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Our Professional Graduate Programme is a one year traineeship for aspiring dancers with bold ambitions.

This holistic training programme is designed to bridge the gap between full-time training and professional performance for students aged 18 - 20 years. With many opportunities to learn from, train with and perform alongside the internationally acclaimed Northern Ballet, this unique programme provides a fully immersive experience within a professional company. Training takes place in Northern Ballet’s award-winning central Leeds studios.

What to expect from the Professional Graduate Programme

You will follow the Ichino Technique, developed by Northern Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and Associate Academy Director, Yoko Ichino and class sizes are kept purposefully small so that you will receive bespoke tuition and mentoring.

Find out more about the course content.

Graduates from recent courses have won contracts with the likes of Ballet Cymru, Ballet Ireland, Baltic Ballet, and Northern Ballet.


Photos Riku Ito and Justin Slee.