Associate Division


Northern Ballet's Associate training programme was established in 1998 and today attracts students from as far afield as Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Students in the Associate Division are aged between 9 and 16 years old and currently contemplating a career in dance. The students attend regular weekly enhancement classes at the Academy, in addition to their regular training elsewhere, to help prepare them for future full-time vocational training.

Course content

The Associate programme enhances the training of our many excellent schools in the north, giving students the opportunity to work in our vast studios with wonderful pianists, and to share a building with the Company's professional dancers. They learn to travel and broaden their movements, to respond to the music and attain correct posture and placement, which is vital to the health and lifespan of any young dancer.

Stronger technique brings better self-confidence and therefore increased freedom of expression. We want all our students to reach their maximum potential so that they can succeed in their auditions for vocational dance schools.

Sample timetable

Junior Associates Ages 9-11 Fridays 5.30pm – 7.15pm
Intermediate Foundation Classes Ages 11-12 Sundays 10.00am – 12.30pm
Intermediate Associates Ages 12-14 Saturdays 9.00am – 1.25pm
Senior Associates Ages 14-16 Saturdays 9.00am – 1.00pm

Fees (2019/20)

Junior Programme £385 per year
Inter-Foundation Programme £490 per year
Intermediate Programme £690 per year
Senior Programme £690 per year



‘It is an amazing place which has allowed her love of ballet to develop and flourish’                              

Parent of Associate Division student

‘Thank you most heartily for everything that you have done for Leon. He would not be realising his dream without you and we are deeply grateful to you all. He has learnt an enormous amount, about himself and about aspects of life that the overwhelming majority of young people his age simply are not exposed to though they deserve and need it.’

Associate parent, Leon Moran is now dancing with Matthew Bourne's New Advenures
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