Tobias Batley

Tobias Batley

Tobias was born in Manchester and trained at the Hammond School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School. He danced with Jeune Ballet de Cannes before joining Northern Ballet in 2004 where he has danced every leading role in the repertoire. He was nominated for a National Dance Award in 2010 and 2012. Tobias left Northern Ballet in 2016 and is currently Co-Artistic Director of Southern California Ballet.

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Where were you born and raised?

Born in Preston, raised in Rivington.

At what age did you start dancing?

14 years old.

Where did you train?

Hammond School of Dance and Royal Ballet School.

Previous companies 

Jeune Ballet de Cannes.


Nominated for Outstanding Classical Male Dancer by the Critics’ Circle in 2010 & 2012.

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

Marc Antony (Cleopatra), Horatio, Laertes and Hamlet (Hamlet), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights), Harker and Dracula (Dracula), Demetrius, Lysander and Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Anthony (Swan Lake), Bob Cratchitt (A Christmas Carol), Aramis (The Three Musketeers), Charles Darnay (A Tale of Two Cities), Valmont (Dangerous Liaisons), Albrecht (Giselle), 'Three Preludes' (I Got Rhythm), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Prince Mikhail (Cinderella) and  Powerhouse Rhumba for the Northern Ballet 40th Anniversary Gala.

Career highlights

Creating the roles of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, Marc Anthony in Cleopatra, Horatio in Hamlet and Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two Cities. Being nominated for Outstanding Classical Male Dancer by the Critics’ Circle in 2010 & 2012.

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

Robin Hood.