International Summer School

  • Intermediates: 31 July – 5 August 2017
  • Seniors: 7 – 19 August 2017

The aim of our Summer School is to prepare students for company life, to help them to understand the demands of a professional career on their bodies and the discipline required to prevent injury.  Students will learn the fundamentals of the Ichino technique - a pre-requisite for acceptance by Northern Ballet.

Northern Ballet currently has three dancers who are past summer school attendees - Ashley Dixon, Victoria Sibson and Matthew Topliss.

In addition to dance classes (ballet, contemporary, repertoire, jazz, virtuosity) there will be enrichment sessions covering many vital topics - anatomy, nutrition, drama, Pilates, and opportunities to watch Northern Ballet in rehearsal.

The faculty will include members of the Academy teaching team, the Academy Associate Director Yoko Ichino as well as guest teachers and, if available, David Nixon OBE (Artistic Director).

The Summer School is an exciting and vibrant time when pupils from established dance schools across the world join together to strive towards their careers. Prepare to ache and groan before you achieve improved posture and technique, giving you the freedom to express yourself and smile!

"Northern Ballet Summer School has been truly inspirational, not only benefitting me as a dancer but as a person too, preparing me for what’s to come"

Student from Central School of Ballet

Girls will be expected to work on pointe from day 2, and boys will be given upper body strengthening. The demands are high, and therefore the improvement can be huge. If you aspire to becoming a ballet dancer, this summer school is for you! Come and join us!

Northern Ballet’s first International Summer School was held in 1999. It has run annually for the past 13 years and has been attended by more than 700 students. It is a great way for the next generation of dancers to have their first experience of training with the company- in fact 10 of our current company dancers had all been students on our summer school before they joined the company.

The Summer School consists of one week for Junior students aged 12 – 16 years old and two weeks for Senior students aged 16 – 19 years old.

School dates

  • Intermediates: 31 July – 5 August 2017
  • Seniors: 7 – 19 August 2017

"I come back to Northern Ballet every year. It’s my dance therapy- no one else explains and understands my movement in the same way"

Andrew McNicol, Academy student 2006-08 now choreographing for New English Ballet Theatre


  • Intermediates: £235
  • Seniors: £375


The Academy of Northern Ballet is a non-residential course. The Academy, in partnership with Liberty Living student accommodation, can offer students attending the course accommodation for the duration of the Summer School at student complex Liberty Dock. Students can book a room within shared flats at the residence which is a 10 minute walk from Northern Ballet. Students under 16 must stay with parent or guardian – family packages available. Please contact the Academy for further details.

Liberty Living prices

Price per student per week £110 (age 16+). Students will be allocated to flats of four with other students on the course.

Family Packages: Family flats will be dealt with as individual flat bookings and will not be shared with other students or families.

  • 2 ensuite rooms in same flat £170
  • 3 ensuite rooms in same flat £240
  • Family of 4 (3 ensuite rooms) £290 

The Academy can also suggest popular hotels and accommodation options for students on request.

Application Process

Applications will open in November 2016.

Students in full-time vocational training do not need to audition, just complete the application form.

Students outside of the UK can audition via DVD or online video link. Video must include centre practise, combinations (adage, pirouettes, jumps & traveling combos).