International Summer Intensive 2019

Senior Level

5 – 17 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 international Guest Teachers including a Guest Artist from Company Wayne McGregor.
  • Students will observe Company rehearsals and attend a Q&A session with Company dancers.
  • 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.

Limited spaces are available - apply early to avoid disappointment.

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

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

Students applying from the UK should complete the application form and necessary photographs. Application forms should be returned to the Academy by post or scanned via email to 

Application Form

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.

Students auditioning from outside the UK

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.

Senior level (vocational) (16-19)

Your video should include centre class work showing long combinations on both sides, adage, pirouettes, small and large jumps and travelling combinations.


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.

Number of people   Cost
One person Single en-suite bedroom £120 per week
Family packages
Two people sharing One en-suite (1x ¾ bed) £180 per week
Two people Two en-suite rooms in same flat £200 per week
Three people Three en-suite rooms in the same flat £250 per week
Four people Four en-suite rooms in same flat £290 per week

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

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