Course Content

In addition to elite training in classical ballet, the Centre for Advanced Training Programme features classes and learning opportunities to create a solid foundation on which students can pursue their dancing aspirations.

These include:

  • Classes in contemporary dance, jazz, music and drama
  • Weekly studies in basic anatomy, nutrition and dance history
  • Intensive and holiday courses to build on confidence and technique and to widen knowledge of other areas of the arts
  • Opportunities for some students to perform with Northern Ballet
  • Two free theatre trips each year

Year 1

Approximately 10 hours training a week focusing on:

  • Usage and understanding of proper natural posture and body alignment
  • Body conditioning to strengthen, and to re-balance any muscular imbalances
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Presentation/joy of movement
  • Creativity
  • Introduction to pointe work
  • Additional sessions could include jazz, music & drama, basic anatomy, nutrition and dance history

Year 2

Approximately 10 hours training a week focusing on:

  • An increase in level of material
  • Muscle memory and strength building
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Pointe work
  • Additional sessions could include introduction to contemporary dance, and continuation of studies in music & drama, anatomy, nutrition and dance history

Year 3

Between 10-14 hours training a week focusing on:

  • Increasing the hours and intensity of classical training
  • Building technical and physical strength and stamina
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Additional sessions could include music & drama classes, weekly contemporary class, weekly Pilates reformer classes, RAD Inter Foundation, and studies in choreography & dance companies

Year 4-5/6

Between 10-18 hours a week (depending on age, level and academic year) focusing on:

  • An increase in level of material
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Repertoire and supported adage classes
  • Career advice and mental preparation and support for the career
  • Additional sessions could include weekly contemporary class, weekly Pilates reformer classes, RAD Intermediate, and separate male and female classes
Wed 27 Jun 2018
Back by popular demand we have a number of additional Over 55s and Adult Drop-in classes taking place over summer. …
Tue 1 May 2018
Former Northern Ballet Soloist Jessica Morgan will run a four week course, ‘BarreFit – Get fit for the Summer’ adult class. …
Mon 30 Apr 2018
This August, the Academy of Northern Ballet’s International Senior Summer School gives participants an invaluable insight into the life of a professional dancer. …