Associate Division

What is the Associate Division?

Established in 1998, the Associate programme enhances the training of the many excellent dance 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.

Course content

You’ll learn to travel and broaden your 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 more 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.

Is it right for me?

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.

The programme attracts students from as far afield as Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool, as well as many students from the Yorkshire area

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 – 12.45pm

Fees (2020/21)

Junior Programme £400 per year
Inter-Foundation Programme £520 per year
Intermediate Programme £720 per year
Senior Programme £720 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
Mon 25 Nov 2019
Mon 11 Nov 2019
Mon 8 Jul 2019
The CAT programme has been an amazing experience for me, to have such intensive training without moving away to ballet school…