International Summer Intensive 2020

Intermediate Level

For students 12 – 16 years

27 July – 1 August 2020

Our Intermediate Summer Intensive gives students an opportunity to train intensively in the Academy’s unique training methods with Northern Ballet’s renowned full-time teaching staff and Guest Teachers. 

Following a syllabus set by Northern Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and former Prima Ballerina Yoko Ichino, students are shown the fundamentals of our technique through daily ballet class; contemporary classes / jazz classes; pointe work / mens classes.

Sharing the same world-class facilities as Northern Ballet’s Company Dancers students also observe the dancers in Company rehearsals and enhance their own knowledge and performance skills through enhancement sessions in anatomy and Pilates.

"I loved every minute of Northern Ballet’s Summer Schools! The teachers were world-class and I learnt so much in just one week by training intensively. The atmosphere was always really fun and it was a great opportunity to meet other young dancers who shared the same passion as me. "

Charlotte Tonkinson, former Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Graduate with
the Academy of Northern Ballet, now Dancer with the Royal Ballet.



Please read our photo and video requirements before you complete the application form as the form can not be saved once you start to complete it

Photo and video requirements

Required Photographs:
Our application forms will require you to upload photographs. All photographs should be taken in bare feet with either leotard & convertible tights or vest & shorts. Please include all the required photos.

Please have photographs ready before you complete the application form as the form can not be saved once you start to complete it

  • Facing to the back, feet together (parallel bare feet)
  • Facing forwards – tendu in second (bare feet)
  • Rise on demi-pointe in second (bare feet)

Video requirements (international applicants only)*.
All international applicants for our Summer Intensives (Intermediate and Senior levels) will be required to submit a YouTube or Vimeo link as part of their application when prompted.

Intermediate and Senior Summer Intensive video requirements for international applicants
Your video should include centre adage, a pirouette combination and a grand allegro combination

*Please note that ballet staff may request an additional video link for our UK applications if they feel this is necessary in order to support and review your application fully.

Application Process

Students applying from the UK should complete the application form and necessary photographs.

Application Form

UK Students not in full-time vocational training

Please complete the application form with necessary photos. The Academy team will contact you regarding your audition slot. Auditions will take place on Sunday 1 March.

UK Students in full-time vocational training

Students in full-time training do not need to audition. Instead, you just need to complete the application form with the necessary photos. 

Please note that applications for students in full-time training closes on 3 March 2020.

International Students

Students outside of the UK can audition via DVD (or YouTube/Vimeo Link). The DVD must include material below (level appropriate) and class work should be shown in leotard and tights. All students should also complete the application form with necessary photos. Your video should include centre adage, pirouette combination and a grand allegro combination.

All applicants for our Intermediate Summer School will be notified if they have been offered a place on the course week commencing 16 March 2020.


The Academy of Northern Ballet's Summer Intensive 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 and families are able to book to stay alongside students. Prices to be announced soon. Students offered a place on the course will be advised how to book online directly through Liberty Living.

Details of booking will be provided upon successful application. The Academy can suggest popular hotels and accommodation options for students on request.

Find out more

If you have any questions regarding the Summer Intensive or the application process please visit our FAQs or contact us at

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