International Summer Intensive 2020

Senior Level

3 – 15 August 2019

For students 16 – 19 years

Northern Ballet’s renowned International Summer Intensive 2019 offers aspiring dancers the opportunity to take part in a two week course designed to give a unique insight and experience of life as a professional dancer, as participants mirror the lives of Northern Ballet’s Company Dancers, helping to prepare students ahead of professional auditions.

  • Taking place at the Company’s state-of-the-art studios in Leeds.
  • Daily classes focus on perfecting technique and strengthening and developing creativity and artistry.
  • Classes are led by an impressive teaching faculty made up of industry experts including Northern Ballet's Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, internationally renowned Ballet Mistress and former Prima Ballerina Yoko Ichino and Guest Artists.
  • Students will observe Company rehearsals.
  • Senior level vocational classical ballet students will also be offered the opportunity to take Company class with Northern Ballet’s professional dancers*.
  • This two-week course will culminate in a sharing which is attended by members of Northern Ballet’s Artistic Staff.

*Please note this opportunity is at the discretion of Ballet staff. Students of a proficent standard will be offered the opportunity to take part in Northern Ballet's Company class

Application Form

Limited spaces are available — apply early to avoid disappointment.

Northern Ballet currently has four professional dancers who are past summer school attendees; Filippo Di Villo, Ashley Dixon, Matthew Topliss, and Gavin McCaig.

Matthew Topliss as Lyr, Lord of the Sea in The Little Mermaid, Ashley Dixon as the Beast in Beauty & the Beast and Filippo Di Vilio as Shmuel in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Photos Emma Kauldhar.


"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 Central School of Ballet

"If you want to get a feel for what life as a professional dancer is really like, Summer School is the perfect opportunity experience the day to day running of a professional company. The intensity of the two-week course really gives you an insight into what life would be like as a professional dancer. Seeing the dancers around the building and watching rehearsals was so inspiring for me as a young dancer wanting to pursue dance as a career. The teaching is first class and I found the introduction to the Ichino technique really beneficial and something I could build into my personal technique to make me a stronger dancer.

Summer School is an invaluable experience not to be missed."

Gavin McCaig, Northern Ballet Dancer



Application process and eligibility

Both International and UK Senior Summer Intensive applicants should be in full time classical vocational training to be at the required standard for this course. Girls should be confident en pointe.
If you are unsure of your eligibility or need help with the Application process please visit our FAQs or email us at

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

Students auditioning from outside the UK
International students should complete the form, photographs and upload the required video link (YouTube/Vimeo Link) as part of their application. Students outside of the UK can audition via video link and must include material below (level appropriate) and class work should be shown in leotard and tights.

Video requirements
Your video should include centre adage, pirouette combination and a grand allegro combination.

Application Form

Application outcome
All UK and international applicants will be sent an outcome email following the closing date for Senior applications - week commencing 10 February 2020.


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 Intensive 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.Prices to be announced soon

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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