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

Take your training to a whole new level as you learn from, perform alongside and train with the internationally acclaimed Northern Ballet. 

The Professional Graduate Programme is perfect for dynamic dancers who want to bridge the gap between full-time training and a performance career. You will be right at the heart of a professional ballet company with access to the same high standard of coaching as the dancers. 

This fully immersive development opportunity is designed for dancers aged 18-20 who have completed their vocational training. The training programme takes place in Northern Ballet's award-winning central Leeds headquarters which boasts some of the largest dance studios in Europe. The world-class teaching staff will offer you bespoke coaching advice and look out for performance opportunities throughout the year giving you a true taste of life in a professional company. 

What to expect from the Professional Graduate Programme

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

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Graduates from recent courses have won contracts with the likes of Ballet Cymru, Ballet Ireland, Baltic Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ukrainian Ballet of Peace, Ukrainian Classical Ballet, Ballet Du Capitole, English National Ballet and Northern Ballet.


Photos Emily Nuttall.