the quality of training on offer at full-time vocational schools.

We are incredibly proud of our 100% success rate with graduate students who have gone on to pursue their dreams of becoming professional dancers.

Your future starts here.

‘As my journey as a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet begins I can reflect on what I thought was only ever a dream as I was growing up and training. My journey to this point would never have been possible without the intense but enjoyable training I received as part of the CAT programme.’
Charlotte Tonkinson, Aud Jebson Young Dancer, The Royal Ballet
Academy Director, David Nixon OBE, teaching male students. Photo Emily Nuttall.

Course Content

The classes and learning opportunities available as part of our CAT training programme.
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Fees and Funding

The costs of joining our CAT programme and funding support available.
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Yoko Ichino in class

The Ichino Technique

Whether aiming for a career in dance or simply dancing for fun, all students are trained under the Ichino Technique.
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Student Support

We aim to offer all students the best possible support and advice and ensure students have a safe and friendly environment in which to pursue their passion for dance.
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Charlotte Tonkinson photographed at the Savoy by Dennis Gocer, 2018

CAT Alumni

Students from our Centre of Advanced Training have gone on to earn places at these prestigious vocational schools and win contracts with these professional companies.
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Photo Emily Nuttall.