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Ashley Dixon

Principal Character Artist and Assistant Rehearsal Director

Ashley is from Hull and trained at Central School of Ballet. He joined Northern Ballet in 2004.

Learn more about Ashley

Where were you born and raised?

Hull, East Yorkshire.

At what age did you start dancing?

At age seven.

Where did you train?

Central School of Ballet.

Falling in love, Beauty and Beast dance together
Ashley Dixon as The Magician in Cinderella
While the Lost Boys slumber, Peter and Wendy dance
The Nutcracker Prince lifts Clara high on their way into the dreamland
Ashley Dixon as Gercourt in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Emma Kauldhar
After a successful skirmish, Rochfort surveys the scene of the battle
Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan leaps high in the Darling children's bedroom
Van Helsing holds a torch in one hand and a crucifix in the other as he explores the tomb


Joint 3rd place in Dance Europe’s top 100 dancers in 2013.

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

Peter (Peter Pan), Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet), Oberon and Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nutcracker Prince (The Nutcracker), Heathcliff and Young Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights), Harker (Dracula), Hamlet (Hamlet) and Mark Antony (Cleopatra).

Career highlights

Creating the role of Beast in Beauty & the Beast.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

Robin Hood.

What is your favourite book?

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Anything hot.

How do you like to relax?

Listening to music and, call me sad but, I really enjoy DIY!

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

I never know how to answer this but I’m sure it would be something active.

Production photos taken by Emma Kauldhar and Alastair Muir.