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 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, Ballet Du Capitole and Northern Ballet.
The Professional Graduate Programme is a full-time one year holistic training programme, designed to bridge the gap between full-time training and professional experience.Read more
Fees and Funding
Fees for our Professional Graduate Programme and funding opportunities.Read more
Apply to the Professional Graduate Programme
Find out how to apply for our full-time Professional Graduate Programme.Read more
'The most useful aspect of the Professional Graduate Programme was training in close contact with the Company, because it let us see how dancers work and perform. Thanks to the graduate programme I discovered the kind of work I needed to do in order to move from being student to a professional dancer.'
Albert Gonzalez Orts
'During my time at the Professional Graduate Programme my technique gained strength and confidence grew. I got the chance to perform with the Company in The Nutcracker and Puss in Boots, including being lucky enough to be part of filming the ballet for CBeebies which gave me touring and stage experience.'
'During my time on the Graduate Programme, I was really able to consolidate my technique and artistry with the focus of the course purely on auditions. I was extremely lucky over this time, to tour and perform a lot with the Company which is the best experience you can get going into this profession. This year at Northern Ballet was crucial to me as a dancer and I would not be where I am now without it.'
Photos Emily Nuttall.