Centre for Advanced Training


The Academy of Northern Ballet is the only Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) in classical ballet in the UK. As a professional ballet company with a wealth of experience in training and nurturing dancers, we are perfectly placed to set aspiring young dancers on pathways to achieving rewarding careers in dance.

We believe full-time dance training away from home is not the best option for every child and that some students excel further if they can remain at home for longer. Our students can live at home and attend their regular academic schools, whilst still training to the highest possible standards, mirroring the quality of training on offer at full-time vocational schools.

We are incredibly proud of our 100% success rate with graduate students who have gone on to  pursue their dreams of becoming professional dancers.

The Academy is the only classical training institution in the UK to train in the same inspirational setting as professional company dancers. This creates opportunities for mentoring and unique possibilities to work with, train alongside and gain invaluable insight from successful professional dancers.

Students train in world-class facilities under the expert guidance of an exceptional teaching faculty, led by internationally recognised Ballet Mistress and former prima ballerina of her generation, Yoko Ichino. Many of the teachers have also been professional dancers themselves and can relate to the students from years of professional experience.

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‘As my journey as a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet begins I can reflect on what I thought was only ever a dream as I was growing up and training. My journey to this point would never have been possible without the intense but enjoyable training I received as part of the CAT programme.’

Charlotte Tonkinson, Aud Jebson Young Dancer, The Royal Ballet